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The insane must be running the asylum on South Dixie!

The Palm Beach Post columnist Leslie Gray Streeter took to Facebook recently to call out a local flower shop where she felt dissed — in clear violation of the newspaper’s policy.

The Palm Beach PostHere is what Streeter, who covers entertainment for the dying daily, wrote in a Valentine’s Day entry on her fan page:

“Hey, Old Town Florists in West Palm Beach! Remember that part of ‘Pretty Woman’ where the Beverly Hills shop women were really mean to Julia Roberts, a potential paying customer, and she came back all dressed up to tell them they had messed up? That’s kind of like hanging up – twice – on a customer who just asks if you’re open, even on a busy Valentine’s Day afternoon. Especially when that customer is a Palm Beach Post columnist with a really big FB family. Big mistake. Huge.”

The HUGE mistake here was Julia Roberts‘, I mean Streeter’s.

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So happens that U.S. journalistic ethics prevent news people from using their privileged public position to settle private scores.

Eventually, Streeter pulled down her angry entry to more than 3,000 fans — but it was up there long enough to be noticed.

Later that day, Streeter thanked rival florist Extra Touch on Clematis for treating her husband right in his purchase of Valentine’s flowers for her! That entry is still up.

Old Town owner Leo Davenport called Streeter’s words a “cheap shot” since he wasn’t offered the chance to defend himself.

“Who calls a flower shop on Valentine’s Day,” said Davenport, who has co-owned the business since 1967. “Most flower shops don’t even answer the phone on Valentine’s Day. Maybe she shoulda called the store on Feb. 13, or God forbid, a couple days earlier.

“She’s not my favorite columnist anyway!”

No comment from Streeter or her bosses, who recently were pushing individual reporters and editors to use Facebook and Twitter to gain readership.

Streeter’s ethical breach comes in the wake of a story about another company columnist, Shannon Donnelly at the The Palm Beach Daily News, allegedly threatening officials at charities to withhold coverage of their fundraising events if other media were allowed in!

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