Traditional depiction of the Gay Florist
Donald Lee Rose
Prank Call Victim, Victim Soundboard
Owner of Foley's Florist & Gifts
The Gay Florist or simply Florist, (real name: Don Rose, April 26th, 1947 – February 26th, 2013) was a prank call victim and the owner of Foley's Florist & Gifts in Berea, Kentucky. He was pranked numerous times, both with and without soundboards. The original prank calls to the Gay Florist were made by a radio show that was requesting his services for a gay S&M wedding. Later, his phone number was discovered by the Prank Calling Community and he was called repeatedly with soundboards of Tom the Pissed-Off Roofer and Duncan among others. The prolific prankster, Xaozzz, was the first to call him. The Gay Florist's victim soundboard, created using quotes from these early calls, has since been used against countless victims, including such notable ones as the Irate Black Man and the Harlem Barber. His soundboard also has the distinction of being the last one used to call the Epic Crazy Lady, before she blocked her number.
For years all of the original calls to him were believed to be lost, however, the calls to him from Duncan and Tom the Pissed Off Roofer surfaced on Realm of Darkness in August 2011. Other calls remain lost. At one point earlier in 2011, not long before the Realm of Darkness YouTube channel was terminated, the non-soundboard prank caller Telemarketer Torture, who uses only his voice and was largely unfamiliar with most victims, called the Florist and falsely arranged for a delivery to a bleeped out location, and laughing stated in between calls that "he's definitely gay."
The Gay Florist was one of several "classic" victims called in a "Christmas Special" call by MDopvveszZW on December 13, 2012. In one of the final calls to him on January 22, 2013, about one month prior to his death, when confronted with his own voice, the Florist intimated that he was aware of both the Prank Calling Community and soundboard use, saying "If you'd get off your recorder, that you have for tormentin' the hell out of people all over the United States, then we might see who's who."
Despite his effeminate voice, mannerisms and career choice, it is not known if the Florist was actually homosexual or not. However, in a call from a Duncan soundboard a mere 13 days before he died, speaking in a lascivious tone, he specifically asked the caller if they wanted a "lesbian experience," while pretending to be an automated message from a phone sex line.
DepictionEditThe most common depiction of the Gay Florist is cropped from one version an old spring 2000 magazine ad for Bianco Footwear. The ads, of which there are several versions, featured various ugly people (including the odd-looking, bespectacled man eventually chosen to represent the Florist), accompanied by the tagline, "We recommend a pair of really beautiful shoes."
However, other depictions have been used by some pranksters, usually of gayish-looking men with flowers.
Sadly, on August 30, 2013, it was discovered by the Prank Calling Community that Mr. Rose had actually been deceased for quite sometime, having passed away on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. A cause of death was not listed, but it was stated that he died "peacefully" in his home at 592 Chestnut Street #6 in Berea, which is apparently an upstairs apartment in the same building as his floral shop. A few days after the initial announcement was made, a call was placed to the shop in early September by the YouTube uploader and prank caller, Indy The Great, in which it was confirmed that the Gay Florist had indeed, joined the likes of Frank Garrett and Bob Chandler in prank call heaven.
According to obituaries on the websites BookOfMemories.com and BereaOnline.com, in addition to operating his floral shop, "he was past President of the Kentucky unit of Telefora Incorporated, received a Lifetime Achievement award from the State of Kentucky Floral Association and was a member of the American Institute of floral designers. He was also a member of Westside Baptist Church and enjoyed visiting White’s Memorial Presbyterian Church."
- "Do you have a problem?"
- "I have been called fifteen times!"
- "Why you callin' me every three minutes for?!"
- "Well, uh, this number here, is on my caller ID."
- "Why don't you get your brass balls and come up here, buddy?"
- "I'll bust your head wide-open if I could see you."
- "Why don't you hang-up the phone...and come to the number you're calling and discuss the matter? If you've got the guts to do it."
- "Just don't call this number no more."
- "I'm sorry I didn't answer the phone properly."
- "Well, I'll tell you why I didn't. It's because it comes up 'unknown number' and we've been getting harassment phone calls and being cussed-out, every time we pick up the phone."
