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Sisters tossed from mall over cancer hats

Published On: May 22 2013 03:37:08 PM CDT
Updated On: May 23 2013 06:36:10 AM CDT
Sisters thrown out over cancer hats

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Three sisters say they were kicked out of a Pennsylvania mall because they refused to remove profanity-laden hats expressing their hatred of cancer.

Their mother died last week of breast cancer, and they were at the King of Prussia mall shopping for funeral dresses when security approached them, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Zakia Clark, 29; Tasha Clark, 27; and Makia Underwood, 32; were wearing hats with a one-word profanity before the word cancer. A pink breast-cancer awareness ribbon replaced the third letter of the profanity, The Associated Press reported.

"That's how we feel. It took our mom away. It's a demon. It's the devil," Zakia Clark told the Daily News. "There are no other words you can use to explain how you feel. You want cancer to get cancer and die."

Security asked the women to take the hats off. They were ejected from the mall when they refused.

Mall management initially defended its code of conduct, which does not tolerate profanity, but later apologized to the sisters when they learned of their mother's death, the Daily News reported.

"Certainly this could have been handled in a much more empathic and sensitive manner," Les Morris, a spokesman for Simon Property Group in Indianapolis, told the People Paper. "We're very sorry about her loss and wanted to apologize for the way her party was treated."