Kentucky Fried Chicken says it did not oust disfigured child


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#3

This story is kind of old but it appears that the grandmother and aunt were trying to game the system. To KFC's credit they didn't revoke their earlier donation for the kid's medical bills. The reason she was disfigured was because of her grandfather's and his girlfriend's pit bulls attacking her (they've been arrested and charged). This is a really, really sad story where it appears that nobody in her family was caring for her and all they wanted to do was profit off of her disability.

TL;DR: big corporation did the right thing while the family tried to profit off the pain of the child


#4

The story had a few holes in it from the beginning - such as the specific KFC to which they claimed to have gone having closed several years previously... The fucked up thing is that the child will likely be affected by the hoax as if it were true, because there's no way she's going to be completely insulated from the claim.
I wonder if the story was started just as a means of drawing attention to the family's fundraising to deal with medical bills. Either way, it's pretty sad.


#5

How many outrage-generating bullshit scams does that make this year?


#6

It's kind of weird that Boing Boing's intro to the story states...

Back in May, a 3-year-old girl disfigured by a pit bull attack was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her facial scars disturbed other customers.

As though it were undisputed fact, instead of saying that the girl's family only claimed that it happened - especially since previous coverage of this story gave evidence that it was a false claim, and Boing Boing's own story eventually repeats those week-old reports to the contrary.


#7

right, but aren't you thinking to yourself "oh, yeah, kfc's own "internal investigation", pfft yeah right."

i mean, if you aren't, it almost seems like the story here isn't making it's point.


#8

Well, some of us said, "pfft." Some of us clicked through and read more.


#9

Do we need to call it out as "a pitbull attack"? Isn't that a little like specifying that someone was shot "by an African-American man" when race is otherwise not relevant?


#10

Oh, dozens more than in any other year.


#11

Yes, because pit bulls are a specific dangerous breed. Do you have some kind of statistics to show that they do not present a higher danger to people (children) than chihuahas?

Let's not make the uncommon error of drawing equivalence between the fight for racial equality and smearing the reputations of dog breeds, eh?


#12

That doesn't really answer the question. The girl was disfigured by a dog attack. Is it really relevant what breed of dog it was? What purpose does it serve to include that information other than to further propagate the pigeonholing of the breed as naturally vicious?


#13

You write as if pitbulls are character actors in a drama not of their making. It's not light entertainment.

Do you think governments and animal societies around the world, especially in the animal-adoring UK, illegalise pitbulls as some kind of sop to the public's vividly frightened imagination?

I mean, I don't know, maybe the English legal system had nothing else to then spend a mass of time drafting legislation and passing it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangerous_Dogs_Act_1991.

Clearly you're a pitbull fan. So be it. From where I sit, they're aggressive, dangerous animals, that all too many people train to be more aggressive, and dangerous.


#14

The RSPCA disagrees. Also there's this and this, which cite a study showing attacks in the UK by breed (sadly no links to the study, and I'm too hungover to do more googling). Some people are fucking dickheads, and train/allow their dogs to be vicious, but it's not the dog's fault. I've known many, many big, scary-looking dogs, all of whom were absolutely lovely, gentle creatures, and plenty of horrid, bitey little fuckers in various flavours of lapdog/stupid crufts-looking hairbags. Dogs just basically want to be loved and belong, and to know you think theyre a good dog. It's the owners that are a menace


#15

“Oust?” Was she the CEO or something?


#16

This topic is not about pitbulls, get back on topic. If you want to discuss that aspect, start a new thread.


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