- Well, now, every time you gonna get cussed-out, after awhile, you can soon get burned-out. [chuckles]"
- "That's immaterial to you, sir, at this time." [re: "So, what's your name?"]
- "If you'd get off your recorder, that you have, uh...for tormentin' the hell out of people all over the United States, then we might see who's who."
- "I won't answer questions over the phone. If you're a police and you want to ask me questions, come to the shop."
- "You have called the hottest sex line on the net. If you would like a lesbian experience, please press three now."
|N/A||Original call to Gay Florist||Radio Station||Gay Florist||Original call is considered lost.|
|2008||Tom & Duncan Harrass a Gay Flower Shop *NEW*||Xaozzz||Gay Florist|||
|N/A||Florist calls a Radio Station||Realm of Darkness||Male victim|||
|N/A||Florist calls a Mortgage Broker||Realm of Darkness||Various|||
|N/A||Florist, Officer Martin, and Sgt. Libski call a Grocery Store||ThePhonePirate||Various|||
|January 26, 2011||Florist calls a Fitness Company||Shaywallace495||Female victim|||
|N/A||Florist calls some more Telemarketers||Mclovin||Various|||
|N/A||Arnold, Officer Martin & Florist call an Irate Woman||AntiVenom9808||Female victim|||
|N/A||Quiznos Torment Prank Call||AntiVenom9808||Various|||
|N/A||Gay Florist calls Walgreens||MrStanflores||Female victim|||
|N/A||NEW Call To Gay Florist|| TheMasterCall|
|Gay Florist||The pranksters used their actual voices to call the victim.|||
|2009||Florist and Officer Martin call a Rude Woman||Prankforever2k9||Rude Woman|||
|July 31, 2009||2nd Call to The Crazy Black Girl - The Thin Line Between Love and Hate!||TheHoboMolester5000||Female victim|||
|August 2, 2009||3rd Call To The Crazy Black Girl||TheHoboMolester5000||Female victim|||
|August 7, 2009||Frank Garrett and High Redneck Make Some Calls and Gay Florist Just wants to say hello||TheHoboMolester5000||Male victim|||
|August 14, 2009||Gay Florist and Drug and Alcohol Lady team up||Elelisrael||Various|||
|September 26, 2009||Provoking The Hacker V.1.0||TheHoboMolester5000||Chris the Hacker|||
|October 12, 2009||The Florist is Sick of Prank Calls||Snoopinc||Various|||
|October 16, 2009||Duncan and his Followers Get Rowdy||TheHoboMolester5000||Kentucky State Police|||
|November 14, 2009||Florist vs the Stuttering Redneck||Poorkingz||Male victim|||
|December 2, 2009||CALLS FROM THE TOY CHEST: Thanksgiving pranks + Bonus Harrassment! + SUPRISE AT END!!||enjoiCam||Gay Florist||This was a live call from The Toy Chest.|||
|N/A||Florist calls The Barber Shop||TheGoldenPhone2||Harlem Barber|||
|N/A||Gay Florist calls the Irate black man||Americanlackey||Irate Black Man|||
|N/A||Philly Thug, Tom, And The Gay Florist||Brian79camino||Female victim|||
|N/A||Gay Florist, Philly Thug, D&A Lady, And Drunk Guy||Brian79camino||Female victim|||
|N/A||Gay Florist, Angry Mother And Son, And D&A Lady Shop For A Motorcycle||Brian79camino||Female victim|||
|N/A||Young Redneck Should Look In The Mirror, Gay Florist And Duncan Call Some Smart Asses||Brian79camino||Male victim|||
|N/A||Gay Florist And Sal||Brian79camino||Male victim|||
|N/A||Gay Florist And Latin Guy Piss Some People Off||Brian79camino||Various|||
|N/A||Gay florist calls bar payphone and payphone near the bar featuring the drunk girls||Nomadcowatbk||Various|||
|April 19, 2010||The Gay Florist Calls To Complain About Getting Called Every 3 Minutes To Adopt A Child||PoopCalls||Adopt-A-Child|||
|April 19, 2010||Chinaman Tries To Get The Names Of The Adopt A Child People For The Gay Florist||PoopCalls||Adopt-A-Child|||
