Driving along Pier Street last Friday (March 27) on my way into town, I saw a man stop and pick the daffodils from one of the tubs by the marina.
A few minutes later, when I was enjoying a coffee in the coffee shop next door to the Tidemark Theatre, I saw this same man walk past carrying a large bunch of daffodils, red tulips and possibly hyacinths. I see him around town regularly. Clearly, he had walked into town helping himself to the spring flowers on the way.
I know it’s nice to give someone flowers and the recipient must have been thrilled to get such a lovely gift but did he/she not wonder where they came from, freshly picked and no doubt leaking sap everywhere?
To this man I say, these flowers are not yours to pick, they belong to the ratepayers of this city and this is stealing. Just think for a minute, if we all felt entitled do this there would be no beautiful municipal flowers for us all to enjoy.
To the person who received the bouquet, you unknowingly accepted stolen property. Let’s all enjoy the flowers, they belong to all of us and make our town look beautiful, that’s why they are there.