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Cold Hearted: Snowstorm 'Cancels' Valentine's Day

The slick roads have given men in north Georgia a pass on Valentine's Day. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office says the holiday is canceled -- for men.

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office says the holiday is canceled -- for men. File|Patch
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office says the holiday is canceled -- for men. File|Patch
When you stocked up on bread and milk before the storm, did you also buy a Valentine's Day chocolates and flowers? Got a card ready for the holiday, which is Friday?

If the answer is no — guys — you are in luck. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office has a tongue-in-cheek message on its Facebook page canceling the most romantic day of the year. It's all in the interest of public safety, we presume.

Notice that the delay only applies to the men of Oconee.

The Facebook message says: The Oconee County County Sheriff's Office announces that Valentines Day has been CANCELLED from a line North of I-16 to the Georgia/Tennessee border. 

Men who live in the designated "NO VALENTINES DAY ZONE" are exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars from the corner stores until February 18, 2014, due to ice, snow, freezing rain.

The post has gone viral, with stories on every media site from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to "Good Morning America"  and the British Broadcasting Corp., says the sheriff's office.

And more than 100 residents have chimed in to say thanks. Or to scold men who didn't plan ahead and have presents purchased last week.

David Lavender writes: "Thanks Sheriff office now the stress has been relieved."

Not everyone waits to the last minute to search for a Valentine's Day presents, says Sarah Danis. "So lucky that my new hubby Michael was ahead of the game and brought me flowers before the storm!"
Kate L. Wall February 13, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Sooo, what does this mean if your birthday is on Valentine's (as mine is)? Is that "cancelled" too? [just kidding] Wonder how many restaurants are going to lose with this. I understand it, but if weather permits, folks might go out Sat. as it's a holiday weekend (Presidents Day Monday).
Tammy Osier February 14, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Kate L. Wall, no one in my family has ever celebrated their birthdays on their actual birthday (unless it falls on a weekend). Now, when I was a kid, traditions were big and we moved heaven and earth to get people gathered on the 'day'. But when I grew up and had kids of my own, I decided to break tradition, and have a small private b-day on the day, and then a party on the following weekend. For my kids, and now my grandkids, it was like having two birthdays! :) Hope you get two this year!

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