|May 24, 2010||Chirs Santos The Gay Florist Wifebeater||Firstcomingg||Various|||
|June 20, 2010||Gay florist pranks||Trendyrapslut||Various|||
|July 30, 2010||Young Redneck, Gay Florist, Angry Mother And Son, And Phuckboy Exchange A Few Words||Brian79camino||Male victim|||
|August 31, 2010||Gay Florist Short Calls||PranksterAnonymous||Various|||
|December 11, 2010||Cockblocked soundboard prank calls||Happypranksgiving||Female victim|||
|March 18, 2011||Original calls to Raged Old Lady||Derangedpranks||Raged Old Lady|||
|April 5, 2011||The Return Of Sal (feat. Gay Flosrist And Tom)||Brian79camino||Female victim|||
|May 22, 2011||Gay Florist calls a handyman||ZickPranks||Male victim|||
|August 12, 2011||The Florist and The Angry Barber Call a Realtor||Deathskull99||Male victim|||
|August 22, 2011||Telemarketer Revenge 19: The Florist Maneuver||Revolverocelot2501||Male victim|||
|August 27, 2011||Prank calls to Indian scammers - victim edition||Zamot83||Indian Scammers|||
|September 2, 2011||Bail Bondsman and the Gay Florist call 1-800 Taxicab||RatBatBlew||Various|||
|October 2, 2011||Epic Crazy Lady and Florist Call 7/11||Tellularphone||Various|||
|October 2, 2011||Rick, Epic Crazy Lady, Florist, Pissed Off Roofer and Officer Martin Call Another 7/11||Tellularphone||Various|||
|October 13, 2011||Telemarketer Revenge 27: Assult of the verification company||Revolverocelot2501||Male victim|||
|October 20, 2011||100 Sub Special||DuncansGhost||Male victim|||
|February 1, 2012||Special Vengence 5: Pay your bills *not* (part the first)||Revolverocelot2501||Male victim|||
|February 7, 2012||The gay florist calls a gas station||CrankCallerDude||Female victim|||
|February 8, 2012||Collection Call Gang-Up 2||Mobiethian||Male victim|||
|August 18, 2012||Florist Frustration 2||Mobiethian||Various|||
|September 13, 2012||Prank Call Spree 16||Mobiethian||Female victim|||
|November 8, 2012||Florist Frustration 3||Mobiethian||Various|||
|December 13, 2012||The Florist Calls a Eunuch||Deathskull99||Male victim|||
|December 13, 2012||Christmas Special calls featuring Stilwell Grandma + LOADS more||MDopvveszZW||Gay Florist||This was a special Christmas edition which featured "classic" victims including Drug & Alcohol Lady, Redneck Roofer, and Drunk Al.|||
|January 22, 2013||Gay Florist resurrection||Pranktz||Gay Florist|||
|February 13, 2013||Dr. Phil, ABG, Arnold, and Duncan call Gay Florist's place of employment.||DragonSanPrankCalls||Gay Florist, two female employees||Final known call to him, prior to his death.|||
|September 2, 2013||Gay Florist Will Bust Your Head 15 Times||IntelligentApeMan||Female victim||Calls were made to a hotel|||
- "A List of Prank Victims." Prank Victims Documents. N.p., 2009. Web. 15 Feb. 2012.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Christmas Special calls featuring Stilwell Grandma + LOADS more. on YouTube
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Gay Florist resurrection on YouTube
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Dr. Phil, ABG, Arnold, and Duncan call Gay Florist's place of employment on YouTube
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gay Florist obituary on BereaOnline.com
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Gay Florist obituary on BookOfMemories.com
