All was well until 1-800-Flowers followed up later with a thank-you note. Which it sent to their house. Where his wife lived. Who had not received any roses. When she called with questions, the company helpfully faxed her a copy of the receipt that confirmed the purchase and the touching note that she also had not received.
This gave her an excellent reason to increase what she was asking for as part of their divorce settlement, which was apparently being negotiated at the time. Mr. Greer’s complaint admits the two were in the midst of a divorce, although his attorney described it as "amicable." That’s because he’s now measuring the damages in part by the difference between the amount of the proposed amicable-divorce settlement and the significantly higher post-affair-disclosure-reduced-amicability settlement amount, which Greer is arguing he would not have had to pay if the company had helped him keep his adultery a secret. (He looks slightly better in light of the fact that he and his wife had been separated for quite a while, but under Texas law it’s still adultery until the divorce is final. Maybe everywhere else, too, now that I think about it.)
"That thank-you note is going to cost him money," said Greer’s attorney, Kennitra Foote. And it will — the report said that Mrs. Greer asked for an additional $300,000 after learning about the affair — but there is probably going to be some discussion of whether it was the thank-you note or the I-love-you note that really caused the harm.
Helpfully attached as an exhibit to Greer’s complaint is a copy of the fax that his wife received, on which she wrote a note of her own, this one to Mr. Greer: "Be a man! If you got caught red handed then don’t still lie." I guess that is some evidence that the fax was responsible for him getting caught, but on the other hand, it is also some evidence that he is not a man.