Last week, a Jackson, Mississippi KFC outraged thousands by asking a young girl baring visible scars from a dog attack to leave. Now sources report that the entire story may be a hoax. “Surveillance videos from both the KFC locations on Meadownbrook Road and Woodrow Wilson Avenue did not show any children matching Wilcher’s description enter the restaurant on the day of the alleged incident,” WMUR9 and The Laurel Leader Call report.
Her grandmother’s, Kelly Mullins’ , account may also be untrue. “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,” Mullins told WMUR9. Receipts and transactions records show there were no orders for mashed potatoes and sweet tea.
Last week, several new groups reported three dogs attacked the 3 year old girl, Victoria Mullins, at her grandfather’s house. Later that same day, her grandmother recorded her claims about the local KFC on social media. “The family has raised more than $135,000 since the story aired, and KFC pledged $30,000 to help with the girl’s medical bills,” WMUR9 continues.
Have you experienced any cases of people “crying wolf” firsthand? Are news groups today likely to accept social media accounts without verification?