Beef to the hair dresser. Shame on you for not updating your hairdressing skills. After being shown a picture and doing the exact opposite, leaving my son’s spirit crushed. We had to buy him a new hat. (The News Bulletin)

Beefs & Bouquets, March 30

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BOUQUET To the kind lady who turned in my husband’s lost wallet at the Mary Ellen Drive McDonald’s. We are on a fixed income so appreciate your honesty.

BEEF To the utility company for wanting to charge, or do nothing, to stop repeated known intrusive calls to homeowners. This is a criminal act.

BOUQUET To Costco staff and fellow diners for being so kind and concerned when our little girl fell from the seat and knocked her head. It’s wonderful how much people care.

BEEF To the new COD brokerage fee to parcels delivered from the U.S.A. The fee amounts to more than half the purchase price of the item and must be paid to the courier van driver on the spot.

BOUQUET To the couple who stopped to help us get our Jeep out of the snow on Gilfillan Road. You stayed and helped until we were clear despite getting soaked and covered in snow from my spinning tires while you pushed.

BEEF To all the anti-Trump protesters. Not only are your protests fuelled by outright lies and misconceptions, but you also want to boycott products and the prime minister of Canada’s closest ally. Take time to actually listen to Donald Trump and stop relying on skewed perceptions.

BOUQUET To the generous and talented Tidesmen Quartet Nanaimo who delighted four seniors with a wonderful harmonious song on Valentine’s Day at Tim Hortons in Parksville.

BEEF To people who stride into coffee shops, scoop up all the newspapers and proceed to use the newspapers as placemats and tablecloths. Can these types only read if the medium is on their personal device?

BOUQUET To Ross, our neighbor, who cleared our driveway twice during the snowy weather with his snow blower. We really appreciate it.

BEEF To the people of Nanaimo who complain about myopic minutiae. I had a cruel note left on my car because I mistakenly parked in a handicapped space. Really? And complaints about dog poop? Only an insular, spoiled population would concern themselves with such things. Have a look at the real world.

BOUQUET To Adriano, Matt, Tony and Troy the awesome men of Rock City Road who cleared our driveways and sidewalks during our snow season. We have the best neighbours in the 3100 block and are so grateful for your help.

BEEF To the man and woman in the black pickup truck dumping their filthy mattresses on 10th Street. I would like you to come collect it. I have photos of you, your truck and your licence plate. Please do the right thing.

BOUQUET To the young lady who helped me up after a fall near the barber shop.

BEEF To the hair dresser. Shame on you for not updating your hairdressing skills. After being shown a picture and doing the exact opposite, leaving my son’s spirit crushed. We had to buy him a new hat. And to top it off, insisting we pay.

BOUQUET To Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln for its random act of kindness in December.They replaced all my wiper blades at no charge. I had great pleasure passing it on.

BEEF To grocery store shoppers who leave their carts in the middle of an aisle while they go looking for stuff, forcing others to move the cart in order to get by.

BOUQUET To Dr. Andrew Layton and his team at North Ridge Village Dental. The whole team is always warm, welcoming and professional. I experienced generosity in several forms when I had a repair done to a tooth and donations of dental products for Equador.

BEEF To the weather channel for giving two-week forecasts when they can’t even correctly forecast two days.

BOUQUET To the young lady pushing the shopping cart back to mall. I saw a shopping cart nearby and quickly followed her lead. She arrived first and smiled and said she had started a trend.

BEEF To the cashier and customer who felt it necessary to have a long conversation while I waited behind. Can’t wait till robots take your job and make my life easier.

BOUQUET To Van Isle Septic. They deserve it for the smiling, swift service they provided. My septic alarm went off. Technician Kyle found the reason and fixed it. He was so pleasant as was their receptionist gal.

BEEF To the leader of a group of students visiting the fire station. Please plan your route before you board the bus. You spent 10 minutes discussing the route with the driver, making people late for work and missing other bus connections.

BOUQUET To my grandson, Lucas. You saw Grandma’s car was badly in need of repair and willingly spent a lot of hours fixing the problem. Your parents should be proud.

BEEF To the beefer of supervised injection sites, from someone in health care. Please put your beliefs aside and look at the facts on how much they save us in long-term health care costs.

BOUQUET To Emily Mah at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns for her generous donation to the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Peter’s Catholic Women’s League.

BEEF To the powers that be for raising the price at the pumps again. Does the greed never end?

BOUQUET To the young teacher from the Lower Minland for buying my coffee after saying, “ladies first” in a lineup.

BEEF To springing ahead again. Why do we keep changing our clocks? Would North America drop off the map if we stayed on standard time? What is the advantage?

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