The owner of an Arkansas floristry that advertised an affair with an employee is asking the state’s attorney general to investigate.
The owners of a Memphis florister that advertised a fling with an ex-employee are calling on the attorney general in a petition to the attorney General’s office.
Florence Jones said her family has been targeted by “gossip” in Arkansas.
She’s a floriferous owner who has owned the Flowers for Flowers floreria in nearby Little Rock for the past three years.
She said she and her husband, David, have had a “secret fling” with a “female employee” for several years.
Jones’ fling was not on the company website.
In January, she told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she had “never had a flirty affair with anyone” and has never had a sexual relationship with anyone.
Flowers for Flowers told the newspaper it did not know about the relationship.
But after the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office began investigating, Flowers for Roses told The Associated Press that it was “aware of an inappropriate relationship between two employees of our company.”
Jones told the AP the company does not have a relationship with the alleged employee.
“We’ve been very clear with the attorney generals office that this was not our policy, that we had no relationship whatsoever with this person,” Jones said.
“That’s not a statement that I feel comfortable making, but we’ve been extremely clear with them that we don’t have any relationship whatsoever.”
The Arkansas Attorney Generals Office says the business violated Arkansas law by “spreading rumors” that the business was an affair.
Flores for Flowers said it would take legal action.