Beefs & Bouquets, March 26

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BOUQUET To Lesley and Kevin at Steve Marshall Ford. Outstanding service from appointment to driving away. This is how service should be done.

BEEF To the beefer. I know there are a lot of white vehicles but the newspaper didn’t mention it was a model of sport-utility vehicle which is meant for the mud.

BOUQUET To my direct supervisors that are still showing a work ethic and leading their team through example in this joke of a ‘wind down.’

BEEF To the patron who hollered profanities at the Terminal Park McDonald’s employee. You have no idea how fortunate you are that you didn’t address your filthy mouth toward me. You kiss your mother with that mouth?

BOUQUET To the female employee at the McDonald’s restaurant in Terminal Park. Even though a patron hollered profanities at you when you were on your break, you responded professionally and with a smile to address her concern.

BEEF To those men who murdered our precious trees at Beaufort Centre. They were our shade and now we’ll scorch for the summer. Did you really have to go that far to give the medical centre a good view?

BOUQUET To Dallas O. at Nanaimo Toyota. The purple xD is a riot. There are not enough thank yous for your continued dedication, honesty, service and your amazing staff.

BEEF To the person who criticized the military museum. I bought a plaque for my uncle who served and I have no idea what rank he was. More than 100,000 Canadians died fighting in two wars and not all of them were generals or admirals.

BOUQUET To Scottie G. at Nanaimo Toyota.  One hundred per cent-plus attitude, ability, support, perception and going oh so much more than ‘the extra mile.’

BEEF To the two dog walkers on Dover Bay playing fields. One tried to hide her poop bag behind a goal until she was caught by a students arriving for PE class. There was still a ‘surprise’ which one student stepped in.

BOUQUET To the young people playing tennis and disc golf in the pouring rain at Bowen Park on Wednesday.  It was so nice to see true West Coasters enjoying the outdoors and taking advantage of this wonderful park.

BEEF To the religious group that does not understand the meaning of the word ‘solicit.’  Part of the definition is “to seek to influence or incite to action.” Isn’t this what you are doing when you knock on doors and leave unwanted pamphlets?

BOUQUET To Maranne at the Bowen Pottery Studio. She truly goes above and beyond to make all her classes enjoyable for the participants. I will definitely be signing up again in the fall.

BEEF To trucks driving around with 10 four-inch chrome spikes projecting from the front wheels. A person slipping and falling against these weapons could cause serious injury not to mention the mayhem they will cause in a collision.

BOUQUET To Jennifer at Step Ahead Shoes at Woodgrove Centre. Thank you for your patience and help in finding me just the right shoes.

BEEF To city and transit for doing so little to keep bus stop areas clean – unacceptable to see so much litter at some of them.

BOUQUET For the donation of 12 dozen fresh eggs to Georgia Avenue Community School. Very much appreciated by our breakfast and lunch programs.

BEEF To the person saying that the military museum is undermining military personnel by not including their rank on the Wall of Honour. In death all soldiers are equal.

BOUQUET To Buckerfields for generously providing my unexpected foster puppy Magnum with puppy food.

BEEF I still see so many people texting while driving or texting while at a red light. Fine them heftily. I lived for 50 years quite well without having to text anyone. So, why the ‘need?’

BOUQUET To our lovely neighbours, Cathy and Douglas, who are always there for everyone else. You make Nanaimo a more beautiful place to live.

BEEF To the city for promoting the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrating the Irish with their sordid past (think IRA terrorists and snake slaughtering) is just not on. Next year, perhaps we should just have ‘a day of celebration of your choice.’

BOUQUET To Bernice at Genesis Hair Studio for the absolutely fabulous job you did on my wife’s hair. I can’t stop looking at it — it’s stunning.

BEEF To Forest Park Elementary School parents crossing busy Bowen Road after school with their youngsters instead of teaching them to safely use crosswalks. One wrong slip and there will be a bad accident.

BOUQUET To Kevin and staff at Thrifty’s in Longwood Station for reuniting me with my lost cellphone. Your cheerful smiles and outstanding service are why we keep coming back.

BEEF To movie theatres for having the sound up so loud it hurts your ears. I don’t go to the movies much because of this. It would be interesting to measure the decibels of all those explosions, gunfire, music and car crashes.

BOUQUET To John and the crew at John’s Bedroom Barn on Bowen Road. A local business that really knows the true meaning of customer service.

BOUQUET To whoever found my scarf and tied it to the post at the entrance to Westwood Lake from Arbot Road. It just made my day to find it waiting for me.

BOUQUET To Brian Rampanen of Brian’s Painting. He painted our condo and did a perfect job, finishing while we were on holiday. Honest and professional.

BOUQUET To Dog n Suds for providing much-needed socialization at their daycare for Magnum my foster puppy.

BOUQUET To Davey Tree for helping rescue a kitty from a tree after more than 36 hours in the Rosstown area when no one else tried to help him. Very much appreciated.

BOUQUET To the staff and customers at Shaw Cable who helped my husband when he collapsed there. That was so kind.

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