June 24, 2014 3:30 pm -

The family that claimed their daughter was asked to leave  Kentucky Fried Chicken store because she was scaring other customers is reported to be a hoax.

According to an Associated Press report published on Tuesday, the story, first posted on Facebook by Victoria Wilcher’s grandmother, was “generated out of whole cloth and resulted in the family bilking the public and professionals for more than $135,000 in cash, as well as gifts and free surgeries.”

Kelly Mullins, Victoria’s grandmother, said she was driving her granddaughter home from the hospital when they stopped at a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi, for sweet tea and mashed potatoes.

“They just told us, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,’” Mullins told WAPT-TV earlier this month. “[Victoria] understood exactly what they said.”

KFC offered$30,000 toward Victoria’s medical needs and other offers poured in.

“I promise [it’s] not a hoax,” Teri Rials Bates, Victoria’s aunt, wrote in a Facebook post. “I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has. The article circling the web calling this a hoax is untrue. The article it self say the investigation is not complete. It is not over until KFC releases a statement.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.