Sisters Ejected From Mall for ‘Vulgar’ Cancer-Fighting Shirts While Buying Dresses for Mother’s Funeral

breast cancerThere'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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schlis schlis

The shirts were inappropriate. They SOULD have been asked to leave.

schlis schlis


paigeR11 paigeR11

We can always justify someone breaking the rules but there is a time and place for a shirt like that and it wasn't at the mall.  

nonmember avatar K

So a woman or man fighting cancer can wear one if those "fcuk cancer" shirts? Seven guards?! Maybe they should focus on things that matter- like theft or harassment, not an imagined fuck. They just lost their MOTHER and anyone would be saying that. Anyone can say what they want- that word is not nearly as offensive as some of the words out there.

Mary Smith

What spineless twit reported them to the security in the first place? Grow a spine, you weaklings. It's TRUE: cancer should be f---ed. Can't handle someone's tee shirt? Then stay home in your fairy tale world. Stupid overly sensitive wusses.

Mary Smith

Schils and Paige, you're wusses.

lovem... lovemy2sons25

I lost my dad a year ago to lung cancer. He was 46 years old... fuck cancer!! I would totally wear that!!

bills... billsfan1104

As a cancer survivor, I like the shirts, but wouldn't wear them. If it took seven security guards, it's probably because they made a scene. I wish we could get the whole story, because theStir is not known for that

Craft... CraftyJenna

Of all the trival bullshit. It was a cencored shirt with implied profanity, that is not a reason to be kicked out of anyplace. 7 gaurds!? WTF. 

nonmember avatar Angie

Malls are full of kids. Why would anyone think that's appropriate to wear?

FWIW, I'm a hospice RN and have seen many tshirts and things - no reason for vulgarity, esp around kids.

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