Sisters Zakia and Tasha Clark have been wearing their "Fuck Cancer" hats every day since their mother, Jackie Underwood passed away from the disease last week at the age of 51.
The two sisters had been walking around the mall with their other sister, Makia Underwood, and some friends, when they split off to find something to eat.
It was at the food court that the two were confronted by a security guard who demanded that they take off the hats.
Tasha refused, asking the guard to show her "something in writing."
Seven additional guards showed up and the sisters were escorted to the mall office where they were met by a police officer.
And so they did.
Reached for comment by the Associated Press, Mall manager Robert Hart said he sends his condolences, but stands by the decision to eject the sisters from the mall, claiming they violated the code of conduct by displaying profanity.
He phoned Zakia after learning of the incident through the media and acknowledged that the situation "could have been handled in a much more empathic and sensitive manner."
The sisters say they are planning to put on their "Fuck Cancer" hats and protest outside the mall tomorrow night.