'Hurt me so deep': Cancer survivor says he was asked to hide face in storePosted: Updated:
A South Carolina man who survived cancer says he was asked to cover up his face when he stopped at a convenience store for donuts.
WCIV reports 65-year-old Kirby Evans stopped at the Forks Pit Stop in Waterloo Tuesday, got donuts and a drink and sat down to eat. He said the manager approached him and "jerked" him into her office.
"The words that came out of her mouth hurt me so deep," Evans told the Charleston-area ABC station.
He said the manager told him he was scaring away customers and asked him to cover his face or leave.
"How can a person eat anything with his face covered?" he asked.
Evans said he is used to people staring at him. He had surgery seven years ago to remove a type of skin cancer from his face. His left eye and entire nose was removed, leaving his face disfigured.
He said he cannot afford reconstructive surgery and can't wear an eye patch because the skin around it is sensitive.
Evans said left the store crying. That evening, his daughter posted on Facebook about the incident.
Not long after, a woman who identified herself as the manager responded to the post, admitted to it and defended her decision.
"I run a food service business where people dine in. I do not see absolutely anything wrong with what I did. He would come in at lunch time and sit at the food booths right at my busy time everyday. I have bills to pay to and I work very hard to please my customers."
Evans said he will never go to the store again and had yet to receive an apology. His daughter created a GoFundMe account to spread awareness.