KFC has issued a $30,000 apology to the family of a 3-year-old Mississippi girl who was asked to leave one of their restaurants because her scarred face was "disrupting our customers."
The little girl, Victoria Wilcher, suffered serious facial injuries after being attacked by her grandfather's three pit bulls. The dogs have since been put down. Victoria is recovering from broken bones in face, but she was left with visible scars and lost one eye.
Since being kicked out of KFC, Victoria has become self-conscious about her injuries and afraid to look in the mirror.
"When we go to a store, she doesn't even want to get out," her grandmother told WAPT. "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."
In a statement, KFC apologized for its franchisee's behavior toward the little girl, and agreed to donate $30,000 toward her medical bills, which the family is struggling to pay.
"As soon as we learned of the report on Friday, we immediately began an investigation. This kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC. Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria's family and are committed to assisting them. We are making a $30,000 donation to help with her medical bills. The entire KFC family is behind Victoria and her recovery."
Victoria still needs several more surgeries to reconstruct the right side of her face, which remains paralyzed. At the time of the KFC visit, she was on a feeding tube, but her family felt mashed potatoes would be soft enough for her to eat without chewing.
[H/T Opposing Views, Photo via Facebook]