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Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat May 13, 2017 3:26 pm

A few days ago I saw a man, seemingly old enough to be retired, walking around our neighbourhood stopping at the odd garden here and there and picking a flower that was reachable from the pavement and putting it in the plastic bag he was carrying. On inquiry, I was told by those in the know that he would be selling the flowers, and, in particular, the main cemetery was frequently targeted by people who pinch flowers to sell them. It still seems odd to me. How much could somebody sell flowers for, and would they make enough for this petty crime to be worthwhile?
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sat May 13, 2017 8:01 pm

Maybe who ever told you they were being picked to be sold on was kidding?

It's not (or wasn't) unusual for Cypriot women out on a peripato in the evening to pick off a blossom or two from someones' garden as they walked on for sniffing and making "ohmmm ...aaahh) noises of de-stressing and delight. :)
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby supporttheunderdog » Sat May 13, 2017 8:02 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:,..... and would they make enough for this petty crime to be worthwhile?


This low-life obviously thinks so....
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sat May 13, 2017 8:14 pm

supporttheunderdog wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:,..... and would they make enough for this petty crime to be worthwhile?


This low-life obviously thinks so....


Why is he automatically a low-life? What if he's starving or has kids to feed?
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby supporttheunderdog » Sat May 13, 2017 11:17 pm

GreekIslandGirl wrote:
supporttheunderdog wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:,..... and would they make enough for this petty crime to be worthwhile?


This low-life obviously thinks so....


Why is he automatically a low-life? What if he's starving or has kids to feed?


He is stealing which makes him a criminal, and exploiting the bereaved.
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sun May 14, 2017 12:55 am

supporttheunderdog wrote:
GreekIslandGirl wrote:
supporttheunderdog wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:,..... and would they make enough for this petty crime to be worthwhile?


This low-life obviously thinks so....


Why is he automatically a low-life? What if he's starving or has kids to feed?


He is stealing which makes him a criminal, and exploiting the bereaved.


Shows how little you understand of the generosity of the Greek spirit. No way would any Cypriot object to some poor old person making a few pennies from something that does not victimize or impoverish anyone! 'Exploiting the bereaved', you say? What a heartless imperialist you are. :roll:
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby supporttheunderdog » Sun May 14, 2017 7:33 am

:D :D

So the usual meaningless epithets are thrown around again.....that is all you are capable of, abuse, same old, same old,....

...if it makes you feel better,...




For me, water off a duck's back..... :D :D
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby Pyrpolizer » Sun May 14, 2017 2:18 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:A few days ago I saw a man, seemingly old enough to be retired, walking around our neighbourhood stopping at the odd garden here and there and picking a flower that was reachable from the pavement and putting it in the plastic bag he was carrying. On inquiry, I was told by those in the know that he would be selling the flowers, and, in particular, the main cemetery was frequently targeted by people who pinch flowers to sell them. It still seems odd to me. How much could somebody sell flowers for, and would they make enough for this petty crime to be worthwhile?


Not that I am religious or anything or believe in afterlife but every time I pass by the cemetery i feel the need to buy some flowers and put them at my mother's grave. 90% of the times they get stolen at night. Especially roses that cost 10 Euro/dozen.Never mind...
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby repulsewarrior » Mon May 15, 2017 5:36 am

...wildflowers are something i've picked in the past; they don't last long but they are beautiful.

...i have learned however to be wise, because some plants are rarer, to look around and if it is not the only one to pick those that are plenty.

...as a younger man i would hunt dumpsters at the central market for food that was not pretty perhaps but entirely edible, sometimes i would stumble upon flowers, dozens of roses no longer entirely fresh.

...stealing in a grave yard; flowers? ...for money, cannot be profitable. deviant i'd say, whether in despair or not; and although repeatable as an offence not without consequence i imagine.

...i can imagine that making from a collection of flowers, arrangements and bouquets a business, indeed, my cohort in the wild flowers made a great deal of money picking wild mushroom for restaurants as well.

...picking mushrooms from the graveyard, comes to mind, but that i don't think is pinching.
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Re: Does pinching flowers pay?

Postby CBBB » Mon May 15, 2017 8:26 am

This has been going on for years and they make good money because they sell the flowers in bazoukia and cabarets for the patrons to buy for their "girlfriends" or to throw at the "artistes".

There used to be one in Nicosia that was convicted of stealing flowers from cemeteries, I am not sure what his punishment was.
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