Saturday, September 26, 2009

Flower Confidential

"Lane remembers the day he tried to convince the bank's lawyers to release enough money to let him pay his employees. ... 'They had frozen all our accounts,' he told me. 'It was early February, just before Valentine's Day. I kept trying to tell them, you can't do this. We've got to treat our people well. If we don't pay the workers, we don't get the flowers cut in time, and then we're really in trouble. Finally I told them, 'You know, you guys are up there in your nice office on the twentieth floor in downtown Portland and you think you can just deny these people their paychecks. But they had nothing to do with this [the bankruptcy]. At four o'clock, you're going to have a hundred people wondering where their paychecks are. And at the end of the day, I can't guarantee what will happen to your assets if they don't get paid. What you own down here is four hundred thousand square feet of glass. Do you understand this? These are glass houses. I can't promise that at the end of the day these glass houses will still have glass in them.'' After a long silence, the lawyers agreed to release they money and that evening Lane handed out the paychecks."

--Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart, pg 79-80