Noseless Man Asked to Cover His Face to Not Frighten Others
WALTERBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA — October 16, 2018
O time, O mores, the greats would say. No matter what anyone says, we live in a world where people often think only about themselves and sometimes go to the cruelest lengths to protect themselves. People live in their closed worlds and are not ready to let anyone close to them.
Now, one South Carolina community is rallying one man who was asked by a store manager to cover his face so as not to “Scare visitors.”
65-year-old Kirby Evans, who lost his nose and eyes in his fight against skin cancer, said he is a regular customer of a cafe at the Forks Pit Stop gas station in Walterboro. However, the last time he showed up to eat donuts, he left very upset due to the management’s behavior.
"Next thing I know, she jerked me into her office," Evans said. "The words that came out of her mouth hurt me so deeply."
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. Seven years ago, he had surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, from his face.
His left eye and his entire nose were 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 so sensitive that a patch rubs it raw.
Evans has come to terms with how he looks but said Tuesday's ordeal was truly humiliating; he left the store crying. His daughter, enraged by the situation, posted about it on social media. It was shared thousands of times.
Not long after, a woman who identified herself as the manager responded to the public post, admitted to it, and defended her decision.
"I run a food service business where people dine in," she wrote, adding that she approached Evans about the issue in private, not in front of customers. "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 to and I work very hard to please my customers."
He said he will never go to the store again and had yet to receive an apology. And while Evans has every reason to be angry at the world, he said he wakes up every day with gratitude.
The media is full recently with such stories, about the indignant treatment and even beating of handicapped people, which would infuriate any decent person. Such incidents occur all over the world. How does such a thing happen in a civilized society?
People simply have no respect for themselves and others. It's not just about people with disabilities. It's about the attitude we have towards one another, when people become no longer people.