Beef to the eatery in the downtown Nanaimo area. I asked the woman behind the counter if I could please have my dressing on the side of my salad as I had special dietary needs – only to be told absolutely not. She told me to bring my own lunch next time.

Beefs & Bouquets, March 7

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BOUQUET To Caroline, owner of Lilybelle Locks. She was kind and professional assisting my wife in choosing a new hairpiece to help her through chemotherapy. When shearing day arrived, she stayed open late and wouldn’t accept payment for her kindness.

BEEF To the mayor and councillors voting in favour of a tax increase to potentially fund the Port Theatre expansion. We’re taxed enough already. Have the private sector or arts community fund it if they want it that bad.

BOUQUET Altrusa’s annual Christmas Swag fundraiser, with proceeds going to women and children in need, was once again a great success. Special thanks to Green Thumb Garden Centre which generously provided Altrusa the greenhouse space to gather and assemble the swag. We couldn’t do it without you.

BEEF To the contractor and construction crew for working past the city construction noise bylaw curfew and continuing (hammering, drilling, sawing, etc.) until 11:15 p.m. when the RCMP ordered them to stop. This was a blatant disregard for city rules and the neighbourhood residents.

BOUQUET I would like to give a huge thank you to Paul J. at Barron’s Appliances for being very professional and having patience in our dealings with subpar customer support from a major manufacturer.

BEEF to the homeowner on Churchill Avenue. The bright LED coloured strobe lights are a danger to drivers and a nuisance to nearby homes. I don’t live in the area, but was shocked at the impact these lights have.

BOUQUET To the truckers honking out their respect on the highway for the beautiful young boy, Linden Baglo, who died riding his bicycle in an accident. It sounded amazing. A life gone too soon.

BEEF To Canada Post. The price of service went up and delivery is a hit and miss. Canada Post tells me that there is no guarantee of mail delivery service. There seems to be a guarantee of your paychecks only. Leave your business in the hands of private industry.

BOUQUET To my son Dylan who turned eight, you are a great kid with a huge smile and you make mom and dad very proud. Happy birthday; we love you lots.

BEEF To the eatery in the downtown Nanaimo area. I asked the woman behind the counter if I could please have my dressing on the side of my salad as I had special dietary needs – only to be told absolutely not. I felt bullied by her and the cook as they both raised their voices at me. She then told me to bring my own lunch next time.

BOUQUET To Dana of London Drugs North Town Centre for organizing such a wonderfully successful Christmas tree gift tag event for our local seniors. She is Nanaimo’s Christmas angel.

BEEF To the medical clinic for closing. My hubby is right in the middle of a diagnosis. We called to do a follow up from an X-ray and you are closed permanently. The doctors have moved and there’s no phone number to make an appointment. What kind of a way is that to treat patients?

BOUQUET I’d like to shout out to Turley’s Florist. I needed three flowers for a horticulture course I’m taking. The good folks at Turley’s gave me the flowers for free (because they were to be pulled apart anyway so they gave me last week’s stock).

BEEF Last year everyone in Nanaimo received new garbage/recycling/food waste containers. They were purchased with wheels on them so they could be easily taken out to the street curbs on collection days. Some people just leave them out on the street at all times. Instructions on how they are to be used should have included taking them off the street curbs on days that collection does not take place, if this in fact was the city’s plan.

BOUQUET To Daniel and Todd at Great Canadian Oil Change. This shop completely took responsibility in having my car repaired after my engine blew. I can’t thank you enough for your kindness and integrity with this matter. Also for the rental car. Your shop is the best!

BEEF To the longtime receptionist at the dental clinic. Always goes out of her way to be exceptionally rude each time I have visited since 2011. I will be switching offices soon solely due to her rudeness.

BOUQUET To the truckers who blasted Nicol Street and the south end to honour Linden Baglo and his family. Even the engines in the waterfront freight yards were honking.

BEEF C’mon people, use your turn signals every time that you change direction of any kind, and also, always have your lights on. Too many people are driving with just their running lights and your car can’t be seen when it’s dark.

BOUQUET To the writer of the letter ‘Respect ferry etiquette.’ Literally we are all in the same boat. Happy sailing!

BEEF To the signs in the gym saying ‘guys are annoying.’ This is a put down to men and if they said that about any other gender the world would stop.

BOUQUET To Barb at Chase River Rexall post office for being so efficient, kind and helpful. Barb is really sharp about what’s needed and will always help me make the best, most cost-effective choices for sending my parcels.

BOUQUET To wonderful Amber at Nanaimo’s new La-Z-Boy for her five-star customer service. Your amazing product knowledge, effort and humorous collaboration with my wife and I in selecting the best recliner for our needs has restored our faith in salespeople. We will recommend you.

BOUQUET To John of Nanaimo Computer for restoring a laptop so that it could be donated to kids with special needs. You helped take a bad experience and turn it into a positive one.

BOUQUET To the lady with the grey Honda SUV in Bowen Park for helping me get my car started after my battery died. Many thanks for saving my day.

BOUQUET To all single parents doing their best to raise their children while working to pay bills. This includes stay-at-home parents and foster parents. Keep up the good work, you’re doing great.

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