Beef to people who think hot water should be free at a coffee shop or restaurant. It is not only a cup of hot water. The business pays for that water, for the hydro to heat it, for the staff to serve you, for the cup it comes in and, finally, the business pays the rental on the building. Nothing about that cup of hot water is free for the business, why should it be free for you?

Beef to people who think hot water should be free at a coffee shop or restaurant. It is not only a cup of hot water. The business pays for that water, for the hydro to heat it, for the staff to serve you, for the cup it comes in and, finally, the business pays the rental on the building. Nothing about that cup of hot water is free for the business, why should it be free for you?

Beefs & Bouquets, April 27

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BOUQUET Gratitude to Sylvia M. at CIBC in Parksville from this emotional woman who was expecting a Visa. Kudos also to Francesca and head office. What a team; very impressed.

BEEF To the real estate agent. Stop harassing your neighbours and making them move away. I think it’s time you grew up. I won’t be using you to sell my house.

BOUQUET To the Canadian heroes who continue to draw attention to the government’s illogical violation of rights. Keep flying those flags.

BEEF To the rude elderly woman at the off-leash dog park. If you don’t understand what puppy play looks or sounds like you should not be at the off-leash dog park cussing other pet owners out. Pet owners bring their dogs to the off-leash park to run and play.

BOUQUET To a great neighbour Lori A. whose typing skills and encouragement I could not have done without. She made a rather daunting typing task so much easier and I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and generosity of time. One in a million for sure.

BEEF To the neighbour who burns garbage and plastic in his fireplace. Don’t you know that you’re polluting the neighbourhood with toxic fumes when you burn plastic? No one here wants to smell your bad habit. Clean up your act.

BOUQUET To Kumar and the rest of the staff of Quality Foods in Harewood who came to my rescue when I fell at the checkout. They phoned for an ambulance, phoned my daughter, put my unpaid groceries in the cooler and kept me comfortable until the paramedics arrived. One staff member even took off her sweater to put under my head. Wonderful staff in a wonderful store. Thank you.

BEEF The correct noun to use when describing the noisemakers and flag-waving disrupters is anarchist. The meaning of the word precisely defines their ambitions.

BOUQUET To Western Edge Theatre, the cast and crew, and the creative geniuses for an extraordinary accomplishment in putting together the greatest stage play ever to grace the city of Nanaimo – The Cult Of Brother 12. They raised the bar for all other groups to follow. That production can proudly stand right there with any off-Broadway play in New York City. Congratulations to every one of you.

BEEF To people who believe in the environmental benefits of the carbon tax. Is the air you breathe noticeably cleaner? Did Prime Minister Trudeau travel to Europe on a sailboat?

BOUQUET To my wonderful boss Shawna at Bowen Co-op who’s retiring. I’d like to personally thank you for being the best boss I’ve had, and we’re all going to miss you. You’ve always had our backs and you’re super supportive to each and every one of us. You care so much about your staff and customers and the community will miss you greatly.

BEEF To whoever left their extreme-right propaganda in my small business. We do not tolerate hatred, and I disposed of it as soon as I caught it. Don’t insult us by mistaking us as people who’d be cool with it.

BOUQUET To the sky crane operator on Rutherford Road. My grandchildren waved to you from the sidewalk and you waved back. They were thrilled you noticed them so far below. They talk about it every day.

BEEF To the protesters still protesting the mandates put in place to protect us all from a global pandemic. You are selfish to be protesting health measures put in place to protect the most vulnerable.

BOUQUET To all the nurses, doctors and staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. When I had surgery to replace my hip, from the time I entered the hospital I was so appreciative of the care I received including the nurses on the sixth floor. Thank you.

BEEF I came to Nanaimo 12 years ago and my how much has changed. What happened to this town? I never thought East Hastings would come here but alas it’s all over but the crying.

BOUQUET To MP Lisa Marie Barron’s staff. Canada Revenue Agency made a mistake with my mother’s money after she passed away. After waiting two years for the promised return of the money the MPs staff had it sorted out and the money returned in less than a month.

BEEF To the woman walking on the trail. As I was jogging behind you I said “on your left” and what do you do? Move to the left. I’m moving faster than you and it’s more difficult for me to stop. You were zig zagging all over the trail. Pick a side. Common trail etiquette doesn’t exist anymore I guess.

BOUQUET To the man whose needle phobia had him vomiting at the immunization site. He bravely faced his COVID-19 shot through intense fear. If he can do it, anyone can man up and do their part for our country’s health.

BEEF To a car dealership whose sales people are repeatedly calling and harassing my mother. She is not interested in selling you her used minivan. She has told you no six times already. Find a new strategy to procure vehicles to sell, rather than harass your former customers.

BOUQUET The spring flower beds at Maffeo Sutton Park are glorious. Thank you to city gardeners.

BEEF To the person at the rental car business. Every time we receive a call for parts you request, our employees are terrified that it’s you on the other line. They don’t need you to ruin their day. Our hearts go out to those who work with you.

