Flower Shower ExplainedSubmitted by Stormy on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 19:08
Please forgive the long post, but I think it is necessary to address concerns with the outcome of the Flower Shower.
I have been away from the computer most of the day, but I wanted to offer a complete timeline of yesterday's events. First of all, I feel extremely bad about the flowers not being accepted by The Tonight Show. Motion Picture Flowers definitely went out of their way to make this a success. By the way, I chose them because of their close proximity to the studio. Before I contacted them, I emailed a number of the local meetups to see if they knew of any Ron Paul supporter that had a flower shop in the area. None of them responded.
Below is the post from the flower shop:
On October 31st, 2007 Motion Picture ... says:
We though it would be a good idea to post the details of yesterdays flower shower event.
We had originally called NBC central delivery and informed them that we had a huge flower delivery going to The Tonight Show. They advised us to go thru the back gate, upon delivery at the gate the security guard called The Tonight Show and a pass was isued to me to go in to the lot.
When I got to the back stage of The Tonight Show, security asked how many arrangements I was delivering? I told him a total of 135 different arrangements. He said he needed to call upstairs and see if it was allright to drop them off. The person he was talking to asked who where they from and I told him it was from Ron Paul
supporters to thank Jay Leno for having Dr. Ron Paul on the show tonight. After the security guard informed the person of this he was put on hold and later came back and told the guard to refuse the entire delivery. I asked why? And I was told because they did not have any room to accept that many arrangements. I then asked if they could take some of them and I was told that they could not because it would show favortism to a few. I then headed back to the shop and we called Stormy and advised her of the situation.
For every ones information we open at 8:30am -7:00pm pacific time. When we are closed we have an automated answering system. Some comments were made, maybe hinting that we are trying to avoid phone calls from Ron Paul supporters. That is not
the case and this was not some kind of scam as some of you have suggested. We are a small Flower Shop that takes pride in providing great service. We agreed to give wholesale prices due to the cause and volume of orders. We regret that the orders were refused, however all the orders were filled. Some of the orders have been delivered to local Fire Houses free of charge on behalf of Ron Paul supporters as sugested by the organizer of the event.
Also be advised that all your messages will be delivered to the Tonight Show.
Any questions please call us or email us
@ 818 845 1717 or email@example.com.
Norm & Aida Rodriguez
Motion Picture Flowers, Inc.
Here is my timeline of what happened:
The Florist contacted me and informed me that the Studio would not accept the flower delivery. They suggested we contact the studio to see if we could get them to accept some, if not all, of the flowers. I could not find a telephone number for the Studio.
I decided we needed to contact one of the local Meetups in the area to see if they could take the flowers and possibly hand them out to audience members after the show. After quite a while, I was able to find a phone number for someone in one of the Meetups. I called and explained the situation to him.
At this time, he told me that there were about a dozen people in line at the tonight show. He was under the impression that many of the Meetup people would be getting tickets and going INTO the studio...hence, we could not just have the flowers dropped off with his group. After talking with him for a while, we came up with the idea of delivering the flowers to him BEFORE the show.
People were having lunch or sign waving in areas around the studio. He said he would round up as many people as possible, and that they would hand out the flowers on the streets and to businesses around the studio, along with Slim Jims, and tell people to watch RP on the Tonight Show.
While he was doing that, I called back the flower shop. This is where everything got crazy because Aida still had other orders to fulfill and deliver that day. I told her about the suggestion, but she said we had to wait until the delivery driver came back from his current deliveries.
Finally, the delivery truck returned (this may have been an hour later) and it was around 2 PM Pacific time. I called back the Meetup guy, and he was concerned that time would run out on them before they had to go into the studio. Another thing to note is that it was very loud and hard to communicate with him during this time as the crowd had grown and people were chanting "Ron Paul". Since it was so loud, I told him to call me after the show and that perhaps they could get the flowers then.
The problem with this is that the Flower Shop stops delivering around 5 PM. The Meetup guy said he would try to find people that could drive to the flower shop and pick them up after the show.
This got me thinking, what if this guy (who arrived on a motorcycle) could not round up people to pick up flowers after the show. It was now around 3 PM and I was thinking that we had 2 hours left to do something (positive) with the flowers. I called the main Firestation in Burbank and asked if they would accept flower donations. When I was told, YES, I called Aida to see what she could do.
I told her that there were 6 firestations in Burbank, and She said she would deliver to all of them! I could not find information for all 6 firestations, so I called the main firestation back, and had the lady read phone numbers and addresses to me for all of the stations.
I then called each station and asked them how many firemen they had, and if a large delivery of flowers and balloons would hinder their duties in any way.
I only got ahold of 5 of them, and they were all VERY thrilled that someone was thinking of doing this for them. They thought we were going to send ONE bouquet, but when I hinted that we would have a bouquet for nearly EVERY fireman, they couldn't believe it. Again, they were very happy about this and couldn't believe that we wanted to send them a number of flowers and balloons.
I emailed the contact info to Aida, along with the number of flowers/balloons to send to each station since some had more firemen than others. I told her to hold back about 30 orders, in case the Meetup guy showed up later, and suggested that if he
didn't come by, to take the remaining 30 to the main firestation the next morning.
It was now around 4 PM. I think the florist had time to deliver to 3 of the firestations last night, and would deliver the remaining 3 this morning. Around 5:45, the Meetup guy called me and told me the show was over and he was trying to get some people together to go to the flower shop. They were pretty tired after being in line all day and decided to find a hospital in which to deliver the flowers. I believe he had talked to someone at one of the hospitals to see if they could receive a large order from Ron Paul Supporters. Again, this person was thrilled that we would think of them, and said they would distribute the flowers to patients.
By the time that all was said and done, it was 9 PM (central) where I live. I can not say it enough how much I regret that The Tonight Show did not receive these orders! I hope everyone will understand that both the Florist and I did everything possible, with
the time constraints we had, to take care of a difficult situation.
I do think everyone deserved this explanation and regret that I did not provide it earlier. I am still disappointed by many of the comments that have suggested actions that would reflect poorly on Ron Paul and his supporters. Perhaps, as some of you
suggested, we should have not done this event. But that doesn't mean we shoot ourselves in the foot now, and turn the situation into something ugly. I also made it very clear that if you could not afford this event, or if it would take away campaign contribution funds, to please not participate.
I hope this explains to everyone what happened yesterday. I ask that we do not discuss this further on Daily Paul as it only distracts us what we need to be doing. We are here to elect a President! My Meetup will continue to develop fun and creative ideas that will encourage people to get involved in the campaign.
If you have ANY questions or comments about this matter, please email ME DIRECTLY, and I will be glad to discuss it with you personally.