By Mike Stetzer
August 17, 2007 - Everything seemed to be coming up roses for Texas resident Leroy Greer when his wife Bernice dropped her request for divorce and reconciled with him in 2006. That's until 1-800-FLOWERS sent a confusing thank-you-note to the couple's Missouri City home, setting in motion a chain of ugly events that is now culminating in a $1 million lawsuit against the online flower company.
Bernice Greer had originally filed for divorce from her hubby Leroy in January of 2006 before reconciling and moving back in with him a couple of months later. However, during that brief separation period, Leroy Greer began seeing another woman, to whom he sent a dozen long-stemmed roses from 1-800-FLOWERS at one point during the affair.
After the Greers got back together, 1-800-FLOWERS sent a thank-you-note for the purchase to their home. Bernice Greer saw the thank-you-note and was naturally confused as she had not received any flowers from her husband. She called the company, and it faxed her a receipt for the $100 in roses.
Upon receiving the receipt, Bernice Greer learned that her husband had been seeing another woman during their separation. Specifically, the receipt included Leroy Greer's message to the girlfriend at the time he sent out the flowers.
Upon reading the words "Just wanted to say that I love you and you mean the world to me" and then seeing the girlfriend's name and address on the receipt, Bernice Greer promptly moved out of the couple's home and continued with her Texas divorce request.
With Bernice Greer now asking for more money during her Texas divorce, her husband has fired back at 1-800-FLOWERS in the form of a $1 million lawsuit. That's right. Leroy Greer is blaming his divorce and the leak of his infidelity on 1-800-FLOWERS.
Leroy Greer sued 1-800-FLOWERS for breach of contract on August 6th and claimed that a sales representative promised him that the company would not send a notice of the order to his home or business. He even recently appeared on the "Today Show" with his divorce lawyer Kennitra Foote to further justify his lawsuit and elaborate that he requested the details of his order to be private.
As for Bernice Greer, she is now seeking an additional $300,000 from her husband in their Texas divorce. She is also asking for $4,000 to $5,000 a month in child support for the boy that the couple had together.
And what does 1-800-FLOWERS have to say about this Texas divorce and lawsuit against them? Here's the company's statement on the manner:
"At 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, we take pride in creating relationships with our customers by recognizing and thanking them for their business. We take all matters relating to our customers seriously; however, we are not responsible for an individual's personal conduct. Beyond this, it is the company's policy not to comment on pending litigation and legal matters."