Hoax! Grandmother's Claim that KFC Kicked Out Her Scarred Granddaughter Reportedly Bogus
What's even more heartbreaking is that the story may be a hoax. News broke this morning that an investigation has reportedly discovered that the family never visited the store May 15. There was no order of sweet tea and mashed potatoes (because little Victoria was struggling to eat). The tear-jerker of a fraud, perpetrated by the girl's grandmother, Kelly Mullins, led to $135,000 in donations for the injured girl, $30,000 from KFC, and free surgeries from a Las Vegas surgeon.
Kind, generous and shocked readers flocked to the Victoria's Victories Facebook page, generating 189,459 likes, flooded social media, and threatened to boycott KFC.
Teri Rials Bates, Victoria's aunt, posted this update on Facebook today:
I promise its not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has. The article circling the web calling this a hoax is untrue. The article it self say the investigation is not complete. It is not over until KFC releases a statement. The media outlet running this story is not connected with KFC. The family has not asked for anything, a attorney is handling all the media publicity for the family pro bono. Please do not believe untrue media. I have personally watched this family go without to provide for Victoria. They have not and would not do anything to hurt Victoria in any way.
If this investigation proves true and the story is bogus, Kelly Mullins joins the Great Hall of Hoaxes, which includes such stellar examples of humanity as the woman who faked cancer to raise money for breast implants, and countless charity donation scams.