Sunday 23 November 2014

KFC to pay medical bills following allegations girl (3) was asked to leave restaurant because her face was 'scary'

Published 16/06/2014 | 22:55

KFC has 'launched an investigation' after claim by family that 3-year-old, who had been mauled by three pit bulls, was forced to leave one of the chain's restaurants

KFC are investigating allegations that a restaurant employee in Jackson, Mississippi asked a three-year-old girl to leave the premises because her facial injuries were too ‘scary’ for other customers.

The fast-food restaurant also said it is also giving $30,000 towards young girl Victoria Wilcher’s medical bills.

The allegations came to light at the weekend when the family of Victoria made their complaint public through a post on the ‘Victoria’s Victories’ Facebook page, which was set up to chronicle the youngster’s recovery.

“Does this face look scary to you?” the post reads, alongside an image of Victoria.“Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners.”

KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said the company had launched an investigation into the incident. “We take this very seriously, as we have zero tolerance for any kind of hurtful or disrespectful actions toward our guests,” he said.

“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.”

The company also responded directly through Facebook with a comment underneath the family’s post.

KFC spokesman Rick Maynard also wrote an email to The Associated Press, requesting details of the incident.

"As soon as we were notified of this report on Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC," Maynard wrote.

"Regardless of the outco Dog attack victim (3) 'asked to leave KFC because face was scaring customers' me of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria's family and are committed to assisting them. The company is making a $30,000 donation to assist with her medical bills. The entire KFC family is behind Victoria."

Victoria, from Mississippi, was savagely attacked by three pit bulls which dragged her from her grandfather’s trailer in April.

As well as losing an eye, her upper and lower jaw, nose and cheek bones were broken in the attack, her family said in a Facebook post.

As a result she has lost the ability to move the right side of her face.

‘Victoria's Victories’ Facebook page had gone from 250 fans to 55,500 in just two days.

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