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House staffers warned of Valentine delivery ban

Feb. 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms sent out a reminder to staffers that flowers and other deliveries will not be allowed for Valentine's Day.

House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving issued a memo reminding staffers of a policy banning deliveries to House office buildings and the House's wing of the Capitol from commercial couriers and vendors, Roll Call reported Thursday.

The memo asked staffers to inform their significant others that any commercial deliveries would be turned away, even on Valentine's Day.

Irving's memo said staffers can meet a delivery person outside, but they may not return to the building with a sealed envelope or container. Flowers brought into House offices or the Capitol must be cut and set in water or "arranged in an unsealed box or carton."

The memo said anyone expecting an overnight delivery of a Valentine's package from FedEx or UPS should be advised that the packages must be processed at the Postal Operations screening facility offsite, "which may result in delay of delivery."

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