The KFC restaurant chain is apparently making amends after a 3-year-old girl and her family were asked to leave a Mississippi KFC because of the girl's appearance as she recovers from a serious attack by three pit bulls. Victoria Wilcher was attacked a few months ago, and she was at the restaurant with her grandmother following a doctor's appointment that is part of her ongoing care.
After word of the incident went viral across social media outlets, the company apologized to the family, and pledged to donate $30,000 toward Victoria's medical bills.
"The entire KFC family is behind Victoria," company spokesman Rich Maynard told WTVR. More from the station's report:
"She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow (the potatoes). They just told us, they said, 'We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.' (Victoria) understood exactly what they said," [said grandmother Kelly Mullins.]
Victoria cried all the way home, Mullins said.
"She's got a lot of surgeries to go through and she won't even look in the mirror anymore," Mullins told WAPT. "When we go to a store, she doesn't even want to get out (of the car). She's three years old and she's embarrassed about what she looks like. She's embarrassed and I hate it because she shouldn't be. It ain't her fault."
Victoria's family recounted the incident in a Facebook page set up to raise money for her medical expenses.
"Does this face look scary to you?" the family posted on the Victoria's Victories Facebook page. "I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO."
The anger spread.
"As soon as we were notified of this report Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC," the company said. "Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria's family and are committed to assisting them."