A brutally scarred cancer survivor has revealed his hurt and humiliation at being kicked out of a South Carolina diner because his injuries were “scaring customers.”
Thousands have rallied around granddad Kirby Evans — who lost his left eye and his entire nose to skin cancer — after he was booted out of Forks Pit Stop in Walterboro.
The 65-year-old today told The Sun Online that wellwishers who have helped raise $77,000 for him to have surgery have “made me feel like there’s love in this world.”
Evans, a granddad of 11, was struck down with basal cell carcinoma and can’t afford reconstructive surgery. His skin is also so sensitive that he can’t wear an eye patch.
Through tears, he recalled how the owner of the store ejected him because of his scars on Tuesday last week.
He said: “This one particular morning I walked in there, I got a small pack of donuts and a Coke and walked over to the table and before I could sit down she grabbed me by the shirt and said ‘I need to talk to you.’”
“She pulled me into her office, she started going on me about she was sorry I had cancer but she proceeded to tell me she had a business to run. She said: ‘If you’re going to come in here and eat I want you to cover your whole entire face.’”
“I don’t have a nose, I only have one eye. Cancer took it from me. Nobody should be treated like this. I can’t say how much that hurt me. That’s why she wanted me to leave her store because I was running her customers off.”
When news of the cruel incident emerged, his daughter Brandy started a GoFundMe which has raised $77,000 for him.
He added: “Everybody is showing me so much support right now I thank God for that. Nobody should be hurt like that.”
“It made me feel good. It made my heart feel good. It made me feel like there is love in this world. Hate is wrong — I took that out my vocabulary a long time ago.”
He says he’s still unsure of what he’ll do with the money but is planning to speak with his doctor about the steps needed to undergo reconstructive surgery.
Evans said: “I’m glad that a lot of people want me to go have reconstructive surgery. I’m happy with the way I look, my battle scares prove I’ve been in a fight for my life and I’ve beat it.”
“Only people discriminate, cancer doesn’t discriminate. I thank my God above for people.”
A woman who appeared to identify herself as the heartless shop manager later brazenly defended her decision.
She wrote: “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 lunchtime and sit at the food booths right at my busy time every day. I have bills to pay and I work very hard to please customers.”
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