BOUQUET To my angels Frankie, Bodil and Christine for helping my husband Zoli and me on Stewart Avenue when he fell. He’s OK thanks to you ladies. Thanks to firefighters Justin, Jason, Travis and Luke and Const. Thomson for your quick and great work.

BEEF Christmas is long over, the lights are always something to look forward to but not when they are left up long after it’s over, too much work to take them down? It just looks tacky now.

BOUQUET To B.C. Ferries staff. They jump-started my car at the Horseshoe Bay terminal and saved the last spot for me on the full ferry. Great customer service.

BEEF To the thief who slashed the security guard’s arm for trying to do his job of stopping theft at a thrift store.

BEEF To the beef pinpointing a local business and for what gain? The mural is not anti-vax, nor are the owners. You should check the values you stand for before you start welcoming the slander of local businesses and artists.

BEEF To the person complaining about anti-Trudeau banners. They are trying to spread awareness so our country isn’t ruined by the current federal government. Please think of the children, who will have no choice but to live a life without rights or freedoms is this continues.

BEEF The city council’s expensive measures to fight climate change must stop. They are bankrupting the people of Nanaimo as well as our city. We need more natural gas hookups, not fewer.

BEEF To the constant phone scammers and those who do nothing to stop them. Are there no jails and hard labour any more? May they swiftly get caught and end up behind bars with all other thieves and robbers. Not on our phones, or streets, causing misery to others.

BEEF To Nanaimo council. Ban natural gas hookups? What about banning the stinking and polluting wood-burning stoves? Something that can be done now and makes sense.

BEEF To the driver who tried to wedge in to park on Seafield Crescent. You just cost me $300 for the scrape that you left on my front bumper. You left no calling card. Karma is around the corner.

BEEF To the protest group that literally can’t see the forest from the trees that they’re trying to save. Your cause is noble, but your methods are not. Only enough signatures to put a referendum on the ballot will force lawful change, not the annoying disruptions that you are causing.

BEEF To the person who drinks a particular brand of vodka soda and throws his cans all over Panorama View Drive. Bouquet to the lady who saw me struggling to gather them up while walking my dog and gave me a bag. Thanks, neighbour.

BEEF To the freedom crowd. If you insist on flying the Canadian flag on 2x4s you have bolted to your truck, have some respect and replace it when it goes to tatters. The flag should not look like a shark took a bite out of it.

BEEF To those beefers beefing about comparative suffering. Just because another nation has it worse, does that mean we can’t fight for better conditions in our own? That is like telling someone who was assaulted not to complain because they could have been killed. Quit lowering the bar on standards in Canada, just because there is different suffering elsewhere.

BEEF To the owners and staff at the business oblivious to the fact that to a 25-year-old chemo patient who has lost her hair, they aren’t just selling hairpieces, they are selling self-confidence, a feeling or normalcy (at an outrageous price no less) to someone who has gone through hell and back. After placing an order, the communication stopped, and when inquiries were made the staff replied rudely, and unempathetically.

BEEF To everyone who thinks citing the Ukraine war and how lucky we are to be Canadian gives them moral superiority. Where do you think it all starts? You allow a government to have enough power, eventually they start looking outward.

BEEF To the progressive left for ruining our country. We now live in a cold, heartless, confused and crime-ridden apocalypse.

BEEF To all Nanaimo drivers of extra noisy ‘souped-up’ cars and bikes. You are yesterday’s show-offs, and you don’t know it yet. EVs and fuel prices are leaving you choking in your own fumes. I’d almost feel sorry for you, if you weren’t so annoying.

BEEF To the federal government. Promising to build houses without facing the reality of a massive shortage of skilled tradespeople fits perfectly with your house of “sunny ways.”

BEEF To the business. I spent $10 on four bagels, but when I cut into them they had the texture and density of common hamburger buns. What would Paul Hollywood think?

BEEF To all the professional drivers who refuse to follow the 30-kilometre-per-hour speed limit on Metral during the construction phase. The speed limit applies to everyone, not just a select few.

BEEF It’s ridiculous that the store is not contributing to its own food drive. The store will benefit as people are buying from their stores in support of this initiative. Let’s see a match to all donations, at the very least.

BEEF To people who walk in groups of two or more at Westwood Lake. You can move to single file to let others pass instead of making others stand off to the side as you walk past.

BEEF To people who think hot water should be free at a coffee shop or restaurant. It is not only a cup of hot water. The business pays for that water, for the hydro to heat it, for the staff to serve you, for the cup it comes in and, finally, the business pays the rental on the building. Nothing about that cup of hot water is free for the business, why should it be free for you?

BEEF To the beefer about waiting in ER at the hospital. Nurses work an 8-12-hour shift. Overtime is rarely used, only if they are short-staffed. Doctors are not paid for overtime. Patients are prioritized depending on their problem.

BEEF To the person whining about rubber on the road. Have you ever done a burnout or a doughnut? It’s really fun. I work in a collision repair shop and have never once worked on a car as a result of people doing burnouts or doughnuts. My truck has no dents and I’m going to go and do a burnout right now.

BEEF I guess the person complaining about people helping Ukraine and its people doesn’t have grandparents or family from there. I do.

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