'Valentine's Day Canceled' By Georgia Sheriff During Snow Storm, And Actually Outraged People

By Ben Wolford on February 14, 2014 3:26 PM EST

A plow shears off snow from an Interstate outside Atlanta. (Photo: Reuters)

A plow shears off snow from an Interstate outside Atlanta. (Photo: Reuters)

When a rural Georgia sheriff canceled Valentine's Day on the department's Facebook page "due to ice, snow, (and) freezing rain," he was clearly not being serious. "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," he wrote. Plus, nobody can actually do that. Valentine's Day isn't even a federal holiday.

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Not everybody got the joke. People from around the country have called and written the Oconee County Sheriff's Office totally outraged, and the office has been posting the best gems on Facebook. One guy in Michigan called and said, "You're not a mayor." He went on to say that "two feet of snow is nothing and that it happens all the time," the sheriff's office wrote. "We pointed out that it doesn't happen in Georgia all the time. He kept on until we asked him if he realized it was a joke. Then he got mad about that."

Someone in Georgia was disappointed the sheriff's office would do something so foolish and lamented, "No wonder people in other states think we are 'stupid hillbillies !!!!'" None, however, topped this one:

"Legally you cannot cancel valentines day [sic]. I am telling people in your area to ignore any cancellations that deals [sic] with valentines day [sic]. I told them to go ahead and have it. Your [sic] abusing your power in office and abusing the badge. I will have your job taken away from you legally, by contacting the State Level to remove you if you try to enforce it. Your call and make it wisely. It will cost your job if you try to abuse the office and the badge. And you will be flipping burgers for the rest of your life nationwide."

The sheriff's office is right: For Georgia, this kind of weather is highly unusual. Average annual snowfall around Atlanta and Oconee County, which lies to the east near Athens, is about 2.1-2.4 inches. They've gotten perhaps double or triple that number in the last month alone. "Please be cognizant of black ice on the roadways tonight and in the morning," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook Thursday night. Such advisories are more typical of their social media fare, but Chief Deputy Lee Weems has said they were just trying to have some fun. They apparently didn't realize how hardcore some people are about Valentine's Day.

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