Pretending you were discriminated against so as to gain fame and fortune isn’t just for politically privileged demographic groups anymore. Others can join in the fun:
The story of a three-year-old girl who was asked to leave a KFC because her dog attack scars were scaring the other customers has been accused of being a hoax.
Kelly Mullins, the grandmother of Victoria Wilcher, who was left with severe facial injuries after being attacked by her grandfather’s pitpulls, claimed KFC staff at a branch in Jackson, Mississippi, asked them to take the three-year-old out of the fast food restaurant because her appearance was putting the other customers off.
Following outcry over the incident, KFC apologised and pledged $30,000 to help pay the medical bills for Victoria, who had lost her right eye as well as suffering a broken upper and lower jaw, nose and cheek during the attack.
As the story spread around the world, $135,000 was also donated to the family’s GoFundMe page from the public to help pay for Victoria’s treatment and surgery. Members of staff at the KFC store also said they became the victims of death threats because of the claims.
However, it is now claimed the family made the whole story up, with local newspaper Laurel Leader-Call reporting there is no evidence the story ever occurred.
There is, however, various evidence that it never did occur, including CCTV footage.
These days, there is no price for getting caught in a lie:
Dick West, whose company owns the local KFC franchises, said that the company will still offer the $30,000 to the family despite all the evidence that the “event at KFC never happened”.
A lawyer for Mullins said the family have not decided whether they will accept the offer from KFC yet.
Maybe if KFC raises the offer to $40K, the family will deign to take the free money. Then again, maybe a lawsuit could bring in even more.
Because she’s only three years old and a cutie, and because it isn’t her fault if her relatives have been pulling a scam, Victoria Wilcher will be left off the hoax dishonor roll:
• Grand Valley State University student
• Richard Kennedy
• Anonymous Hercules Middle-High School student
• Joe Williams
• Andrea Brazier
• Genesis Hernandez
• Danya Morales
• Toni Christina Jenkins
• Dylan Bleier and Matt Alden
• Meg Lanker-Simons
• Olander Cuthrell
• Charlie Rogers
• Sharmeka Moffitt
• Joseph Baken
• Alexandra Pennell
• Aimee Whitchurch and Christel Conklin
• Quinn Matney
• Aubriana Banks
• Sarah Marshak
• Floyd Elliot
• Tawana Brawley
• Crystal Gail Mangum
• Kerri Dunn
• Leah Miller
• Ahmad Saad Nasim
When someone complains of discrimination and then sticks their hand out for money and/or basks in the victimhood limelight, it is safe to assume a hoax is taking place.
On a tip from Bodhisattva. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.