It’s that time of the year again, when everyone orders beautiful bouquets of flowers online for mom, and a pile of wilted weeds shows up on the doorstep instead.
And sometimes nothing at all!
There were lots of unhappy 1-800-Flowers customers this Mother’s Day complaining on social media about terrible service and deliveries that didn’t exactly live up to the pictures online.
Some flowers arrived dead, some weren’t even the same product as what was originally ordered.
Many people are posting some interesting before and after images, while others are simply expressing their outrage with nasty messages on their Facebook page.
“Once again another occasion ruined by using 1-800-flowers!” writes one Facebook commenter.
“My mom taught me that you should honor your word and keep your integrity,” writes another. “I guess that has not been taught by the founder or passed down to the company in any shape or form.”
The 1-800-Flowers customer service team is in full recovery mode, per usual, responding to the angry tweets and posts.
And this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened. In fact there’s even a hashtag that has emerged for people to vent about the service: #1800FlowersFail.
This past February 1-800-Flowers also ruined Valentine’s Day, with lots of people sharing their miserable looking arrangements online.
Here are some of the latest delivery debacles from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as a few jokes.
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In most east Asian households married people rarely refer to each other by their actual names. Instead they use designations for the role in the family. This is why it is so strange when each woman hears their name.
One Mom's very special Mother's Day gift, was her identical twin girls holding hands after they were born.
Sarah Thistlewaite's twins, Jenna and Jillian, are a rare set of monoamniotic or "mono mono" identical twins, which means they shared an amniotic sack and were in constant contact during the pregnancy.
Ingeborg McIntosh knew she was suffering from polycystic kidney disease, what she didn't know is that her adopted son, Jordan, had already confirmed he was a match to be a donor.
The McIntosh's had many foster children over the years, but when Jordan came along Ingeborg knew instantly she wanted to adopt. And, seeing how the two have so wonderfully taken care of one another, I don't believe she could have made a better decision.
To learn more about their story click HERE.
Melting hearts on Mother's Day is possible, not just by gifting a hardworking mom with flowers, cards, hugs, and adoration, but also showing them this video of Siberian cats moving in slow motion. If anything, it's also a good way to see a mother cat lay about helplessly while her kittens bug her for attention proving, once again, that the task of a mom isn't easy business.
According to this post on Bloomberg, Anna M. Jarvis, the founder of Mother's Day, wouldn't be too happy with the way that the holiday is commercialized these days.
The holiday has its roots in the early 1900s, beginning as Mother's Friendship Day, an act to bring together mothers from opposite sides of the Civil War. Later, after corporate America had began to market it, Jarvis addressed businesses, "You are using a beautiful idea as a means of profiteering. As the founder of Mother's Day, I demand that it cease."
With that tone, she had essentially swung a wooden spoon towards the collective backsides of corporations.
Tennessee mother, Lacey Buchanan, shares her story through this heartstring-tugging video she made about her son who was born blind and with a cleft palate. She does expose the less-than-kind words that she's heard, which seems less than important when it's countered with the video's uplifting message.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, taped this Mother's Day video, which calls for the appeal of the Stand Your Ground act, the self-defense law that is the basis of George Zimmerman's defense.
The law has come under scrutiny in the wake of Martin's death, and Fulton's plea gives a sense of urgency to its change.