Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Flowers...and a Mystery

Aren't these flowers pretty? They smell even nicer. And guess what? They might be hot. As in stolen. I may have purchased stolen merchandise.

In my town, you can point your car any direction, start driving, and eventually run into a farm stand, or at least a house with a table in the front yard with homegrown lemons (or strawberries, persimmons, or pomegranates) piled high, along with a strawberry basket to put your money in.

So back to the flowers. I was driving to my daughter's school when I passed a farmstand--actually, just a table with a pop-up canopy over it, next to a field. On the table was one bucket filled with sweet peas (my favorite flower) and a box that said, "Honor system: $3 per bunch."

But the guy was sitting there, so I said hello and handed him $6 for two bunches of sweet peas. He gave me a third bunch for free. How nice of you, I said. As I got in my car and looked in the rear view mirror, I saw him stand up and walk away, down the street.

Was he going for a lunch break? Or going to spend the $6 he just made from someone else's flowers? I guess I'll never know but if it was a scam I have to admit that I slightly, just slightly, really just the teensiest bit, admire his ingenuity. (But if you ask me in front of my kids I'll act horrified and deny that.)


  1. Wow, that is odd... Maybe since he had the honor system sign, he just comes and goes as he pleases... but that doesn't make nearly as good a

  2. That is odd. I can't imagine how his thought process would have gone. Got up in the morning and thought" Today, Today I am going to cash in and get me some flower money". People are strange. Pretty flowers though.

  3. Dude I always wonder about this with the fruit vendors all over my town, too.