By Jill Brooke
Because there are more good people than not, the owner of a Kentucky business called “Becky’s Flower Basket” could have suffered from a bad case of mistaken identity.
Over in Midland, Texas, Capitol rioter Jenny Cudd, who could be charged as a domestic terrorist, owns a similar-sounding floral store called, “Becky’s Flower.”
Suddenly the former teacher was being swamped by angry calls, bad reviews and Facebook messages that had nothing to do with her.
“We’re not the ones who stormed the Capitol,” says owner Holly Trimble. “At first I was wondering why am I getting horrible prank calls but then I called my sister who explained what it could be.”
Fortunately, a lifetime of doing good and being talented has doused any suspicion in her community. “It was people from elsewhere,” she says. “I’ve been in this Falmouth community for 20 years. They know me and have been so supportive.”
For that Trimble is immensely grateful which is why we chose to share this appreciation floral arrangement to the public as well as her neighbors and friends.
In fact, other flower shops sharing the name Becky have been reaching out facing incorrect associations with the Midland, Texas florist, Jenny Cudd, who flashed a video saying, “We did break down Speaker Pelosi’s office door and somebody stole her gavel.”
You may not realize it but most flower shops are small businesses, filled with hard-working people and artists who rarely have time to branch out to meet other florists. When a bizarre event like this is happening, you think it’s only you.
But now a sisterhood of sorts is forming.
“We’ve been in contact and it’s been very supportive,” says Trimble, sighing how “surreal” it all is. “I even got a call from a Becky florist in Scotland.”
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.