Beefs & Bouquets, June 4

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BOUQUET To Nanaimo people who appreciate tidiness and cleanliness.  Nanaimo North Town Centre’s parking lot is immaculate. Thank you Dev and staff for doing such a great job.

BEEF To all the disrespectful cyclists who ride their bikes along the seawall. Every single cyclist needs to dismount when going over the foot bridge. I’ve seen seniors and other pedestrians bullied and yelled at to get out of the way by cyclists.

BOUQUET To Barton Leier Gallery on Chapel Street. I was shopping for a present for my mom, but having a very bad day, when the shopkeeper saw me looking at some rings. “People having rough days get rings” he said, and he let me pick one out. This may have seemed like a very small gesture to him, but to me in that moment, it was the world.

BEEF To bullies. They are not the superior beings they would have us believe. In fact, they are inferior. The only way they can feel good about themselves is by putting down others.

BOUQUET To Jessi, our server at ABC Restaurant North. A hard worker, pleasant and very attentive.

BEEF To the golf course. You lock out your staff for over one month and won’t enter negotiations.

BOUQUET To Dr. Chris Collins and nurse Elaine Clark for their free education workshops at Beban Park. It was informative and presented in a way everyone could understand. Thank you to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation for sponsoring it.

BEEF To the taxman. Instead of taxing the working poor to death, go tax the mega rich people a lot more.

BOUQUET To two of Nanaimo’s finest RCMP officers who gave an old couple a very big break and a ride to our destination. Hats off to all of you – you make our world a safer place.

BEEF To the hotel proponents who are asking for a purchase option extension. You have already had a bite of the apple.

BOUQUET To the Shaw guy in the white truck and the man in the black car who stopped to see if I was OK when my van broke down. It’s scary being stranded on the side of the highway with two young kids. I truly appreciate it.

BEEF To the hardware store manager for not offering to help me with three bags of concrete. BOUQUET To the City of Nanaimo worker for helping.

BEEF To the man at the organic foods retailer who, when I was called next up to the cashier, ran ahead of me to beat me to the register. I was holding a crying baby and toting a two year old. On top of that your wife hadn’t even finished shopping and we had to wait for her.

BOUQUET To Warren and Tyler at Westshore Electric. Not only did they start work extra early in the morning to accommodate our store hours, but also helped me with a computer problem.

BEEF To all the drivers who do not remove their ball hitches when not towing a trailer, when driving and parking around the city. B.C. should do like Manitoba who fine drivers who do not remove the hitches when not in use.

BEEF To the children who pushed over a greenhouse, destroying mostly everything inside. And to the parents who don’t  supervise their children and let them destroy other people’s property.

BOUQUET To Cedar Tire. They were extremely busy but they made me feel very important and fixed my car in the parking lot as all the bays were busy. I found out later that it was one of the owners that did the repair on my tire.

BEEF To B.C. Ferries and the competition to name their new vessels. If you don’t read all the rules and regulations very carefully and you submit more than one entry, you are disqualified.

BOUQUET To Dan Rae at National Car Sales. Twice I’ve had the best car buying experience ever. Dan exceeded my previous experience with customer service that was way above the call of duty. Hats off to an honest car salesperson who truly stands behind his word.

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