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.
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.
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.
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.”
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