A woman is claiming that her three-year-old granddaughter was asked to leave a Jackson, Mississippi area KFC because the scars on her face were disturbing customers. According to WAPT-TV, Kelly Mullins took her granddaughter Victoria — who was attacked by pit bulls in April and left with scarring and paralysis on the right side of her face — to a KFC to eat after a doctors appointment. After ordering, employees allegedly told them, "We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers."
The incident was made public when it was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to Victoria's recovery called Victoria's Victories. The post included an image of the little girl with an eye patch on smiling; the caption read: "Does this face 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 then responded to the post that the company was investigating the accident, and that it has "zero tolerance for any kind of disrespectful behavior by our team members."
A spokesperson for the chain wrote in an email to the Associated Press that they have apologized to the family and that "regardless of the outcome" of the investigation, KFC is "committed to assisting them." The spokesperson also notes that the company will make a $30,000 donation to help with Victoria's medical bills. Many others have also stepped in to help the family out financially: A GoFundMe page set up for Victoria has seen hundreds of donations in just the past few hours and has raised over $60K in total. Go, watch the local news story:
Video: Scarred Girl Turned Away from KFC
· Girl Scarred by Pit Bull Attack Asked to Leave Restaurant [WAPT-TV]
· Victoria's Victories [Facebook]
· KFC Probes Whether Scarred Girl was Asked to Leave [AP]
· All KFC Coverage on Eater [-E-]