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Realtors Sent This Man A Really Inappropriate Card After His Wife's Death

The realtors asked the widower to call them for "real estate needs" after his wife's sudden passing.

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A man in Vancouver still grieving the sudden death of his wife got the worst sympathy card ever from two real estate agents offering to sell his house.

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"So sorry to hear of your wife's passing," the note to Ted Smith reads. "Please let us know if we can help in any way with your real estate needs when the time is right. Thanks."

Smith's daughter Launi Bowie shared the note on Facebook, calling the two real estate agents "ambulance chasing vultures" for trying to drum up business less than three weeks after her mother's death.

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In addition to the card, the realtors had also included business cards.

"Absolutely disgusting and misguided in the worst way," Bowie wrote on her page.

"On what planet does someone think this is ethical or even remotely acceptable???"

Bowie's mother Audrey died in mid-July at age 72. She said the family is still reeling from the sudden loss, especially her father who just lost his partner of five decades.

“I get that it’s a frenzied atmosphere in the [Vancouver] real estate market but there’s got to be a point where you go, OK, but I’m not going to go that low,” she told CTV News.

“I want other realtors out there to think really hard about what you’re doing and when you’re doing it and why you’re doing it.”

BuzzFeed News reached out to Bowie for comment.

The realtors, Linda Shaver and Leanne de Souza, have since apologized for the offensive gesture.

They said they had met the 73-year-old father while out canvassing the neighbourhood. That's when they learned of his wife's recent passing.

Shaver told the Vancouver Sun they sent the sympathy card as part of their routine follow-up after meeting homeowners.

“What I learned is I’ll never put another business card in a sympathy card," she said. "We regret that we’ve caused further pain for the family.”

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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