Beef. I had a 20-minute appointment with the dentist for four small fillings. The bill came to $991. This works out to over $40 per minute.

Beefs & Bouquets, May 16

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BOUQUET To Mid-Island Towing for such a prompt response when asked if it was possible to have a fifth-wheel 35-foot trailer hauled at the last minute, and especially to Tyson who did such a superb job, even making the long backup on the driveway look easy. He was so pleasant and obliging.

BEEF To all the people who can’t properly place a Vancouver Island sticker on their vehicle. Look at a map before you place it. Please, for your sake and mine.

BOUQUET To the dentist who did a little extra work fixing two cracked teeth that weren’t in the original estimate. Cheers.

BEEF To the shady-looking characters loitering around our downtown mall, shoplifting, eyeballing parked vehicles, smoking in exit doorways. I feel for the local businesses trying to make an honest living down there, unfortunately my visits are going to be very limited going forward.

BOUQUET To Ken B. for writing to the paper about a rail line from Courtenay to Victoria. As a younger person in Nanaimo, I would love the reliability a train system offers instead of having to drive or catch the bus. Let’s hope this becomes a reality soon.

BEEF To the employment centre. Bad enough they closed the better location, but when I went to the new location I was told my card was no good and I had to fill in some new info that would take at least 30 minutes. People want a job, and the government won’t allow access to resources.

BOUQUET To the two young women who found the cellphone I had dropped on Fourth Street and waited while I returned to collect it. Thank you.

BEEF To the parents of the girl they allowed to rip out all the trilliums at Englishmen River falls. Shameful!

BOUQUET To the children’s counsellors at Haven Society. The work you do presenting to children in schools is powerful and so needed. Our community is lucky to have you.

BEEF To Canada Post for putting old flyers in mailboxes. Come on, do it right.

BOUQUET To Margaret, the best mother a son could ask for.

BEEF To all the irresponsible pet owners who let their dogs out first thing in the morning to do their business on neighbours’ lawns instead of walking them on a leash and picking up after them.

BOUQUET To all the parents, grandparents, teachers (and their assistants) and caregivers who take care of and help take care of children with autism. Thank you for being so patient, caring and loving. You all do such great, wonderful and heartfelt work.

BEEF To the old man and his dog on an extending leash at Cameron Island, letting him run to the end, barking uncontrollably as we pass by is a jerk move. Control your dog.

BOUQUET To Budget Glass on the old Island Highway. I look forward to reading your funny new signs every morning on my way to work. Success for making me laugh out loud every morning by myself before 8 a.m. – tough job to do.

BEEF To the person who suggested knocking instead of beefing to the loud music house on Colbourne Drive. The knock knock did not work prior to posting this. Grandparents are left without sleep.

BOUQUET To Matt, a technician with Shaw Cable, for the exceptional service he gave to fix a problem at our residence. Very much appreciated.

BEEF To whoever stunk out the opening show of Avengers with the nasty body odours. Please, shower and use some deodorant next time.

BOUQUET To Avonlea Dental Clinic – especially Dr. Quinn, receptionist Tara, and the dental technicians who have been so professional, exceptional and patient-oriented. Thank you for all the effort, time and knowledge you invested in giving me my smile back.

BEEF To the guy who shot out of a parking spot at the back of the big box store in front of my oncoming vehicle then waited while I had to back up because he couldn’t navigate his big truck. Where I come from it is considered rude to pull out in front of someone.

BOUQUET Eric with Bell at Country Club Centre is very helpful, courteous and kind. Thanks!

BEEF to whoever put a left turn signal on Hwy. 19 south at Lantzville Road. Before we would wait for the big breaks in northbound traffic and easily turn left, now we watch as the traffic passes and there are no cars approaching, still we wait, then the next batch of traffic approaches and is stopped by the light. Why fix what wasn’t broken?

BOUQUET To the ladies auxiliary of Branch 257 in Lantzville for a wonderful evening at ‘Ladies’ Night Out.’ The meal was delicious. Also, kudos to the merchants who donated some great prizes. Thank you for a fun evening.

BEEF I had a 20-minute appointment with the dentist for four small fillings. The bill came to $991.This works out to over $40 per minute. How can this be legal or ethical? I will let my teeth fall out before I ever go to another dentist. I am 66 years old and on a fixed income.

BOUQUET To Karl Yu, a reporter for the Nanaimo News Bulletin, for doing an excellent story and all your research, on a young girl with autism who self-harms. Hopefully they get enough donations and the dog will help her.

BEEF To the student on Douglas Avenue. Your landlord doesn’t allow smoking on the property so you smoke on the street. You leave the street strewn with your butts. This is littering.

BOUQUET To the virtual reality arcade on Bowen Road. My son and his friends won’t stop talking about his birthday party and I look like the coolest mom for it. So much fun.

BOUQUET To the passers-by who helped me when my dog got attacked by another dog and I got injured as well. Thank you to the person who called the ambulance and to the one who called the police.

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