There's a time and a place for an F-bomb, but sometimes, it's OK to say eff it and break all the rules. Three sisters were shopping for funeral dresses in the King of Prussia mall in Philadelphia on Sunday when they were asked to leave. Their mother had just passed away from breast cancer, and Makia Underwood, 32, Zakia Clark, 29, and Tasha Clark, 27, felt like expressing their feelings. Wearing shirts and hats that read "Fu*k Cancer," the sisters were ejected from the mall by seven security guards who did not appreciate the profanity.
Even though the F-word wasn't totally written out -- the "c" had been replaced with a pink ribbon -- it was still enough for security to get heated. According to Zakia, they were approached in the food court by a team of guards asking them to leave and threatening to call the cops. She says the whole ordeal was extremely embarrassing.
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Listen, I get where security is coming from here. There are probably hard and fast rules about vulgarity in their private establishment, but guys, express a little free-will. These women weren't trying to cause trouble, they were expressing a feeling that most people have about the deadly disease.
I know gray areas aren't fair and rules should apply to everyone lest they become discriminatory -- but the mall handled this pretty poorly. Seven guards? Egregious. They should've sent one guard over to explain the situation and ask them to turn their shirts inside-out, or put on a coat, or something.
I can't help but feel for these women who lost their mom at 51 -- I'm sure they're terribly angry and sad and maybe their rebellious shirts helped them cope a little.
It's just too bad the mall couldn't have had at least one ounce of sympathy, even if rules are rules.
What do you think?
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