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( DON'T ) SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

Leroy Greer’s lawyer, Kennitra Foote, says that her client’s attempt to “say it with flowers” is going to cost him $300,000. Greer asked 1.800.Flowers to send some posies to his girlfriend, with a note that said, "Just wanted to say that I love you and you mean the world to me!" Now his outraged wife is asking that $300,000 be added to her divorce settlement which was already in the works when she found out about the honey on the side.

The florist sent his bill to his former home. The wife got it. (Why is she opening his mail?) She called them and asked that the details of the bill be sent to her. (Why did they?) The rest is all rage and greed.

Greer is suing 1.800.Flowers for $1 million for breach of contract and deceptive trade practices (thereby alerting a few million more people around the globe who may have missed the news he was screwing around.) The escalation of jackpots in this tale is staggering and absurd, at every level.

The Greers were already in the throes of a divorce, so I assume they had agreed the marriage was over. So what’s going on?
Does Mrs. Greer feel if a busted marriage is worth $x, adding in the fact her husband may have a lover makes it worth $x plus $300,000?

If she had found out he was sending the flowers to a gay lover, would the price go to $x plus $500,000?

What if Greer had had an unnatural fondness for goats? My guess is the sky would have been the limit!

Earth to Mrs. Greer: It’s over. For whatever reasons known best (or unknown best) to you and your husband, the marriage expired and you were both on your way to moving on.
So move, already!

How much Greer finally pays in the divorce settlement won’t be decided by Mrs. Greer, or even by Ms. Foote ( who still gets her legal fees for the divorce work PLUS her piece of the $1 million from 1.800.Flowers should Greer prevail, AND more legal fees for that representation.) A judge—hopefully a voice of reason in this chorus of irrationals-- will decide who gets what in the end.

1.800.Flowers told Greer’s wife he sent flowers to someone. His note said he loved that person, but this is hardly the same kind of flagrante delicto as finding one’s husband bedding down a topless young thing on the matrimonial bed one Sunday after he said he was singing in the church choir.

People say our society is too litigious. Worse, it is immature, stupid and excessive.
The Greer case points out the absurdity of trying to put a price on a broken marriage. Stuff happens, and grownups need to cope.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As the mother of an active duty military man, I would like to add my voice to what I hope will be a cacophony of sound in opposition to your opinion piece published in the Keene (NH) Sentinel on September 6, 2007.

My son chose to apply to Officer's Candidate School following his
graduation from college. Compelled by his desire to serve his country and his understanding that a stint in the military would provide him with training,
experience and opportunity, he eagerly traveled to Florida and, in due time, graduated as an officer in the United States Navy. The boy I hugged goodby
morphed into a man of purpose and confidence, whose experiences in the Navy have been challenging, sometimes frustrating, and ultimately rewarding.
As his mother, I could ask for no more of his career choice. It has givenhim the opportunity to travel, to lead, to problem solve and to develop his skills. He has been highly commended for his achievements. His time in the
Navy also introduced him to my daughter-in-law - an equally dedicated and patriotic American who is also a skilled and highly trained career officer.

They willingly serve to protect the rights of you and others like you.Your opinions, so widely disseminated and loudly voiced, put them in harm's way and provide encouragement to our enemies. I respect your right to hold
those opinions. I deplore your belief that you can voice them without consequence. Such traitorous actions are akin to those of the Free Speech
advocates who believe they have the right to cry "Fire" in a crowded public space. I hope if Peg Hubbard responds to your opinion piece that she tells
you how your comments desecrate the memory of her sons and the purpose for which they fought. Remember - all of our military volunteered to serve. No
one has been drafted into the military for years. Those who volunteer without understanding the consequences of that choice are the worst kind of
opportunists - seeking the benefits of the service without being willing to pay the full price.

I am proud of my son and his wife and of their honor, courage and
commitment to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I pray for their safety
and the safety of their comrades in arms every day. I am grateful that they are willing to pursue military careers and to support and defend therights
of those who cannot stand on their own against the forces of terrorism,wherever those forces are located. I believe our President - our Commander
in Chief - and his advisors when they counsel that we must stay the
course in Iraq. They have more knowledge of the entire situation than the American public is privileged to have. I have confidence in those who elected
George Bush; and in his steadfast devotion to keeping the evil that invaded our country six years ago from ever doing so again. While I mourn with those mothers who have lost their sons and daughters in this war, I would rather
that my child lose his life fighting for something he believes in than be killed by murderous terrorists as so many sons and daughters were on 9/11.

Losing a child is devastating enough. To have a privileged columnist denigrate that loss by politicizing it is unspeakable. As for outrage and despair - I have no words to express the depths of outrage, despair,
and utter helplessness I feel when I am confronted by the traitorous words of those who believe they speak for us all. My sleepless nights and hopeless days are filled with the images of those who oppose our country and our

dreams of freedom for all people - those whose murderous purposes are
supported by the lack of a unified United States citizenry imbued with
the
resolve, determination and purpose which used to be the cornerstone of
our
country's foundation. My deepest fear is that your voices will prevail and many more of our sons and daughters will lose their lives because your voices will embolden our enemies. My greatest hope is that mothers
like Peg Hubbard, NH's own Natalie Healey, me and others whose children have served and are serving their country will raise their voices and drown you
out. Our children and our country deserve no less.

Mary Ann Sorrentino

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