The “Kid Getting Kicked out of KFC” story was a hoax

The “Kid Getting Kicked out of KFC” story was a hoax June 24, 2014

The little girl and her injuries is real enough. It’s just that grandma is a grifter.

Silver lining: KFC has demonstrated that they are a class act by honoring their $30,000 gift to the little girl despite the hoax. Think I’ll buy me some chicken from those guys just to say “Well done.”

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  • Tom

    Is there a bad time to eat KFC?

    • Dan F.

      After open heart surgery perhaps? Nah, at that pint your heart is already fixed right? so it’s no big deal

    • Marthe Lépine

      On Fridays, for some old-fashioned Catholics (like myself)

    • Adolfo

      All the time? that is some nasty chicken.

  • Jakeithus

    As long as people uncritically accept most of what they read on the internet, these types of stories will continue to happen. The Internet forced KFC’s hand, no one cares about the truth, KFC just had to turn a negative news story into a positive.

    Credible news services should be ashamed of reporting this, but nothing will ever come of it. They reported a bold faced lie, got some attention, and consequences be damned. Investigation before reporting something? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  • Shawna Mathieu

    Might want to be careful of this article, too – Gawker isn’t exactly known for its information-neutral content. It’s awful vague – someone told the Gawker that there was no security footage. Someone told the Gawker that no one ordered what they ordered. Who’s their source?

  • JJG

    Rule of thumb: Be slow to believe ill of people & quick to believe well of them.

    • sez

      Yes! I thought very highly of KFC’s pledge, because it came out so quickly. I think even more highly of them now that they will honor it, even if the story is dishonorable. They are showing goodness to this poor little girl, who has some less-than-perfect family surrounding her.

  • sez

    Mark, I suspect you are just looking for an excuse to go get some extra crispy.

    (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

  • Sharon

    I wonder if KFC’s generosity might prompt some one else to stage a similar hoax. Is the person responsible going to be investigated by police for staging a hoax? Should the owner of the pit bull which caused the horrific injuries be forced to pay for the child’s medical care? Will the employee who was accused of asking the child to leave the franchise be compensated for the psychological damage the false accusation caused?

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      The pit bulls belonged to the girl’s grandfather. I would be very surprised if they weren’t euthanized, and would also be surprised if the grandfather was actually held responsible for their attack.

  • Elmwood

    Have fun with the associated KFC diarrhea.