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February 14, 2012

San Francisco Residents Get Free Valentine's Day Chocolates from Postmates


It’s Valentine’s Day. You have nothing for your significant other. Florists are sold out and stores are ransacked. The good news, if you live in San Francisco, is that you still have hope. You can download the Postmates app and get a free box of chocolates delivered via courier to your sweetheart. Even the app is free to download.

Postmates, Inc. co-founders Bastian Lehmann and Sam Street started Postmates, Inc., as a way to connect people in cities with couriers and bike messengers. Postmates users can send anything from a birthday card to a refrigerator in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, California. As co-founder Lehmann states on his Google (News - Alert) Plus profile, “I have no respect for the status quo.”

Getting started with the app requires a quick download from the iTunes store; the app is not yet available for Android (News - Alert) devices. After downloading the app, users set up a free account. Then, they can request pickups and deliveries of items within their cities. Users simply list the addresses for picking up and delivering their items. They enter a description of the item and a photo, if desired, and then they schedule a delivery time.

Postmates promises two-hour delivery in San Francisco and four-hour delivery in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. The first 250 people to respond to their Valentine’s Day ad will be eligible for the free chocolates. Postmates advertised the offer multiple times via Twitter (News - Alert).

All items delivered by Postmates couriers that are worth up to $150 are insured. The company charges no extra fees for the service, and they ask no questions about items being delivered. Couriers or bike messengers who are interested in signing up for the service can click a button on the Postmates website. The company recently celebrated its 1,000th delivery in the Bay area.

So now that your gift is covered, what can you do about last minute date ideas? U.S. News & World Report suggests going on a beach stroll, visiting an art exhibit or having a movie night. If you need to procrastinate further, then make it worthwhile for your date by planning a weekend full of adventures like an in-house massage, breakfast in bed and stargazing at night. Sometimes, romance isn’t about what you spend. It’s really all in the presentation.


Jacqueline Lee is a TMCnet contributor who produces web content, blogs and articles for numerous websites including wikiHow.com. Her background is in business and education.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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