Crush­ing On You

I n this day and age, hav­ing a se­cret ad­mirer isn’t al­ways a bed of roses

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Inth eh ea dy days of high school , se­cret ad­mir­ers used to be a cute thing. Hell, even in thee rap re-In­ter­net, it seemed pretty sweet to get a rose or bunch of flow­ers from some­one who crushed on you. Good for thee go, right?

Now, our where­abouts can be traced with a few taps in a search bar or swipes of age o-tagged lo­ca­tion. Com­pound­ing t hat with the rel­a­tive ease our lives are made pub­lic or made avail­able to strangers , some­thing as in­nocu­ous as re­ceiv­ing an on flow­ers can be mis­taken as some­thing less in­no­cent .# TeamCLEO spoke to two dif­fer­ent florists in the Klang Val­ley, who han­dle quite dif­fer­ent clien­tele, who have en­coun­tered sim­i­lar anon or­ders. Not sur­pris­ingly, it isn’ t un­com­mon.

THE SE­CRET LIFE OF FLORISTS

Chen* is an es­tab­lished florist, hav­ing op­er­ated over 20 years, and re­vealed that the mar­ket trend nowa­days are f or home use. When probed about un­usual or­ders , she had some she could can­didly share .“There was one yea ra­man came in last minute on Valen­tine’s Day to or­der a bou­quet of 999 roses worth RM 20,000. He or­dered it to be sent to a night club—it took six florists to make and four big men to de­liver in a truck !” An­other time, she no­ticed when a bro got busy .“One also or­dered flow­ers for four dif­fer­ent girls, with four dif­fer­ent ad­dresses, for Valen­tine’s Day,” she re­vealed.

Nur* is a new player in the in­dus­try, but has al­ready seen her share of strange re­quests. “Giv­ing flow­ers to a loved one is al­ways a heart felt ges­ture. We of ten re­ceive re­quests f rom our clients to re­main ‘ se­cret ’ and we re­spect t hat. Some­times be­ing a se­cret ad­mirer takes courage es­pe­cially when the per­son is speak­ing from the heart .”

When it comes to sender ’s pri­vacy, t hough, they need to re­spect it like florist-client priv­i­lege. It’ s a pre­cious con­tract t hat t hey keep sanc­ti­mo­nious. “The re­ac­tions have al­ways been of de­light and of course sur­prise. Some re­cip­i­ents , both male and fe­male, do con­tact us try­ing to find out who sent the flow­ers. Con­fi­den­tial­ity on our side is al­ways im­por­tant and re­spect t he sender ’s wishes , ” ex­plained Nur.

THORN IN YOUR SIDE

What hap­pens when things aren’t all peachy keen? Chen men­tioned ,“Am an once stormed into our of­fice de­mand­ing to know who sent his wife’s flow­ers. We had to re­ject his re­quest as that is strictly con­fi­den­tial .”

Too much, and it can dis­rupt the re­ceiver’ s pri­vacy and start to be un­nerv­ing. Nur opened up to us about the one time the re­ceiver re­fused to ac­cept the flow­ers, no mat­ter how beau­ti­ful they were. The rea­son was that she was not see­ing any­one at the time .“The term‘ se­cret ad­mirer’ freaked her out. She was wor­ried for her safety and she re­quested to be in­formed if it was go­ing to oc­cur again ,” said Nur.

Chen re­vealed that while they re­spected all wishes of the cus­tomers, some things are out of bounds .“Wed raw the line at send­ing flow­ers out of ill-in­tent. We once re­ceived a re­quest to send a con­do­lence wreath to some­one’s house with a mes­sage bor­der­ing on evil . We de­clined to send t he or­der,” re­vealed Chen.

It makes you won­der how florists feel as the mid­dle-per­son .“As a florist, we are some­times caught in be­tween, but we have pro­ce­dures we go through to rem­edy this and usu­ally it’ s a happy end­ing.

“We never ask or tell, be­cause we have a very strict client con­fi­den­tial­ity pol­icy—so we treat all or­ders t he same,” said Nur.

She was not see­ing any­one at the time, and the term ‘se­cret ad­mirer’ freaked her out.

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