Hate Valentine’s Day? In New Jersey, you’re definitely not alone
Valentine's Day is pure evil to some folks in New Jersey - even those who are in a committed relationship. Some people just go through the motions, in fear of sleeping on the couch, but others have no problem expressing their hatred for Feb. 14.
Rose of Sharon Florist in Tinton Falls, this time each year, deals with customers who'd obviously rather not be there. Men walk in, less interested in learning about their options and more interested in grabbing the first bouquet that catches their eye.
Others walk in with a goal of sending their "lover" a message on Valentine's Day that goes completely against the meaning of the romantic holiday.
"I've seen people just want stems of roses with no heads of flower on them," Rose of Sharon owner Jeffrey Echandia told New Jersey 101.5. "Because they want to, I don't know, end a relationship, bad marriage...but if they want it, we can produce it."
Echandia has also handled orders for black roses in the past.
In Hoboken, those who can't stand "V-Day" can meet in one spot on Saturday. The group New Jersey Young Professionals will be hosting its annual Stupid Cupid party at Room 84.
The price of admission is $10-20, and guests will have no problem deciphering who's for and who's against the holiday. Everyone must wear red (those who love Valentine's Day) or black (those who hate it).
"It's absolutely a conversation piece," said NJYP CEO Michael Park, noting people have the option to wear red and black if they just can't decide.
In a a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released last year, 22 percent of New Jersey men said they dread Valentine’s Day, versus 10 percent of women. Forty-four percent of New Jerseyans said they are excited for the holiday. The other 56 percent said they’re indifferent or “feel more dread than excitement.”