Cancer Hats Get Sisters Booted From Mall

Wednesday, May 22, 2013  |  Updated 11:32 AM EDT
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Cancer Hats Get Sisters Booted From Mall

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The woman said they were wearing hats that had a more poignant message.

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Three sisters say they were kicked out of a popular Pennsylvania mall after refusing to remove profanity-laden hats expressing their hatred of breast cancer.

Zakia Clark, 29, and Tasha Clark, 27, had been at the King of Prussia Mall on Sunday shopping for funeral dresses with a third sister, Makia Underwood. Their mother, Jackie Underwood, died last week after battling the disease.

Zakia and Tasha Clark were wearing hats that had a one-word profanity, the F-word -- with a pink ribbon substituting for the third letter -- before the word cancer.  Zakia Clark says it's the only word strong enough to defeat the word “cancer.”

"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 them to remove the hats. They were ejected after refusing.

Mall manager Robert Hart says he sends condolences to the sisters, but that the mall is a family place where the code of conduct does not tolerate profanity.

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