Free to a good home.

Random person with no intention of buying anything: “Hi!”

Me (and every florist, all over the world, ever, at some point): “Hi!”

RP: ” I was just wondering what you do with all the flowers you don’t sell?”

Me: *pretending confusion* “The flowers we don’t..?”

RP: “Yeah, because you can’t possibly sell all of these, right? So I thought I could just come along every few days and just pick up the ones that aren’t selling.”

Me: “So you want free flowers?”

RP: “Well, not FREE, exactly…but, you know…”

Me: “Actually, I don’t know. What do you want?”

RP: “Well, if you’re not going to sell it, then it’s just going to go in the bin, right?”

Me: *As if the light has dawned and, truly, I can see* “Oh, you want DEAD flowers! Sure!” *gestures to bin* “Help yourself!”

RP: “Well, no….I mean….they’re…dead.”

Me: “Uh huh?”

RP: “Oh FORGET IT.”

This is a question we get asked A LOT. I mean…really. Sure, we do throw some flowers away. It’s unavoidable in a business that deals with perishable goods. But we manage to keep on top of it by having a good buying system. We know our customers, we know how sales rise and fall over the month, we know how to discount flowers that are not entirely fresh, and so on. Flowers are not a necessity, they are a luxury item, and I HUGELY resent the implication that I am essentially throwing things away and then locking the bins so that people can’t Dumpster Dive for ‘perfectly good’ flowers that could otherwise be sold. Nobody starved because I threw away some manky alstroemeria, for God’s sake. What we DO do is give them to little kids to play with, or give them free to the people who work in a lot of the offices around the shop who already do business with us.

So there you go.  :-p

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