Beef to the little grey-haired woman at the grocery store who tried to steal a cart full of groceries from my friend, also a senior. As fate would have it, she caught you red-handed in the parking lot.

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 8

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BOUQUET To all those who slowed down on Memorial Drive for a mama deer and two very tiny young fawns running along the side of the road, trying to get to cover. Beefs to the jerks who just roared through. Take a closer look when you see flashing lights and stopped traffic.

BEEF To all pet owners who walk their dogs along the B.C. Hydro line trail behind the campground. Such a beautiful trail for hiking to bad it is being overrun by irresponsible dog owners who let the dogs run off-leash and cannot pick up the dog feces. Totally disgusting; you are overwhelmed by the smell and sight.

BOUQUET To Allan B. and Jeanine at Pacific Denture Clinic on Departure Bay Road. The product they build together is truly an art in itself. My confidence in this industry was truly restored.

BEEF To the tenant on Prideaux Street who thought it was acceptable to have a live band in your back garden.

BOUQUET To the News Bulletin for wrapping the newspaper in a rainbow flag during Pride Week in Nanaimo.

BEEF To the boat owners who insisted on viewing the July 1 bathtub circuit race up close. By situating your boats in the centre of the race circuit, you ensured that the view of the on-shore spectators would be inconsiderately hampered.

BOUQUET To the RCMP officer who came to our house at night to have a chat with our son. RCMP get an unjustified bad rap in town, but the service provided was/is well appreciated.

BEEF To the person driving a silver Mazda SUV down Terminal Avenue. I was doing 70 in a 60 zone. You kept on my bumper and finally passed me in the right hand lane; giving me the finger and hanging out your window yelling. I was making a left turn ergo why I was in that lane.

BOUQUET To Guy of Island Pacific Realty and his team of volunteers, for organizing the recent golf tournament fundraiser at Cottonwood Golf Course. Almost $10,000 was raised to support the VIU Mariners hockey team and fun was had by all.

BEEF To the little grey-haired woman at the grocery store, who tried to steal a cart full of groceries from my friend, also a senior. As fate would have it, she caught you red-handed in the parking lot.

BOUQUET I can’t thank Bill from Shaw Cable enough for his kindness in helping two tech-illiterate seniors connect our wifi-dependent phones, TV, etc. Bill went out of his way to help us. It’s outstanding employees like him that make Shaw the best.

BEEF To all the panhandlers on every meridian at every intersection. You are a safety hazard running through traffic and intimidating people. It’s illegal. I see RCMP everywhere with speed traps. Is all the crime solved?

BOUQUET Many thanks to the kind strangers who stopped by the Townsite Road address and commented on our renovations of this formerly derelict house. Your compliments were appreciated very much and motivated us to further our restoration. Thank you again; you are the best.

BEEF To dog owners walking their dogs off-leash at Piper’s Lagoon, which is a sensitive area for birds. Two off-leash dogs also charged my toddler there. We have dogs too but we respect wildlife and other people.

BOUQUET Thank you to the Nanaimo RCMP for responding within 15 minutes to the loud live band on Prideaux Street.

BEEF To the ‘bro’ onstage introducing the band at Departure Bay on Canada Day. Many families with children were there on the beach to hear your profane rant.

BOUQUET Thank you to the city construction crew upgrading the water supply on 14th Street. Very professional, fast, courteous crew that works diligently at reducing the impact of all their work with the machines and keeping us safe in the process.

BEEF To the parents of a hurt jogger. We heard cries in the Mount Benson forest, and I cut through the bush to find a teenager with a gash on her knee. At 58 years of age, I gave the young girl a piggyback ride down the trails. A quick text to confirm she was OK and to say thank you after their hospital visit would have been nice.

BOUQUET To the clerk at the Departure Bay 7-Eleven for standing strong while enforcing the corporate ‘cigarette ID check’ in the face of angry customers.

BEEF To the lady in the silver VW dropping off your kids at Pleasant Valley then driving off while texting with your phone on your lap. Beef to the rest of you for speeding in the school zone. Why are you exempt from doing 30km/h?

BOUQUET To Melissa for your amazing trigger point massage skills. A session with you is such a treat and besides, you are such a positive, uplifting person. Thank you.

BEEF To a neighbour who held an amplified concert in their yard. Perhaps rent a venue next time.

BOUQUET To Olivia at north Nanaimo Connect Hearing. She treats her clients with respect and helps her clients achieve the best options for their hearing needs. Thank you so much for what you do for others.

BEEF To the marine agency. I suggest you take a boating course. You were not in control of your vessel and rammed my boat putting my passenger and my life in jeopardy. Was it really worth it?

BOUQUET To all those who remembered to sing the new lyrics of O Canada on July 1. Second line is now “In all of us command” – no more sons!

BEEF To the bullies and all their followers who set out to hurt and harm and cause mayhem.

BOUQUET l was shopping at Walmart and as l passed the associates on the floor, they would greet you with either a hello or a smile. lt lifted up my spirits after having a tough time with strata business. l felt like a somebody again. l really appreciated that.

BEEF to City of Nanaimo, the developer and the shopping centre for operating automatic sprinklers during a water emergency. Dufferin Crescent area has green lawns.

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