Kelly Mullins, grandmother of Victoria Wilcher, a three-year-old who was attacked by three pit bulls in April, was reportedly told to leave a Jackson, Mississippi KFC because her granddaughter’s facial scars upset the customers.
Wilcher, whose face was left partially paralyzed in the wake of the mauling, has been through numerous surgeries and, according to her grandmother, Kelly Mullins, “won’t even look in the mirror anymore.” Mullins told 16 WAPT News that “when we go to a store, she doesn’t even want to get out (of the car). She’s 3 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.”
Last week, Mullins took her granddaughter to the doctor, and then to KFC. According to Mullins, she ordered mashed potatoes and gravy because Victoria was on a feeding tube at the time. That was when a KFC staffer asked her and Victoria to leave. “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.”
Mullins said that she did, and that the toddler cried all the way home. Mullins was understandably upset:
No matter what’s wrong with a person, if a person’s different, if a person’s scarred, or is a different color or anything, people shouldn’t be discriminated against. Her being 3 years old and already being discriminated against, it makes me mad, because I know for the rest of her life it’s going to be like that.
KFC spokesperson, Rick Maynard, sent 16 WAPT News a statement on Friday:
KFC launched an investigation as soon as we were made aware of this report. We take this very seriously, as we have zero tolerance for any kind of hurtful or disrespectful actions toward our guests. Our investigation is ongoing, but we have been in touch with the family and are committed to doing something appropriate for this beautiful little girl and her family. We will also work with the franchisee to take appropriate action at the restaurant once the specifics of the incident are determined.
Victoria is doing well after the dog attack, and while she’s still on antibiotics and has more surgeries ahead of her, her grandmother says that “she’s a fighter” and that “she surprised us.” Donald Mullins, Kelly Mullins’ ex-husband, shot two of the dogs that attacked Victoria and the third dog was euthanized. Donald Mullins and his girlfriend, Rita Tompkins, were arrested after the attack for endangering a child.
h/t Opposing Views
Victoria Wilcher, 3, was reportedly told to leave a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Jackson, Miss., because her facial scars supposedly scared customers.
Wilcher’s face was mauled by three dogs.
“The right side of her face is paralyzed. She’s got a lot of surgeries to go through and she won’t even look in the mirror anymore,” Wilcher’s grandmother Kelly Mullins told 16 WAPT News.
“When we go to a store, she doesn’t even want to get out [of the car],” added Mullins. “She’s 3 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.”
Mullins took her granddaughter to the doctor last week and then stopped by a KFC where she bought her some mashed potatoes.
“She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow [the potatoes],” Mullins recalled. “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.”
Mullins says they left, but the toddler cried all the way home.
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