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Beware the Viral Social Media Sympathy Campaigns

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Okay, so you all saw the case about the little girl asked to leave KFC a couple weeks ago because her pit-bull scars were scaring the other customers? Well after and outpouring of sympathy, and over $135,000 in donations to the little girl and her family (who, just for the record, was attacked by her Grandfather's pit bulls), strong evidence is emerging that the whole thing was a hoax:

 

 

"Thank you for your support for Victoria. If you would like to file a complaint its the KFC on State Street in Jackson MS." That store is not in operation and has been closed for several years.

 

 

The source said surveillance videos show that at no time on the 15th were any people children in the store who match the description of Victoria Wilcher or Mullins. The tapes were viewed in both the Meadowbrook and Woodrow Wilson KFC locations in Jackson, the source said. In hours of tape, the source said one small boy with his parents is seen, but they order food and leave the store.

The source said no orders were recorded to include mashed potatoes and sweet tea on the same transaction, or even the two items as part of a larger order on May 15.

 

- http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2014/06/23/girl-tossed-from-kfc-hoax/11284405/

 

So after all the uproar, and throwing people under the bus and negatively affecting their livelihoods...

 

After it went viral, employees and managers at both Jackson locations have faced death threats, have had drinks thrown at them through the drive-thru window and have faced constant verbal harassment, the source confirmed.

...It's starting to look like the whole thing was a hoax to milk money from gullible social media donors.

 

I for one, am not the least bit surprised.

 

This isn't the first time that this has happened by a long shot. In recent memory there were two cases where restaurant receipts were altered with homophobic and racist messages that resulted in the waitresses involved receiving a windfall of angel donations for their claimed hardship:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/family-anti-gay-receipt-hoax_n_4343563.html

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/tennessee-man-denies-writing-n-word-red-lobster-204152021--abc-news-topstories.html

 

It seems like these heart-breaking stories of persecution are making the social media savvy the confidence men of their day, and the gullible, guilt-ridden and naive the marks of the 21st century.

 

I share this with you for many reasons. One to warn the lot of you to be careful when making donations to seemingly noble causes. But moreover, I encourage you to take a page from Venom's book, and question everything. You might think that a person would have stronger morals than making someone appear to be a racist, homophobe, or criminally insensitive to a child who has endured terrible suffering in order to make a personal gain. But think again. Man has many weaknesses, and the same people who preyed on our hope (miracle disease cures), our faith (bogus holy water) and our greed (Nigerian Prince scam) are now learning to play our heart strings like a bull fiddle in order to take your money.

 

And in the era of social media, these campaigns can turn from initial claim, to going viral, to having a donation page set and raking in money in less than 48 hours. And before all the facts are even flushed out, people are opening their hearts and wallets to complete strangers based on nothing more than the fact that the story has gone "viral," and has been heard and believed by many.

 

So now, more than ever, Huddler's be on your guard. And to close, allow me to paraphrase: "In Social Media, truth is the first casualty."

 

 

 

 

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just to figure this out....why did people give them money? 

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Because people are stupid.

 

 

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I was called stupid a few times on the Huddle so I've started a charity to help me get over this..

www.jasonluckydogaintthatstupid.com

Please pm me for details on where to send the money.

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I love it when I can see through lies. But if I had been against this I would be a scumbag before the truth came out.

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I was called stupid a few times on the Huddle so I've started a charity to help me get over this..

www.jasonluckydogaintthatstupid.com

Please pm me for details on where to send the money.

 

I made a donation to your cause........it is contained in that flaming bag that I left on your front porch. :D

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So you're telling me it's okay for Miley Cyrus' sexually charged displays to be on TV and not the Christian views of the Duck Dynasty family?!?!?!

What kinda heathen nation is this?

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add that guy that left his kid in a hot car and paying for his defense to that list

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just to figure this out....why did people give them money? 

Sad thing is, that little girl probably really does need help. But thanks to her shameless gm, that day will never come. don't be mad at the people who wanted to help. Be mad at the one's who took advantage of that.

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Wait, there wasn't one order the ENTIRE day that included sweet tea and mashed potato at two different KFCs in Jackson MS? That is the most unbelievable thing in this entire story

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 How does anyone in Jackson, Mississippi get through an entire day without a sweet tea and mashed potatoes?

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