It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air across the nation -- everywhere except Oconee County, Georgia. After the recent wave of winter weather dropped ice and snow across the Peach state, the Oconee Sheriff's Office posted the following message to its Facebook page on Feb. 12, effectively cancelling the holiday:
"The Oconee County Sheriffs Office announces that Valentine's Day has been CANCELED from a line North of I-16 to the Georgia/Tennessee border.
Men who live in the designated 'NO VALENTINE'S DAY ZONE' are exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars from the corner stores until Feb. 18, 2014, due to ice, snow, freezing rain."
The clearly tongue-in-cheek announcement generated mostly light-hearted responses from readers. Some of our favorites:
Mark Martin: "Can you make sure my wife gets a copy of this memo?"
Donna DiVincenzo Hewlett: "Like hell! He should have got something last week if he is not a complete idiot!"
Kenny Sims: "HELP!!!!!! She just told me that that was no excuse!!!! I have known for 12 days now that is was coming !!!! I told her the sheriff's office told me and all she said was " you better ask the if they know what Domestic Violence is!!!!!!!"
Nan Trowell Brown: "You mean postponed rather than cancelled, right? Hallmark and the drug and grocery stores will like postponed better."
Shelley Steverson: "I shared this post on my page to ensure the citizens of Telfair county that our sheriff, also my husband, can NOT use this excuse. We only had monsoon like rains yesterday, no ice or snow. Those men better float to the florists."
Anne Voller: "Good call Sheriff! Valentine's Day is nothing but consumerist nonsense anyway! If my husband of 36 years wanted to go out for roses in these conditions, I would seriously hide his keys and make him an appointment with a psychiatrist! Anyway, one of the reasons I love him so much is because he is smarter than anyone who would venture out at the risk of his life for some dumb trinket or a bunch of roses that might last a week at best. We have each other for a life-time (old fashioned though that may be these days) and neither of us would risk shortening that life-time for anything so trivial! On the lighter side, I have enjoyed the humorous comments on this!"
Not everyone has been in such good humor, though. The Sheriff's Office posted this message around 10 a.m. this morning:
"We just got a phone call from a man with a 517 area code (Michigan) that was furious and wanting to know who we think we are for cancelling Valentine's Day. 'You're not a mayor.' he said.
He wanted us to know that two feet of snow is nothing and that it happens all the time. We pointed out that it doesn't happen in Georgia all the time.
He kept on until we asked him if he realized it was a joke. Then he got mad about that."
Some people just don't know how to laugh, apparently
You can read hundreds more comments by visiting the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.