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'Hurt me so deep': Cancer survivor says he was forced to leave restaurant because of disfigured face

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A South Carolina man said he was forced to leave a diner after a manager told him his disfigured face was scaring off customers.

Seven years ago, Kirby Evans, 65, said he had his left eye and nose removed in a surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, WCIV-TV reported.

The surgery left his face disfigured, and Evans said he does not have the money to afford reconstructive surgery.

He also is unable to wear an eye patch because the skin around his eye is sensitive, Evans said.

On Oct. 9, Evans said he entered the Forks Pit Stop diner in Walterboro for doughnuts and a drink.

Not long after sitting down, Evans said a manager approached him.

“Next thing I know, she jerked me into her office,” he told WCIV. “The words that came out of her mouth hurt me so deep.”

Evans said the manager told him to cover up his face or leave.

“My father was discriminated against because of the way he looks,” Brandy Evans wrote in a Facebook post describing her father’s incident. “He cannot help what the cancer did to him.”

In a now-deleted Facebook comment on that post, WCIV said a woman who identified herself as the manager of the restaurant wrote, “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.”

His daughter created a GoFundMe page to support him with a goal of raising $10,000.

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