I walked into Safeway yesterday and was impressed with the orchids they had. Lots of oncidium crosses and even a blooming cattleya! I struck up a conversation with the floral arrangement lady on duty and she told me they got shipments every three weeks generally.
I didn't see tons of orchids everywhere, only around 25, so I asked if they went on sale after they stopped blooming. No, she said-they throw them away! Into a trash compactor! WTF!
The poor floral clerk was sad about it as well, but said that Safeway policy didn't allow them to give them away or mark them down. I'm going to speak with the manager to see if we can work something out...I'm hoping they'll let me 'rescue' the ones they can't keep in exchange for a donation to their favorite charity or something. If not I'll be writing Safeway higher-ups. It's just wasteful!