MISSISSIPPI, United States - A three-year-old girl was told to leave a Mississippi fast food outlet - simply because her scars were upsetting other customers.
The little girl's grandmother Kelly Mullins said a KFC employee approached them and said: "We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers."
She had taken her granddaughter, Victoria Wilcher, to the fast food restaurant after a doctor's appointment last week, reported NY Daily News.
While they were dining on sweet tea and mashed potatoes, an employee approached them and told them to leave, Ms Mullins told US TV station WAPT.
Victoria cried all the way home from the outlet.
In April, Victoria was mauled by three of her grandfather's 10 pit bulls, which left her covered in scars and paralysed the right side of her face.
Her grandfather, Mr Donald Mullins, fatally shot two of the dogs, reported WAPT.
Victoria's grandfather and his girlfriend, Ms Rita Tompkins, were later arrested on child endangerment charges, reported The Huffington Post.
Ms Mullins said her granddaughter hadn't been self-conscious about the scars before the incident.
"She's three years old and she's embarrassed about what she looks like," she told the TV station. "She's embarrassed, and I hate it because she shouldn't be. It (isn't) her fault."
Now, "when we go to a store, she doesn't even want to get out (of the car)," she said.
Furious with the bullying, Ms Mullins posted about the incident on Victoria's Victories Facebook page, which documents the girl's recovery.
"Does this face look scary to you?" she wrote below a photo of Victoria smiling and wearing a pink eye patch.
The post got KFC's attention.
The company said it will donate US$30,000 (S$37,518 ) to assist with the girl's medical bills, reported CNN yesterday.
"The entire KFC family is behind Victoria," company spokesman Rich Maynard said. "Please accept our sincere apologies while we try to investigate this incident.
"We take this very seriously, as we have zero tolerance for any kind of hurtful or disrespectful actions towards our guests."
This article was first published on June 17, 2014.
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