I don’t know what it’s like at your office, but at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Valentine’s Day is a big deal. Staffers frequently beat suitors off with a stick and on February 14, the deliveries of candy, chocolates, flower arrangements, and edible undies do not stop. So when workers were notified just days before the big day that moving forward, such shipments were banned, there was no way they were going to take the news lying down.

In what even the regulator’s management acknowledged might be seen as a heartless move, SEC workers were notified earlier this week that the agency was prohibited by law from using government resources for personal reasons — and that included accepting and delivering flowers to employees’ offices. The ban didn’t sit well with SEC union chief Greg Gilman who quickly fired off an e-mail to his troops telling them he had demanded the SEC provide “the legal basis for the assertion.” Pizza is routinely delivered to SEC offices, Gilman noted, so why not flowers?

Before the dustup could devolve into a hard-hearted legal battle, Gilman offered up his own bouquet to management, proposing that union volunteers sit at tables in office lobbies to accept flower deliveries. “This seems to us a sensible resolution, and more in keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day,” he wrote. Red-faced, SEC management backtracked on Feb. 12, offering a “clarification” that deliveries could be received and employees would be called down to pick up their flowers.

Let this be a lesson.

Sweetheart Deal Lets SEC Workers Get Valentine’s Flowers [Bloomberg]

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  1. Posted by ThatsVVacc | February 14, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    "Staffers frequently beat suitors off with a stick"

    Suitors aren't the only thing we're "beating" off.

    – SEC Staffer

  2. Posted by Guest | February 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    the SEC has a union?? That explains EVERYTHING.

  3. Posted by Guest | February 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    You guys are the best! Be on the lookout for my porn bouquet.

    J Gundlach

  4. Posted by justme | February 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    this Valentine's day is so artificial lately..

  5. Posted by OWS stormtrooper | February 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Die hipster wannabe

  6. Posted by The mob | February 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    What's the problem?

  7. Posted by Mack | May 17, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Yes, 14 February lots of people are ordering flowers and chocolates for gifting their love once. But I am happy SEC members celebrate this day with their managements.