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Story of disfigured girl being kicked out of KFC reportedly a hoax

Story Of Disfigured Girl Kicked Out Of A KFC May Be A Hoax

By EMILY CEGIELSKI

The story of a 3-year-old girl being kicked out of a Jackson, Miss. KFC because scarring on her face was frightening customers enraged the nation last week. The company immediately pledged to donate $30,000 to assist with medical bills for the young girl, who had been involved in a vicious pit bull attack.

But a new report is claiming the entire story is a hoax. According to the Laurel Leader-Call, sources told the Mississippi newspaper that the facts didn't add up, so the restaurant hired a private investigator to look into the issue.

"We continue to take this report seriously, and of course have great sympathy for Victoria and her family. Since we have so far not been able to verify the incident in our internal investigation, we have also hired a third-party consultant to conduct an independent investigation to help us resolve this matter," Jackson franchise owner Kirk Hannon said in a statement to to WJTV.

The LL-C reports that a source with deep knowledge of the investigation, who spoke on the condition of strict anonymity, said surveillance videos show that at no time on May 15 -- the day of the alleged incident -- were any children who matched the description of the young girl inside either Jackson KFC location. The source also claims that receipts show that no orders included both of the items the family claims to have ordered, mashed potatoes and sweet tea.

Teri Rials Bates, an aunt of the 3-year-old, took to Facebook to deny the allegations that the story is a hoax, according to the Associated Press.

"I promise it's not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has," the post said. "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."

According to the Clarion-Ledger, the family has so far received over $135,000 in donations through an online donations site. Doctors have even offered free surgeries for the little girl to reconstruct her face. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, KFC says they will honor their donation.

On Saturday night, the president of West Quality Food, one of the largest franchisees in the KFC chain posted on the Facebook page of a Jackson television station.

"When the allegation was first made, KFC pledged $30,000 to go to medical expenses and started an investigation to find the truth," West wrote. "They have pledged the money even if it is proven that the incident never happened. At this point their story is full of holes. Any thinking person who follows their timeline can see it. The event at KFC never happened."

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susanlenard June 24 2014 at 11:35 AM

Of course it was a hoax, or the other customers would be splayed across the tv screen, telling what they observed. Not one person has stepped forward to back up their claim. Yet, KFC has gone above and beyond by donating for her surgery even after knowing it was a scam. The parents should be jailed, and not profit one cent from this. I hope she gets the surgery, but the way her parents went about it was WRONG!

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mnbkny June 24 2014 at 12:05 PM

LIKE if you were smart enough to know this was a hoax the minute it was reported. The grandmother's story made no logical sense from the beginning. Scumbags from the start, first responsible for her dog attack — 10 (!) pit bulls around a young child? — and now subjecting her to this. This little girl doesn't need donations — she needs a new family.

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Meh... June 24 2014 at 11:29 AM

How sad that the parents used this poor child and her horrible injuries as an excuse to rip people off. I'm sure people would have donated money for their medical bills without this bogus story. It is still sad what happened to this little girl, and even sadder that her family used it as an excuse to rip people off.

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golfstang June 24 2014 at 11:49 AM

The media blew up another story without actually investigating the claims. People who donated to help her family with costs were very kind, but we will soon not trust any of these reports and the real people in need will suffer.

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guinnessfan June 24 2014 at 12:11 PM

Now... let's hear from all those who vowed to never eat at KFC again after this story first broke, and 95% of all the commenters jumped to the conclusion that it was true despite there being no evidence. I think it's tragic that KFC has promised to contribute $30K to her medical bills even though it was all a lie. This will be a terrific life lesson for this young girl who can only take away from this that people are gullible and lying is highly profitable. They've gotten doctors to promise to perform the surgery for free, $30K from KFC, and $135K from private donors. I hope some DA decides to prosecute the grandparents for fraud if this hoax allegation holds up. I have no problem with the girl getting her surgery, but the grandparents need to go directly to jail for a couple of years. Let them make that sacrifice for her, then I'll be impressed.

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sdoitguys June 24 2014 at 11:45 AM

Unfortunately, the girl was attacked by dogs and now her family is using her and she is not at fault in any of it. Good for KFC for honoring their commitment.

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moradadavislodi June 24 2014 at 11:31 AM

I saw the mother of the child on television and I had a very bad feeling about her. It was one of those moments where the red flags started waving.

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bknab101 June 24 2014 at 11:43 AM

So sick of people taking advantage of the kindness of others to the point they lie about their own health or, in this case, parents use this child's tragedy for profit.. scammers have always existed but it sure seems like since Obama has come along, a whole generation of of younger people think it's "OK" to lie to get what they want,,when caught they just lie to cover up the lies until the proof is so overpowering to their lies that they simply go "oops" and dump a sob story on us and think that the lies and scams were "OK" as long as they apologize when caught... how about REDEMPTION? We need more acts of redemption, even if it has to be a forced redemption through the criminal justice system.

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kale0 June 24 2014 at 11:49 AM

The individuals who donated money should be allowed to get their money back. Honestly, since it now appears that the parents are far less than honest, how are we to know that the money is actually going to be used for the little girl? I am not even sure if I buy the pit bull mauling story anymore either. What con artists, glad I didn't donate any money and I feel sorry for those who did.

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Jimmy June 24 2014 at 11:42 AM

did have a sneaking thought this may not be so. No business in their right mind would do this, ask a child who's scared to leave. Doubt any business is that cold blooded

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