Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thought you could use a little humor today so we bring some Valentine’s Day stories..
About 4 years ago we had all our staff in working for the holiday over the weekend when we realized we were going to have a big snow storm. The hubby and I told the staff that whoever wanted to work through the weekend needed to go home, pack a bag and come back to the shop because we were going to put them up for the weekend at the Westin Hotel which is within walking distance to our Princeton shop. Late that night, the snow started and we all walked next door to a very fine Italian restaurant and had a nice meal and drinks on us. $1,100 and a couple of hours later we all trudged over the to hotel to hunker down. The next morning we all met in the lobby and trekked on back up the street to the shop. It was hysterical because it was like a bit old sleep over culminating with walking down the street, slipping and sliding in almost 3 feet of snow. Snow much snow in fact that we almost couldn’t get the door of the shop open to get in! It cost the company a ton of money between food and rooms but I’ll remember it always as a wonderful testament to what employees will do for your company if you treat them well. They all worked all weekend and then finally left when the roads were clear.
I started my very first job as a floral designer on February 9th. I was asked to walk an arrangement to a large local law firm a few blocks away. When I got to the receptionist’s desk, I gently placed the oblong vase up on the marble countertop. The vase must have had a flaw because, as I set it down, the bottom corner of the vase broke and water absolutely flooded the law firm’s enormous (and no doubt very expensive) switchboard, knocking it completely out. I was horrified! The receptionist turned to me and scowled. “I’ll need to get your name and where you work.” “More like ‘worked’,” I thought to myself. Thankfully, almost five Valentine’s days later, I’m still gainfully employed!
One year we had a guy call us and place 5 Valentine’s Day orders. Each order had the card message – Happy Valentine’s Day, Love Brian. All the orders were being delivered to either Princeton University or Rider University, local schools in our area. Anyway, my hubby made all 5 deliveries and what was funny was that each in turn, as he delivered them, he got a sour response “oh, yuck, this must be from Brian” but low and behold, the 5th delivery he made got the response “Oh, this must be from Brian” along with a big smile. I guess girl #5 was Brian’s Valentine that year!!
The bi-polar delivery person who hit bottom on Valentine’s Day and did a no show. Bailed out by customers who heard my panicked calls to various friends and friends of friends and offered to make deliveries for me! They rocked!
I will never forget when I was 16 years old working my first Valentine’s Day in NJ and this guy came up and said, “I’ll take that for my wife and THAT for my girlfriend.” I thought to myself, “this guy’s a creep!”
Had one V-day a few years ago that just about sent me over the edge. We had 200 deliveries to get out. We hired some contract drivers. One guy left the shop at 7:00am with 12 stops- all timed deliveries to businesses and schools. He comes back at 5:00 pm with 10 stops left! Said he just couldn’t do it! I was horrified! I got to call 10 really pissed offed men and kiss their ass to make it right.
Have a good Valentine’s Day story? Share it in the comments section 🙂