KFC Hoax Family Rejects $30,000 From Franchise, Keeps Over $100,000 From Strangers

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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The Wilcher family, whose story went viral in June after claiming Victoria, their 3-year-old daughter, was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because of facial scars from a pit bull attack, is rejecting the $30,000 KFC offered to them.

The family’s attorney, Bill Kellum, told The Clarion-Ledger they rejected the donation intended to pay for medical bills “because we didn’t feel it was appropriate to accept it after everything KFC has done.” Or it’s probably because the entire story was made up and KFC’s internal investigation provided no evidence the grandmother and toddler even visited the store. (RELATED: Report: Story Of Toddler Tossed Out Of KFC Is A Complete Hoax)

The family named multiple locations, one of which has been closed for several years. No receipt accounted for what the two said they ordered, and no security footage showed anyone matching either description.

The Wilcher’s conscience may be too great to accept $30,000 from the restaurant, but they will still take the hundreds of thousands in donations from sympathetic strangers.

Kellum said the family still maintains that the story is true. Of course they do, because after the story went viral, a GoFundMe account was created for the family and had over $130,000 raised for the family from 2,800 donors. GoFundMe has since suspended the account “in lieu of the ongoing uncertainty” surrounding the story. Kellum said the money raised will still be released to the family.

“The family is committed to having the money put in a discretionary trust account for Victoria with a third-party, non-family member designated as the trustee,” Kellum said.

“They want to make sure every cent goes toward Victoria getting better.”