It's that time of year again, folks -- time when many people will be ordering flowers for the ladies in their lives. Wife, mother, grandmother, etc., you may be thinking of getting her a flower delivery for Mother's Day.
Please do those of us who are contract drivers, working for the florists on these big days, a huge favor and follow a few simple tips.
Order early. Even order them to be delivered a day or two early. That way, she will know you didn't just pick up the phone at the last minute, and you know you got them to her on time.
If she works and you want them delivered to her workplace, give us the name of the business as well as the address. Knowing she is at 4788 Main Street is one thing, knowing she's at the Fidelity Bank Main Street branch is another, and the latter is much easier for us to figure out than trying to read little addresses on big buildings while dodging traffic.
As much as is in your power, if we are delivering to her workplace, let us know what time she gets off work so we will put this delivery earlier. It's disappointing to you and us that you didn't tell us she gets off at 3pm, and i get there at 3:15 because they don't close until 10pm and i didn't know her hours.
Speaking of addresses, give us the whole thing. That includes apartment numbers or suite numbers. It also includes whether she is on Oak Street, Oak Drive, Oak Lane, Oak /Avenue, etc. It makes a huge difference.
Please, if the delivery is coming to your house, make sure we can read your address easily from the street.
Give us a contact phone number that will actually be answered, please. Yes, you want it to be a surprise. Guess what? If no one is home, or i can't find the house, or you live in a gated community i can't get into without permission, i need to call you or her for instructions on where to leave it, where the house is, or how to get in. It's a worse surprise to not get them at all because no one was home, no one would answer any of the mobile numbers, and i can't actually get into the subdivision (yes, this has happened).
The more information you give us, and the earlier you do it, the more likely it will be that the woman in your life will get the flowers you want her to have.
Thank you, from the bottom of my frustrated-enough-fighting-traffic-that-i-don't-need-more-frustration-from-not-being-able-to-find-you heart.
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