- ↑ Pissed off Roofer and Duncan call The Florist on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Florist calls a Radio Station on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Florist calls a Mortgage Broker on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Florist, Officer Martin, and Sgt. Libski call a Grocery Store on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Florist calls a Fitness Company on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Florist calls some more Telemarketers on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Arnold, Officer Martin & Florist call an Irate Woman on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Quiznos Torment Prank Call on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Gay Florist calls Walgreens (REUPLOAD) on YouTube
- ↑ TheMasterCall/ItsOnlyAPrank - NEW Call To Gay Florist on YouTube
- ↑ Florist and Officer Martin call a Rude Woman.flv on YouTube
- ↑ 2nd Call to The Crazy Black Girl - The Thin Line Between Love and Hate! on YouTube
- ↑ 3rd Call To The Crazy Black Girl on YouTube
- ↑ Frank Garrett and High Redneck Make Some Calls and Gay Florist Just wants to say hello on YouTube
- ↑ Gay Florist and Drug and Alcohol Lady team up on YouTube
- ↑ Provoking The Hacker V.1.0 on YouTube
- ↑ The Florist is Sick of Prank Calls on YouTube
- ↑ Duncan and his Followers Get Rowdy on YouTube
- ↑ Florist vs the Stuttering Redneck on YouTube
- ↑ CALLS FROM THE TOY CHEST: Thanksgiving pranks + Bonus Harrassment! + SUPRISE AT END!! on YouTube
- ↑ Florist calls The Barber Shop on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Florist Calls Irate Black Man, Original on YouTube
- ↑ Philly Thug, Tom, And The Gay Florist (reupload) on YouTube
- ↑ Gay Florist, Philly Thug, D&A Lady, And Drunk Guy (reupload) on YouTube
- ↑ Gay Florist, Angry Mother And Son, And D&A Lady Shop For A Motorcycle (reupload) on YouTube
- ↑ Young Redneck Should Look In The Mirror, Gay Florist And Duncan Call Some Smart Asses (reupload) on YouTube
- ↑ Gay Florist And Sal (reupload) on YouTube
- ↑ Gay Florist And Latin Guy Piss Some People Off on YouTube
- ↑ Gay florist calls bar payphone and payphone near the bar featuring the drunk girls (reupload) on YouTube
- ↑ The Gay Florist Calls To Complain About Getting Called Every 3 Minutes To Adopt A Child on YouTube
- ↑ Chinaman Tries To Get The Names Of The Adopt A Child People For The Gay Florist on YouTube
- ↑ Chirs Santos The Gay Florist Wifebeater on YouTube
- ↑ Gay florist pranks on YouTube
- ↑ Young Redneck, Gay Florist, Angry Mother And Son, And Phuckboy Exchange A Few Words on YouTube
- ↑ Gay Florist Short Calls on YouTube
- ↑ Cockblocked soundboard prank calls on YouTube
- ↑ Raged Old Lady (Original Calls) on YouTube
- ↑ The Return Of Sal (feat. Gay Flosrist And Tom) on YouTube
- ↑ Gay Florist calls a handyman on YouTube
- ↑ The Florist and The Angry Barber Call a Realtor on YouTube
- ↑ Telemarketer Revenge 19: The Florist Maneuver (reuploaded) on Realm of Darkness
- ↑ Prank calls to Indian scammers - victim edition on YouTube
- ↑ Bail Bondsman and the Gay Florist call 1-800 Taxicab on YouTube
- ↑ Epic Crazy Lady and Florist Call 7/11 on Tellularphone.com
- ↑ Rick, Epic Crazy Lady, Florist, Pissed Off Roofer and Officer Martin Call Another 7/11 on Tellularphone.com
- ↑ Telemarketer Revenge 27: Assult of the verification company on YouTube
- ↑ 100 Sub Special on YouTube
- ↑ Special Vengence 5: Pay your bills *not* (part the first) on YouTube
- ↑ The gay florist calls a gas station on YouTube
- ↑ Collection Call Gang-Up 2 on YouTube
- ↑ Florist Frustration 2 on YouTube
- ↑ Prank Call Spree 16 on YouTube
- ↑ Florist Frustration 3 on YouTube
- ↑ The Florist Calls a Eunuch on YouTube
- ↑ Gay Florist Will Bust Your Head 15 Times on YouTube