Beef to the church for selling tea lights for $1 each. They used to be 25 cents. You buy the tea lights 50 for $1.25. (The News Bulletin)

Beefs & Bouquets, June 15

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BOUQUET To bus drivers. I dropped off my son for an orthodontist appointment and returned to work and was to take the bus home. He left his wallet (with his bus pass in it) in my car. He told the driver, who let him ride home.

BEEF To the man walking his daughter to school along Hammond Bay Road stepping out into traffic, waving frantically and trying to touch my truck. Yes, pedestrians have the right of way and people should stop for them, but should I slam on my brakes, throw my own kids forward in the vehicle and risk causing an accident for the people behind me to stop for you when I am too close to the crosswalk to stop safely?

BOUQUET To Dr. Paul Mitenko for standing up for the safety of your patients. Your patients and the community are behind you 100 per cent.

BEEF To the church for selling tea lights for $1 each. They used to be 25 cents. You buy the tea lights 50 for $1.25.

BOUQUET To the polite people who actually use manners in retail stores when inquiring about product location. It’s so refreshing to know some people were brought up well.

BEEF To the individual who believes that what happens in the U.S. stays in the U.S. Remilitarization and the catastrophic consequences of climate change affect the entire planet. As for business, the Trump family has enough money. Buy Canadian.

BOUQUET To Scott Rose from Rose Home Improvements. Thank you for your efficient and professional job. Our deck and fence look amazing and we valued your advice.

BEEF To the society for taking credit for 150 years. Kindly note the Nanaimo Empire Days Society put on the Victoria Day holiday weekend for all for 147 years.

BOUQUET To Tony and the staff of Alberni Automatic Transmission in Nanaimo, for their honest and old fashioned excellent customer care.

BEEF To anyone serving seniors at restaurants. Don’t assume they can’t hear and speak for themselves, ignore them, or speak to another person for them. They’re human, too.

BOUQUET To the talented local performers who amazed one and all at the Fiddelium concert. I was moved to tears by the power of your music. Best concert I’ve seen at the Port in many years.

BEEF To those who were willing to spend millions for an events centre that only a few would use, but don’t want to provide a park that would benefit everyone.

BOUQUET To Taylor who volunteers her time and expertise at the Disability Resource Centre, teaching computer skills to seniors and disabled persons. She is an incredible young woman.

BEEF During the U.S. presidential election, the Republicans in government swore they’d impeach Hillary Clinton if she won. Now, it looks possible that they may just have to impeach their own candidate.

BOUQUET To Flesh Auto-Truck Electric. They were able to squeeze me in, fix the problem right away and at a fraction of the price of the competition.

BEEF To the driver of a white Honda Civic with an ‘N’ on the back who was driving erratically and made a dangerous U-turn. Too bad Nanaimo’s finest didn’t get a glimpse of that.

BOUQUET Thanks to the RCMP officer who came to help when I had a flat tire on Brechin. Also my appreciation to the Mid-Island Towing driver who made sure the car was safe at the tire store and waited till my ride came.

BEEF To the airport shuttle. We set up and confirmed return service from Nanaimo to Victoria for a cruise from Seattle. Called on return travel for pickup and we were told that we were not on their list for that day. Very dissatisfactory service for a business. This was very costly to us.

BOUQUET To the wonderful woman who saw a fire at our business on Barons Road and used a fire extinguisher to put it out and called the fire department as well. We would like to thank you in person if we get the chance and give you a hug for saving our business from what could have been a real disaster. Thank you.

BEEF To all those dog owners who scoop their dog poop in the poop bag and leave it on the walking trails or throw it up on a branch or sticks it in a space in a fence.Why bother with the bag?

BOUQUET To Kim, an incredible, kind, compassionate bus driver who went the extra mile to get a senior to Tim Hortons.

BEEF To the beefer who beefs about people who exercise their right in a democratic country to express their dislike of global businesses. But thinks it’s perfectly OK to speak for citizens of countries around the world.

BOUQUET A bouquet to the person who returned my cat’s gravestone the day my beef showed up. I’m very thankful you put it back.

BEEF To all the women who refuse to sit on a public toilet: if you are so certain the toilet seat is so contaminated that you can’t sit on it, how about either cleaning the seat before you sit down or clean up after yourself if you’ve stood up to do your business?

BOUQUET Congratulations to Mrs. Pakulak and students at Coal Tyee Elementary School for the beautiful effect and display at the world trade show.

BEEF To the driver of the black Range Rover with Alberta plates driving over 100 kilometres per hour on Metral Drive.

BOUQUET To Fred Masales, sales manager, at Save-on-Foods in Country Club, who was happy to allow volunteers to raise money for the MS Society and Nanaimo’s local MS group. The public was very generous and over $800 was raised.

BEEF To the city for not providing enough police officers to properly enforce the law. The crime rate and reckless driving in this city is appalling, not to mention cell phone use by drivers.

BOUQUET To all who voted to send the attorney-general packing. Maybe we can get someone qualified now.

BEEF To the byelection candidates for complaining about the current city council.

BOUQUET A big thank you and God bless to the woman who stopped and helped to light the scene of my car breakdown that dark night on the the Duke Point Highway. And was kind enough to take the time to follow my crippled car back into town. Good to see brave people still caring for one another on the road of life.

BEEF To self-entitled groups that expect everything and remind people of the way things used to be. Those days are over.

BOUQUET To our optometrist, Dr. Adam Reid. He was compassionate, thorough, and extremely knowledgeable. He took time to allay fears and answer my many questions. He diagnosed a serious issue that a previous doctor had missed.

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