Whether motivated by the heart-wrenching death of their mother or to draw attention, three sisters found themselves booted from a mall in the King of Prussia, Pa., just outside Philadelphia, after they refused to take off hats with an offensive word expressing their hatred of breast cancer.
Zakia Clark and Tasha Clark had been at the King of Prussia Mall, a popular designation for shoppers in suburban Philadelphia, on Sunday looking for dresses to wear at their mother’s funeral with a third sister, Makia Underwood. The women said their mother died last week from the disease.
Zakia and Tasha Clark were wearing hats that had a one-word profanity — with a pink ribbon substituting for the third letter — before the word cancer. Zakia Clark said that it's the only word strong enough to defeat the word 'cancer.'
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They were ejected after refusing after refusing to remove the hats, despite the sisters pointing out that similar items were actually sold at the mall.
Mall manager Robert Hart said the hats violated the code of conduct at the shopping center. He stressed that the mall was a family destination and did not condone profanity, regardless of the cause.
The women’s actions provoked strong feelings online. One commenter, identified as CTDad posted on the ABCNews.com site that he understood the point the women were trying to make, despite the profanity.
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“Unless you've had a loved one who died from cancer, you have no clue of the emotional impact of that loss. Maybe the hats help them deal with it . . . I wear a Livestrong band on my arm to remember my Dad . . .We all do this in different ways. To judge these women simply because of their hats is tragically unjust. This type of quick judgment comes from a community of spoiled people who have never experienced any tragedy in their lives.”
But another commenter on the same website, disagreed and felt profanity wasn’t needed in addressing the issue.
“My wife died from cancer,” said the commenter, identified as 8aero8. “If she were alive, she certainly would not approve of this classless act, as she was a real Lady.”
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