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Trending: Sheriff Cancels Valentine's Day Freeing Men of Romantic Obligations

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
By Deb Belt

As much of the south and east coast grapples with a nasty winter storm, one sheriff has decided to let last minute Valentine's Day shoppers off the hook.

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office in Georgia 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!"
Wolfe February 13, 2014 at 03:01 PM
I think that it's a good idea---and should be done up north when the weather is bad (like it is now). The real problem with the folks down south trying to drive in this weather, though, is not the ice or the snow. It's that they've never seen it before and have no idea how to handle it. What would you do if somehow a backyard (and illegal) whiskey still showed up in your yard one day? Would you know how to use it? How to make whiskey with it? I doubt it. But go down to Tennessee and show one of them a still. They'll tell you who made it, how it works and what year it was made. Heck, they've probably got spare parts for it in their basements!! But they sure as shinola can not drive on packed snow or ice----that's our job.
Mehy February 13, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Are men really that dumb that they can not tell when and when not to go out. Do they really need another man, just like them to tell them that they should not go out in bad weather. What is wrong with you people? Do you also need someone to tell you when to go to the bathroom, because this is what this is leading up too.
Monica DeLancy February 13, 2014 at 04:47 PM
Now we have valid excuse
Chris February 13, 2014 at 05:46 PM
It's a joke. And yes everyone needs to be told not to leave the house when there is inclement weather... just because you have 4 wheel drive, doesnt mean you have magic stop. Stay home!
Hopalong Che Si Dice February 13, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Valentine's Day is a chauvinistic holiday since men, not women, are expected to buy gifts for their beloved. I treat women as equals: if you don't reciprocate, you get what I got...nothing!
rubberband February 13, 2014 at 06:47 PM
^ what he said.
Ben M February 13, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Another stupid and un-news worthy Patch story. Patch has gone to the dogs.
Chris S February 13, 2014 at 08:14 PM
When I was a child (about 40 or so years ago), Valentines Day was more of a holiday that kids celebrated by exchanging Valentines with each other in school. My mother bought a box of chocolates and everyone had some. It certainly wasn't the no holds barred holiday it has become today. Happy V Day.
NWBL February 13, 2014 at 09:35 PM
That's so dumb. Those who enjoy it, celebrate it, those who don't, don't. Who needs attention/ gifts from someone who gives them begrudgingly?
Kent Frederick February 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM
Ben, Lighten up. Patch is not to be confused with the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the Times of London. What's wrong with a little offbeat story like this. By the way, the Sheriff's order wouldn't fly in my family. I grew with the notion that birthdays must be celebrated on the actual day. No ifs, ands, or buts. The same held true for Valentine's Day. But, then waiting until the last minute often led to a poor choice of cards, a poor selection of candy, and so on.
Ed Kravitz February 14, 2014 at 09:47 AM
So why would a Southern California Beach Town like Imperial Beach even care about a story from Georgia or Chicago? How is it relevant to anything called local news. You folks are trolling for anything to fill space on your lame little blog. You had a really good one for a while...till you bit off the hand that was feeding you. You fired the guy who actually was a reporter? FOR THIS FLUFF AND CRAP? I'm still waiting for someone to post a story about the City Council Meeting in Imperial Beach that took place February 5th. Not a word in this FAUX NEWS BLOG. Go back to writing fiction. It's closer to the truth and more relevant to the local community that the fluff you fill these pages with now!
Rogers Lackey February 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Guys when we discuss these days lets remember(1) the mother of our kids(2) who let us drink beer for two days and did nothing else(3) she makes more money(4) last; who eise is going to put up with you.
Tom Hollman February 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Ever notice how Patch only covers stories that they want to only thier agenda . a crooked Black mayor found guilty in New Oleans trial no mention! The power of the press in reverse.He was a crooked Black democrat thats why
steve forte February 15, 2014 at 11:36 PM
Men who live in the designated "NO VALENTINES DAY ZONE" are exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars __________________________________________________ Is this how they do valentines in Georgia? How do they celebrate Halloween? Pump kin

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