A man sent flowers to every pub in Atherton in a desperate attempt to apologise to a woman who blocked him on Facebook after he asked her out too many times.
Addressed simply to ‘the landlord’s daughter’, the bouquets are understood to have been delivered to 18 boozers in the town.
Each one came with a card, which all carried the same message, ‘I’m sorry’.
Unsurprisingly, 17 of the recipients were left baffled by the gesture, prompting one lady to post on Facebook asking if anyone else had received any flowers.
Natasha Paige Freeborn wrote: “Any other pubs received ‘postbox flowers’? The ones sent to the Punchbowl are noted ‘to the landlord’s daughter’ so I’ve opened them… as that’s me and a note inside that states ‘I’m sorry’.
But Natasha soon discovered she was not the only one to have received a bouquet – believed to cost around £38 each.
Another woman replied: “I was all excited someone was delivering me flowers until I realised they weren’t for me but whoever there from must be very desperate to apologise sending one to every pub.”
Even the postman who’d had the task of delivering all the flowers commented on the post.
He said: “I’m the postman who delivered all of them today. Tell him don’t do it again. Lol I had to go to nearly every pub in Atherton.”
Carrie-Ann Skivington was one of the many ‘landlords’ daughters’ to receive one of the expensive bouquets.
Her parents run the Pendle Witch pub on Warburton Place.
She said: “I saw on Facebook that they’d been sent to different pubs so I rang my parents to see if they’d had any – my mum isn’t really into flowers so I thought I’m not letting them go to waste if they had!
“They’re lovely as well! He’s sent them to 18 pubs and they’re like £38 a box.
“It’s either really creepy or really romantic. To send to two or three pubs then fair enough, but 18? Well that’s just a bit much.
“I’m made up with them anyway, I never get flowers!”
Eventually, the intended recipient came forward, saying the flowers were from a man who she had blocked on Facebook several days earlier.
Lyndsey Murray Sapiente, whose dad owns the Taphouse in Atherton, told the Manchester Evening News: “I’d never even met him. I met him via Facebook.
“He kept asking me out and I kept saying I was too busy with work and my business and wasn’t looking for anything like that.
“But he kept asking and asking and it got to the point where I had to block him.
“That’s what he was apologising for.”
Lyndsey, 34, who doesn’t live in the pub, said that all the man in question knew about her was that her dad owned a pub in Atherton and insists that despite his overwhelming persistence, he is a nice guy.
She added: “It was a bit of a shock, I live in Blackburn so when my dad called me I just sat there in silence. At first I was confused too, then I realised who they were from.
“He didn’t need to do it, he hadn’t done anything wrong. I’m just not looking for anything.”
Lyndsey, who is a lecturer and owns her own company in early years education, says she did ring him to say thank you, but said he was still blocked, and it had been left as that.