Sisters Takia (pictured right) and Tasha Clark were kicked out from a King of Prussia, Pa., mall after reportedly refusing to remove their hats, which read “FU*K CANCER,” with the letter ‘C’ replaced by the breast cancer awareness pink ribbon symbol. The young women sported the profanity-laden hats in support of their mother, Jackie Underwood, 51, who lost her battle with the disease on May 14th, reports Philly.com.
As the sisters were shopping at the mall, along with another sister, Makia Underwood (pictured left); friends; and relatives for a funeral dress for Zakia’s 9-year-old daughter, they were approached by a security guard.
The security guard ordered the women to remove their hats. Zakia, 29, obliged the guard but her stubborn sister told the officer she needed to see proof in writing as to why she could not sport her hat. Zakia, who says she became suddenly fueled by her sister’s strong spirit which was so reminiscent of their mom, decided to put her hat back on.
The security guard, who allegedly appeared combative toward the women, said, according to Zakia, “‘Since you don’t want to take your hat off, you can leave my mall.’ He stood there while we ate, and [he] threatened to call the cops.”
Zakia then went on to tell Philly.com that seven security guards descended upon them as they ate their meals. “I was very embarrassed,” she said. “My daughter was so scared; she was crying.”
According to the sisters, they were all escorted to the mall’s administrative office, where they were met by police who had been summoned by the security guards. Sister Makia also joined the women in the office soon after. According to Zakia, “The [police] officer said, ‘I find it offensive that you even have that hat that says ‘F— CANCER.’ It’s their mall, they want you out, you have to get out.’”
The women were escorted out to their vehicles to ensure that they would leave the property.
About the incident, Makia said, “I just wanted to tell them [the guards] the whole story. I wanted to tell them a monster came in to our house, got in to my mother, and we had to watch that until the day it took her, so don’t tell me it’s offensive to say, ‘F— CANCER,’” she told Philly.com.
Watch the Clark sisters discuss their experience