Last month, I was outraged, along with many other people, that a 3 year old girl who had been mauled by her grandfather's pit bulls was asked to leave a KFC because her face was disturbing other customers.
I had a huge opinion about it. I've worked in retail, I currently work at what is, essentially, upscale fast food. I opined that someone behind the counter was approached by another customer and then went over to say to the grandma and the little girl with the eye patch that they needed to leave. The grandma got media attention and her gofundme received over $135,000 in donations. KFC acted swiftly and donated $30,000 to the little girl's medical expenses.
And that's another issue. This child had her jaw broken, top and bottom, by the dogs. She's on a feeding tube. She CAN'T swallow. But, her insurance company is refusing to pay for any costs attached to her tube or formula. So says her grandma. Money is very much needed because the insurance company (I hate medical insurance companies. But, that's another blog) won't take care of this little girl.
This week, it's been reported that it was a hoax. The grandma and little girl weren't even in the restaurant. read about it here
Now, there's the big tug-of-war going on in my heart. Even with insurance coverage, the co-pays and prescription costs have to be huge. The patient share of the hospital bill is probably crippling. The family probably needs a little assist. That's understandable.
But, the people who gave with generosity and caring and love for a small child who wasn't kept safe by her family feel like they've been duped. They're now questioning if the grandma is telling the truth about why they need the money. Maybe she needs it for living expenses, or medication, or any of the other costs involved with caring for a child that needs extensive treatment. A plastic surgeon in Las Vegas offered his services for free. It's something the 3 year old needs. Will he withdraw that offer because her grandma lied? Will he then say that it's not the granddaughter's fault that her grandma lied and she shouldn't be denied care that will benefit her? Because it's not her fault.
The fact that the incident didn't happen makes everyone question where the money is going. Is it really going to her care or is the grandma going to buy a car? If she is arrested, who will take care of this child? Will she go into foster care? Will she live in a hospital? What will happen to her?
It's not the child's fault that her grandma did a bad thing for a good reason.
What's going to happen to her? That's all I can think.
*sigh* I'm clutching my head.
Amanda's beauty tip of the day: In the summer, if you are doing a lot of swimming, remember to deep condition your hair and lotion up your skin. Chlorine will dry everything out. And don't forget your sunscreen!