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Georgia Sheriff Cancels Valentine’s Day

Men are off the hook during ice storm

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Sheriff Scott Berry in northeastern Georgia has canceled Valentine’s Day due to inclement weather. The announcement was made on February 12 through the Oconee County Sheriff’s Facebook page and has since garnered a lot of attention.

“The Oconee County County Sheriffs 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.”

Although the cancellation of the holiday is clearly a joke, the weather is not. Much of the Southeast is at a standstill after a deadly ice and snowstorm blew through the region earlier this week. Some 700,000 people were left without power, and thousands of flights were delayed or canceled.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is still taking a lighthearted approach to the storm and giving people something to laugh about on its Facebook page.

We just got a phone call from a man with a 517 area code (Michigan) that was furious and wanting to know who we think we are for cancelling Valentine’s Day. “You’re not a mayor.” he said…. He kept on until we asked him if he realized it was a joke. Then he got mad about that.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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