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KFC probes whether scarred girl was asked to leave

3-Year-Old Mauled By Pit Bulls Allegedly Told To Leave Restaurant

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - KFC Corp. says it's investigating allegations that a restaurant employee in Jackson, Mississippi, asked a 3-year-old to leave because her facial injuries disturbed other patrons. The company is also giving $30,000 toward Victoria Wilcher's medical bills, a spokesman said Sunday.

The allegation about KFC was made Thursday on "Victoria's Victories," a Facebook page following Victoria Wilcher's recovery from a pit bull attack in April. The administrator posted a photo showing Victoria smiling shyly in spite of her facial scars and cartoon-decorated eye patch, and wrote, "Does this look scary to you? Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners."

KFC posted an apology the next morning, requesting details.

"As soon as we were notified of this report on Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC," spokesman Rick Maynard wrote Sunday in an email to The Associated Press. "Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria's family and are committed to assisting them. The company is making a $30,000 donation to assist with her medical bills. The entire KFC family is behind Victoria."

Her grandmother Kelly Mullins said Victoria had just been to a doctor's when they stopped at the restaurant. She ordered mashed potatoes for Victoria because she thought the hungry child could swallow the soft food without chewing.

She says she was then approached by an employee. "They just told us, they said, 'We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,'" she told WAPT-TV (http://bit.ly/1p7ByYo).

Victoria wept all the way home and now is embarrassed by her appearance - something that wasn't the case before, Mullins said.

"She won't even look in the mirror anymore," Mullins said. "When we go to a store, she doesn't even want to get out" of the car.

Victoria was attacked by pit bulls at her grandfather's home. The dogs broke her nose, both jaws, cheekbones and right eye socket; the right side of her face is paralyzed and she lost that eye, according to her Facebook site. Her bottom jaw was reconstructed but she needs a feeding tube and must grow more bone in her face before more surgery is possible, it states.

The page's administrator wrote Sunday that "Victoria's Victories" had gone from 250 people praying for Victoria to thousands.

The page had more than 32,500 "likes" on Sunday.

A message posted Friday evening by another Mississippi KFC franchisee, Dick West of West Quality Food Service in Laurel, offered "a big KFC picnic" for the child and her family.

West also wrote that he knows the Jackson restaurant owners "and they have never in the 50 years they have operated in Jackson allowed anyone coming into their restaurants to be treated with dis-respect."

In a message to the AP, he wrote, "I am sure KFC will make their finding public as soon as the facts are in. In the meantime, I offered to treat Victoria to a picnic because regardless of the outcome of the investigation, she has been thru more than any little girl should and I wanted to give her a special treat."

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auburndbst June 15 2014 at 10:34 PM

Hope the Grandfather is in Jail for having these murderous animals around his 3 year old granddaughter, what he did to this poor girl is much worse than what happened at KFC.

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beardg June 15 2014 at 10:30 PM

This is a case of one @-hole employee...The company has stepped up and IMMEDIATELY PAID 30K to the little girls med bills....How can anyone fault them. When the jerk is fired that is all that can be done. I applaud KFC (even tho I can no longer eat their food).

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Saint Richard June 15 2014 at 10:28 PM

They're lucky it wasn't me. I would have told them that WE ARE STAYING, and ask the other customers to leave if they are offended. And then I would tell the employee to get the f--- away from my table and not come back. The problem with many people is that they are afraid of authority, or someone who pretends to be an authority.

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cclawnj June 15 2014 at 10:14 PM

The poor little darling! Too bad about the poor judgment shown by the employee (or whoever told them to do it). Great that KFC is helping out. I sure hope the little sweetie's physical and mental discomfort is over soon and that she heals up with a minimum of scarring. Our prayers are with her and her family.

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Ryan James June 15 2014 at 10:27 PM

KFC, Please investigate the horrific damage Pitt Bulls do to children EVERYDAY in this country. The statistics speak for them selves. Search ' Fatal dog attacks' .Its the dog, not the owners. There are hundreds of cases where ' good people,good families have these vicious animals kill, and usually a small child. These carnivorous predators should not be pets or living in communities. Over 1500 people a month have to have reconstructive surgery because of Pitt Bulls alone. No other breed comes close to these numbers. Bird dogs chase birds, water dogs love water, Pitt Bulls Kill. How many more children have to be killed or disfigured.

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ammy1951 June 15 2014 at 10:17 PM

OMG...This little girl is beautiful. why do some people say ignorant things?

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ohioh111b111y June 15 2014 at 10:17 PM

If the childs scars were disturbing other customers: HAVE THEM GET TAKE OUT AND LEAVE.

If this story is true: KFC should shut down in that area. They obviously are nuts.

I find the story as told: almost unbelievable. I am glad that KFC is investigating.

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Scoot June 15 2014 at 10:34 PM

where are all the pit bull luvers now ?

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sqratt June 15 2014 at 10:14 PM

What a despicable employee!! Cruel and heartless! $30,000.00 isn't enough to help this little young lady. She is going to require many surgeries and even though the accident was not KFC's fault, the thoughtless cruelty of the KFC employee scarred this child for life and she should be WELL compensated!! Not just a measley $30,000.00!

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jbiggs01 June 15 2014 at 10:18 PM

KFC is going down. Nobody will visit there after this

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