Beef to the woman at the supermarket for opening multiple bags of grapes and sampling out of each bag. Not only were you eating unwashed fruit, but you were also stealing. Maybe you should have shopped elsewhere if you wanted free samples.

Beefs & Bouquets, April 1

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BOUQUET To the man who stopped his car on Fitzwilliam Street so he could get out to help an older lady in a wheelchair cross the road.

BEEF To the new development proposed for downtown Nanaimo. There’s a reason why people live here and it’s not because we like traffic, pollution and concrete density.

BOUQUET To Jake and all his ’80s hairstyle spirit. Keep your spirits to the sky.

BEEF Not one word was said about the outrageous overnight 20-cent increase at gas stations last month. The media needs to investigate and editorialize this.

BOUQUET To each and every nurse, doctor, care aid, food service, and housekeeping worker I encountered during my recent stay in NRGH. Your professionalism, loving and compassionate care are incredible and they bring tears of joy to my eyes. Thank you.

BEEF To the business employee for the comment that made me feel bad for not giving my e-mail address to save money on my next purchase. My e-mail is not your business and I choose not to have advertisements sent to it.

BOUQUET To Hub City Paving for providing protective eyewear to the hospital during this COVID-19. PPE is hard to come by and their donations have been greatly appreciated.

BEEF To those dog owners who let their dogs do their business on sidewalks. Please pick up after your pooch.

BOUQUET To the person who beefed about dogs at Buttertubs Marsh. Buttertubs is a wildlife conservation area and in addition to birds on the trail there can be otters, beaver, deer and mink. Dogs and wildlife don’t mix and there are plenty of other dog friendly trails available to dog walkers. Please obey the signs and take your pooch elsewhere.

BEEF To the woman in the SUV over by Beban Park who yelled at me to watch where I was walking. The last time I checked crosswalks and yield signs were there for more than just decoration.

BOUQUET To Mid-Island Co-op for their grant to KidSport Nanaimo. Many kids will be able to play a sport this year thanks to your generous contribution of $3,000.

BEEF To the angry receptionist at the clinic. You work with ill children and their stressed parents. You have built a reputation in the community as harsh and entitled, and making clinical decisions for the pediatricians before they know about it. Parents are intimidated to deal with you, and this is a barrier to children’s care. Please consider a career change.

BOUQUET To Apple Glass in general, and Candy in particular, who provided outstanding customer service when I needed a new windshield. I would not go anywhere else for glass service.

BEEF Nanaimo transit, you really need to do a better job concerning cleanliness. The dust along the windows, dirty windows and floors. It is happening too often; not pleasant.

BOUQUET A huge thank you to the Nanaimo Lions Club for their second generous donation to the local Nanaimo volunteers of Spud Patrol. We are so appreciative of their support.

BEEF To the morning men at the gym. It’s clear now that it’s a clubhouse for bullies, not a public space. Making fun of form? Pointing? Calling people names? Singling people out for what? Being under 50? Shame on you. Grow up.

BOUQUET To the accountants at Joseph Lea and Associates. Everything was fast and efficient, and great people skills. Also very reasonably priced.

BEEF To the young driver of the government truck who displayed a very poor example of driving skills. In a five-minute span the driver never used a signal turning onto the parkway, sped past the speed limit sign and then tailgated a car past Jingle Pot Road.

BOUQUET To Dr. M. Edwards and her technician Nicole, who were able to come to my house (on very short notice) to put my sweet little Daisy out of her pain. They were both so gentle, caring and respectful and made saying goodbye a lot less traumatic for both my pet and I. I can’t thank you enough for what you did for us. We are so very lucky to have you both.

BEEF To the woman at the supermarket for opening multiple bags of grapes and sampling out of each bag. Not only were you eating unwashed fruit, but you were also stealing. Maybe you should have shopped elsewhere if you wanted free samples.

BOUQUET To the staff at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. I have been a regular patron for years and just wanted to acknowledge you all for the consistently warm and friendly welcome offered every time.

BEEF To seniors at the gym for their derogatory comments towards the younger generation who come to use the facility. Belittling someone is the worst form of bullying. Maybe you should take the time to become informed about the younger generation and their movement against bullying.

BOUQUET To the sprightly young woman who now delivers our News Bulletin. Good on you!

BEEF While you are not required to signal when you are entering a roundabout, you are required to do so when you are about to leave. Just like with almost all other changes of vehicular direction, signalling is required and helps avoid collisions and improves traffic flow.

BOUQUET To the staff of NRGH first floor, you made my stay there comfortable and you made me feel very safe and well cared for, thank you for doing such an amazing job.

BEEF To the beefers about the dog on Cedar Road. While being tied up on the run is not ideal, the dog does not appear to be abused or neglected. Very hypocritical that people are so worried about this dog instead of the ones running around the streets of Cedar.

BOUQUET To the lovely lady who paid for my chai latte at Chapters Starbucks when I couldn’t find my card. It had been a bad/sad week for me and her kindness made all the difference. Many thanks. I will pay it forward.

BEEF I’m just in a fog how no one reacts to the gas price gouging going on here. Gas in Vancouver was $1.13 while $1.30 here. They pay a 17-cent transit tax which we don’t pay. What’s with the big difference? I call it gouging.

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