UPDATE: ‘Girl Asked to Leave KFC’ Story Looking Like a Hoax

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This sweet girl really was attacked by dogs, but her mother may be a big chicken.

There are some sick, twisted, and depraved people in the world. This follow-up story proves it in more ways than one.

Last week, the world went ballistic upon hearing the news of a three-year-old girl, who was brutally attacked by three pitbulls, being “asked to leave a Jackson, Miss. KFC because the scars on her face ‘scared customers.'”

The story was a perfunctory Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $135,000 in donations…including a $30,000 check from KFC. The brand didn’t have to do that, but it was great PR, right?

Probably not: the story was an elaborate hoax — or, in New York Daily News parlance, “a finger-lickin’ fraud.” 

Details of the attack itself were not under investigation. But a look into the mom’s claims regarding supposed events at the Woodrow Wilson Drive KFC location on May 15 are peppered with inconsistencies according to an investigation conducted by KFC and reported by the local Leader-Call.

The details all began with “mashed potatoes, gravy, and a sweet tea”: transactions on that fateful day didn’t show any such order. That didn’t stop Victoria’s mother from thanking the world via Facebook:

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Nonetheless, those “inconsistencies” we mentioned resulted in death threats and the harassment of KFC employees; a Las Vegas plastic surgeon even flew into town to offer his services.

The findings of this mess will be unveiled next week, but Gawker has already issued the latest of its many recent corrections regarding fake viral stories.

Let’s all remember that girl in the picture, though: her scars are real, her plight is a tragedy and she didn’t deserve any of this.