Beefs & Bouquets, July 9

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BOUQUET To the fire departments and rescue teams of Nanaimo. You saved our street in horrible conditions and we are thankful. A big thank you to our own local hero that prevented an unspeakable tragedy from occurring.

BEEF To golfers who consider playing golf more important than respecting locked-out workers trying to earn a living wage.

BOUQUET To A&B alternators and starters for fixing my alternator in just a few hours for a very low price. You guys always fix me up when I need it. I’ll never go anywhere else.

BEEF To the staff and owner at the hotel for washing the outside of the building and leaving a large-volume hose with no shutoff to completely soak the street.

BOUQUET Recently received awesome service from a young man named Paul at Canadian Tire.

BEEF To the four councillors who vote yes to nearly everything without questioning.

BOUQUET For going above and beyond  by Fred at Canadian Tire for helping me find a weight for my umbrella stand. I will be back and I will tell everyone about the great customer service.

BEEF To the lazy, thoughtless people who abuse the paper and cardboard recycle bins at Woodgrove. Take your styrofoam, plastic, glass and metal to the proper facilities or we could lose this valuable service.

BOUQUET To the honest person who found my Marcasite watch in the Canadian Tire parking lot and gave it to the lost and found. You sure made my day.

BEEF To the lady on Sherwood Drive who is still feeding the deer and disregarding regulations.

BOUQUET To Ted at customer service at Home Hardware at Brooks Landing. He is skilled and very willing to help customers.

BEEF To the tree service that started making a big racket on Departure Bay Road at 7 a.m. on Canada Day, contravening noise bylaws. Before the RCMP shut it down we were pretty much awake.

BOUQUET To Barb at Classic Appliances. Happy retirement and thanks for your great service during the past 10 years.

BEEF To the transit driver who, when asked if her bus stopped very near Quality Foods on Turner Road, stated it stopped right. This bus stopped two blocks from the store, necessitating my wife to walk up hill in the ferocious heat. bouquet To the store clerk who called a cab and had my wife sit down when she saw she was overwhelmed.

BOUQUET To the person who turned my lost cellphone in to the customer service desk at Save-On-Foods at Country Club.

BEEF To a coffee shop franchise for not putting automatic doors for disabled when you just did renovations.

BOUQUET To captains Dick, Rick, Bob, Dean, Gary and Jay, and Mary, of the former Nanaimo Harbour Ferry. Thanks for nine years of excellent ferry service to Newcastle Island – always well-organized, affordable, friendly and fun.

BEEF To the woman on the seawall who was incredibly rude to me on Canada Day. I said sorry for accidentally bumping your arm, but you were at fault for stopping suddenly.

BOUQUET For all the street banners in Nanaimo. They are an additional colour scene for summer

BEEF To all those people who use wood-burning fireplaces in their backyard. I have to close my bedroom windows when you burn or my house smells like wood smoke.  So much for fresh air at night.

BOUQUET To Fern at the Bride’s Closet. You came in on your day off to make sure I had my wedding dress when I needed it. You truly made my day.

BEEF To the local moving company that took advantage of two young women, who did more of the move, and tried to change the price on arrival. Damaged so much of the furniture and banged up walls in a new suite. BOUQUET To the third guy who showed up to help. Without him I’d probably have been there another five hours.

BOUQUET To Long Lake Chateau for their barbecue lunch and antique car show on Canada Day. It was lovely to eat a special meal with our ‘grandmother’ on the holiday.

BEEF To the thieves who stole bushes from of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nanaimo. Have you no respect for your neighbours or a church?

BOUQUET To all the volunteers, neighbours, firefighters, pilots, spotters and aircraft who fought the fire on Cedar Road. A huge thank you for all you did and for all you do.

BEEF I understand so many people coming to look at what was left after the major fire on Wakesiah Avenue, but who stands on the edge of it with a cigarette in hand, just after it has been put out by fire fighters, with dead grass all around?

BOUQUET Thank you to all the volunteers of the Community Lunch Program at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Your dedication is much appreciated by all.

BEEF To the dog owners neighbouring Rotary Park in Lantzville for letting their dogs roam and use the playground and field as their toilet.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo Theatre Group for their 10 awards in connection with their play Bus Stop at the recent Theatre B.C.’s North Island Zone Festival.

BOUQUET To Lana, Melody and Katie of Hearing Life Canada in Woodgrove Centre for all their extra efforts and patience dealing with a major hearing concern in our household.

BOUQUET To orthodontist Dr. David Alexis and his staff on Bowen Road who kindly and quickly repaired my daughter’s dental work. We are on holiday here and he is not our regular orthodontist.

BOUQUET To the Mount Benson Ceili Band for entertaining us with their awesome Celtic music in Cedar on July 1.

BOUQUET To Jim at Intell Alarms. The men installing a new door couldn’t get the alarm reconnected. Jim made the time to come right over.

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