I’ve found stories from around the world that involve theft, vandalism, police and even the mafia, yes the MAFIA!
So sit back, relax & read all about these crimes against the blooms of nature. When you’re done do try and resist the urge to check your flower beds!
First Up: Funeral Thefts…
What kind of person do you have to be to steal flowers from a funeral or cemetery? I mean really, family and friends have personalized arrangements created in memory of their lost loved ones only to visit the grave and find them stolen, despicable!
The Norton family in Dresden, Uk said goodbye to their much loved mum and granny, 88 year old Doreen Stone at Carmountside Cemetery. Doreen Norton spend a fair amount of money on a spectacular arrangement that was 5′ long and filled with crimson roses, her mums favourite. Only to return to the graveside the following day to find them gone, along with a floral display from her granddaughter… Read more
Do you think stolen flowers from cemetery’s is rare? Think again! Check out this google search for stolen cemetery flowers.
Next Up: Weddings…
Weddings are most definitely a floral event, from bouquets and boutonnieres to church decor, table settings and more, flowers are a staple at weddings. I can only imagine how this poor bride in the UK felt when this happened…
The table flowers are blue and cream consist of foxglove, freesia and hydrangea. The bridal bouquet contained cymbidium orchids, not inexpensive blooms by any means. Just hours before the big day the florist was broken into and all of the wedding flowers were stolen, all of them! Kudo’s to the florist though who scrambled to organize last minute replacements! Read more
How about some Vandalism? (with some social media retribution!)
In Barre, Vermont the Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen has a welcoming store front bursting with pots filled with flowers, at least they did! Some not very nice passersby decided it would be fun to rip them out of the pot and take off. Ahh if only they knew! You see surveillance cameras were at work and took video of the “event”. The pub owner posted it on their Facebook page and within 10 minutes at least 25 people offered up the names of the two people in the video! Serves them right I say!
You can check out the video and read the whole story here.
Vandalism is not restricted to potted flowers on the street, even flower festivals have suffered from thoughtless patrons…
A Sunflower festival in China discovered that “Uncivilized Tourists” had defaced the flowers by scratching in smiley faces or had given them a “bald” look.
A woman who attended the festival said “I thought I would bring my daughter to come and see the sunflowers, but I had no idea I would find so many ‘smiling faces.” When she entered the festival grounds she immediately noticed the ‘smiling’ sunflowers, but she thought at first it was some kind of special display put on by the organizers. Yet when she noticed row after row of such similarly damaged flowers, she realized that it was fellow tourists who had done the foul deeds. There were ‘smiling faces’ and otherwise damaged flowers everywhere… Read more
What do Poinsettias and extortion have in common? The Mafia!
In Naples, Italy the red poinsettia is a traditional Christmas gift and these pretty seasonal plants generally sell for around 3 Euro’s each. However some mobsters, who were trying to raise money to free their jailed comrades, were selling them for 100 Euros! Shopkeepers were forced to purchase the expensive potted plants or else face “retribution”. Apparently the holiday season is a peak time for mafia protection racket demands. Read the full story
In some places in the UK, when the police can’t solve your crime, you get Flowers!
Victims of crimes are regularly given bouquets, in fact in the London borough of Barnet, the police have sent out about 300 bouquets since last November.
Resident Sarah Miller received a card from police apologizing that her case wasn’t solved.
“Sorry you have been a victim of crime, unfortunately in this case there is insufficient evidence to proceed and investigation into your crime will now be closed,” the card allegedly read. The following day, a bunch of flowers was delivered.
I don’t know about you but as much as I love flowers I’d rather have my stuff back!
- Bank Robber uses Flowers to hide shotgun (palmbeachpost.com)
- Floral Murder (studentfloristsupplies.wordpress.com)