Roses and roaches: Cold-hearted Valentine's Day ideas

Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:18pm EST
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By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the coldest air in more than a decade forecast to grip the United States this Valentine's Day weekend, the holiday dedicated to love is flashing its frigid side with an array of events designed for jilted lovers seeking revenge.

Beyond the usual weddings and romantic dinners, Valentine's Day celebrations in 2016 also are geared toward spurned sweethearts, who have a chance to retaliate, though often to benefit a good cause.

The "Donate Your Ex's Stuff" campaign has flooded Goodwills in Las Vegas and Sarasota, Florida, with goods that may bring heartache to the donor but create jobs for the needy, said Florida's Goodwill Manasota spokeswoman Kelly Davis Strausbaugh.

"If your ex-girlfriend was always trying to dress you, you can donate that sweater she gave you that's too painful to look at," Strausbaugh said on Friday.

Other donors just find the idea therapeutic.

"(We) got a call from a man who asked, 'Can I donate some dirty socks? Because after 10 years, that’s all my ex left me,'" Strausbaugh said.

"Name a Roach," a campaign to benefit New York's Bronx Zoo, has been so wildly popular among rejected lovers and others that printed naming certificates for the zoo's Madagascar hissing cockroaches are sold out and only a digital version remains available., meanwhile, is selling an "I Love You, Not" flower bouquet with broken stems and a teddy bear gutted of its stuffing.   Continued...

A horse carriage crosses a bridge in Manhattan's Central Park during a snowfall in New York City, February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Rickey Rogers