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The story of a 3-year-old dog bite victim getting kicked out of a Jackson, MS KFC was a hoax, according to published reports.

The story went viral on Facebook last week after the girl’s aunt wrote a post claiming the child and her grandmother were asked to leave a Kentucky Fried Chicken location because her facial scars scared the customers.

The scam resulted in “the family bilking the public and professionals for more than $135,000 in cash, as well as gifts and free surgeries,” writes the Laurel Leader-Call.


Teri Rials Bates, the girl’s aunt who runs the Victoria’s Victor Facebook page, wrote that the girl and her grandmother, Kelly Mullins, were at a KFC location on State Street. But that location has been closed for years, according to the Leader-Call.

“Thank you for your support for Victoria. If you would like to file a complaint its the KFC on State Street in Jackson MS,” Bates originally wrote.

Bates then changed her story, writing, “Im the Aunt, I run her page and Im the one that miss quoted that it was State street when it was actually Woodrow Wilson. Dont blame the grandmother for my mistake!”

But the hoax quickly unraveled after store receipts from the only other KFC locations in Jackson, MS were analyzed.

Mullins told WAPT-TV in Jackson shortly after the incident went viral on social media June 12 that: “I ordered a sweet tea and mashed potatoes and gravy. I sat down at the table and started feeding her and the lady came over and said that we would have to leave, because we were disturbing other customers, that Victoria’s face was disturbing other customers.”

The source told the Laurel Leader-Call no orders were recorded to include mashed potatoes and sweet tea on the same transaction, or even the two items as part of a larger order on May 15 — the day of the reported incident.

KFC managers defended their workers at both locations near the hospital where the little girl received treatment after she was mauled by 3 pit bulls.

“We have never ever ever run off anyone, and we have seen some really really sick people come to the restaurant from the hospital,” the source said. “We’ve had people come in who were shot in the face. We’ve had them with tubes and wire sticking out. We never have asked anyone to leave.”

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