Beefs and Bouquets for April 9

NANAIMO – Send your beefs or bouquets to

BOUQUET To John at Staples Brooks Landing’s computer department. He very quickly unfroze my laptop on a day that wasn’t going well for me – you made my day much better.

BEEF I wish the new buses would quit jerking when you are trying to get off. I have weak legs and although I wait until the bus stops to stand up, when the bus jerks strongly I lose my balance and nearly fall down.

BOUQUET To the kids from Forest Park Elementary School. Thank you for the toys and treats you donated at Beban dog park.

BEEF St. Patrick is turning in his grave at the condemnation of that glorious land of saints and scholars. Oh, the wit, charm and hospitality, the ability to rise again in the face of famine and war: Erin go Bragh!

BOUQUET To Lisa Jory for saving her neighbor’s life last week.

BEEF To the cashier. Your life is not worth $15 of meat. You should call the manager.

BOUQUET To the 84-year-old gentleman who constantly picks up litter on the train path and the highway between Canadian Tire and downtown. The city should present him with an award for beautifying our city.

BEEF To the city for its notice of intention to provide assistance to the Port Theatre Society. It’s not only arts and culture welfare but also not right for taxpayers to continue to fund non-essential services.

BOUQUET To the photographers who donated their time to Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre De-stigmatizing Disabilities campaign: Doug Bell, Mark Corbett, Matt Tinney, David Konst, Rob Bagshaw, Rachael Kirk and Keri Deileman.

BEEF To the chicken littles who continually waste time and our money on the Colliery dams. Move on to more important problems like solving this economic recession.

BOUQUET To Telford and his two furry companions who rescued, and drove home, two seniors who were left without transportation after an incident with their vehicle. You are the best.

BEEF To Transportation Minister Todd Stone. The $2.5-billion transportation plan not only raises the question where did he get that kind of money – especially when the economy is a fracking mess – but also why at this particular time.

BOUQUET To all the enduring and dedicated volunteers at the Hospice Shop over the past seven years. The recent change there was long overdue, but is justified and welcomed.

BEEF To a neighbour who planted a tree that has blocked the sun from shining on my garden.

BOUQUET To the Superstore shopper who returned the forgotten $100 cash I had taken out of the self-serve checkouts as cash back. As a student working two jobs I’m incredibly grateful for your honesty.

BEEF To the cable company. I tried to get Internet, home phone and cable at my residence and twice the company didn’t show up to hook up my services. Five representatives all told a different story.

BOUQUET To Barsby football team. I purchased bags of manure and because of health issues asked to have delivered to my home. A driver and two of the team showed up during a very wet afternoon and carried the bags to my back yard.

BEEF To the insensitive writer beefing about “tantrum-throwing children.” Maybe you could have a little more compassion for these parents as I’m positive they are stressed and embarrassed. It makes it that much harder when people like you are staring and judging.

BOUQUET To Frankie’s Modern Diner for the great food and excellent service.

BEEF To the guy in the noisy white with red lettering roofing company truck. You almost hit me while using your phone while driving.

BOUQUET To Ingeborg at the Elizabeth Arden counter at the Bay. She took the time to assist my wife with her make-up needs and found the most affordable options for her.

BEEF To the hair salon that told me that there were no other salons in the mall. I walked to the other side of the mall and found two. I went into Trade Secret and got a fabulous haircut.

BOUQUET to the unintentionally hilarious people who were using the empty aisles in the liquidating store as change rooms. Those black bubbles on the ceilings are cameras and you gave our security guy and head office quite a show.

BEEF To small dog owners who feel that their dogs don’t need proper training. Twice I’ve been bitten by out-of-control, off-leash dogs in Linley Valley.

BOUQUET To the young man working at Tim Hortons in Chase River for coming to the assistance of a senior couple when they had a flat tire. Not only did he let them use his phone to call their daughter, but he also changed the tire as well.

BEEF To a carpet cleaning company for not delivering on your promise of removing stains. Still there after it dried up – no wonder it did not take you long to do a lousy job.

BOUQUET To Klare at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens for excellent, honest advice and patience explaining the contract to me.

BEEF To the insurance company for wasting two weeks of my time. Next time maybe proofread documents before sending them out. The customer service between the agent and supervisor was absolutely horrible. I went to Rutherford Hub International and was in and out in a half hour.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo Foodshare for providing the salad bar and baked potato luncheon for Bayview Elementary School.

BOUQUET To Varenka who is more than a yoga instructor. Her calmness, patience and attention to individual needs is outstanding. Love the chimes, wave breathing track and quotes to inspire.

BOUQUET to Carman Fine Cars in Lantzville. Super happy and wowed by their level of mechanical service and going above and beyond attitude fixing my 2003 Corvette that had been draining power and killing my battery yearly.

BOUQUET To our wonderful tenants who rent the other side of our duplex. We appreciate you so much. You are like family.

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