Fair warning: When we first heard about this story, it made us so angry we had tears in our eyes. And we anticipate that anyone reading this will have the same reaction.
Victoria Wilcher (pictured above) is an adorable 3-year-old girl from Harrisville, Miss. A couple of weeks ago, she was attacked by three pit bulls that got into her grandfather's house, and she had to have surgery to fix her broken jaw, nose and cheek bones and she completely lost her right eye.
Last week, her grandmother Kelly Mullins took Victoria to a KFC in Jacksonville to get something to eat after a doctor's appointment. After they ordered their food, Kelly alleges that an employee asked them to leave because Victoria's scarred face was upsetting diners.
"I ordered a large sweet tea and her some mashed potatoes and gravy because she was hungry. She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow [the potatoes]," Mullins tells WAPT-TV about the incident. "They said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.' [Victoria] understood exactly what they said."
Kelly says that Victoria cried all the way home after being asked to leave and that she has since felt very self-conscious about her scars, which wasn't a problem for her before.
"She won't even look in the mirror anymore. When we go to a store, she doesn't even want to get out [of the car]," she said. "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."
If this actually went down, then we are officially more nauseated than we would be after eating a KFC Double Down sandwich. Becayse if we were working at that KFC and customers had come up to us to complain about the face of a 3-year-old girl who obviously had experienced some severe trauma, we would have asked those people to leave. Not the grandmother just trying to get her granddaughter some soft food to snack on. If you have the audacity to be annoyed at a little girl and her scars, then you can get the hell out and find your fried chicken elsewhere. And the employees that reportedly told Victoria to leave can get the hell out, too.
See? Told you we were mad. Thankfully, KFC was also mad when they heard about the incident. Kelly took to Victoria's Facebook support page to write what happened, and the story quickly went viral. KFC soon commented under the story that they were looking into the incident and has since offered to donate toward Victoria's medical bills.
"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," spokesman Rick Maynard told ABC News. "Regardless of the outcome 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."
He also insisted that KFC is working "to take appropriate action at the restaurant once the specifics of the incident are determined."
Since Victoria's story lit up the Internet, over $75,000 has been donated toward her medical costs. If you want to give toward her recovery, you can do so at Victoria's GoFundMe page.