Beef to the construction crew and insufficient flagging staff outside the elementary school. Shame on the flagger yelling at drivers while children are in their vehicles.

Beefs & Bouquets, May 24

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BOUQUET To Nanaimo Area Land Trust for its ongoing efforts to protect our natural environment.

BEEF To the construction crew and insufficient flagging staff outside the elementary school. Shameful that you couldn’t stop blocking traffic for 10 minutes on either side of the school bell creating a dangerous situation for parents dropping off their children. And shame on the flagger yelling at drivers while children are in their vehicles.

BOUQUET To the store owners who continue to use both metric and imperial units. For us older people, it is helpful for a lot of us. For those who want to use only metric, it’s there for you, why worry about those who prefer the other? It’s really no big deal.

BEEF So now the personals section is gone from Craigslist. The rants and raves section went limp nearly a year ago.

BOUQUET To the wondrous registered care aides in casuals. Under Island Health, home and community care despatches workers to aid.

BEEF To the drivers who speed past Cilaire Elementary every day. Just because it’s a main road doesn’t mean it’s not a school zone. Big high fives to all of Cilaire’s students demonstrating excellent street smarts when crossing the road making sure everyone stays safe.

BOUQUET To the staff at Nanaimo Bakery. They returned my cloth shopping bag which I had left in the bakery a week earlier. Talk about customer service.

BEEF To the government for imposing the 20-per cent foreign buyers’ tax.The construction industry In Nanaimo puts food in a lot of mouths and this new tax is making builders hesitant to start projects.

BOUQUET To Home Hardware employees Tim, Jared and Nora-Lee who went out of their way to provide superlative customer service to a grateful senior who claims this is her favourite hardware store in the city.

BEEF To the downtown eatery – please clean and repair your space. The washroom faucet has been broken for at least two years as is the paper towel dispenser. The place looks as tired as its servers. A lick of paint, a few repairs, polished-looking staff and Nanaimo will be proud of your establishment again.

BOUQUET To B.C. Parks for banning dogs from beautiful Joffre Lake’s trails.

BEEF It seems lots of Lower Mainland folks are cross-border shopping cheap gas along with milk and cheese, with no penalty. I guess we aren’t concerned about Canadian refineries or farmers. Yet another blunder by the folks who sold us that pig in a poke, NAFTA deal.

BOUQUET To Kelsie at Spinners for the excellent customer service. When there wasn’t the right size shoe for my daughter, she told me she would call when they came in and she did. She was awesome.

BEEF It’s just great that stores are reducing the use of plastic bags but have you noticed that manufacturers of products like fruit, and frozen things are increasing the use of plastics – all with Ziploc tops, which the recycle depots won’t accept.

BOUQUET To Sharon at Peoples Jewellers in Woodgrove Centre for excellent customer service. You went above and beyond to help me and I appreciate it so much.

BEEF To all drivers who speed through construction zones, who are rude to and swear at and flip the bird at traffic control people. Shame on you.

BOUQUET To the employee of the Canadian Tire auto centre for helping us out of a sticky situation even though the shop was slammed busy. Without him, we’d have been screwed.

BEEF To the person responsible for taking the gnome home I lovingly crafted and put on display in Neck Point Park. I put it there to share with all who enjoy them. Just because it wasn’t screwed to the tree does not mean it’s yours to take.

BOUQUET To John at Craftsman Collision. You managed to make a stressful situation for our daughter a pleasant one. Thank you so much for your professionalism and kindness.

BEEF To the B.C. Ferry Corporation for making customers wait on hold for an hour and a half to reserve a wheelchair. This is horrible customer service.

BOUQUET To Barry C. of Just Dentures for giving up two days of work to rescue me after an unexpected accident. He bandaged my wounds, drove me to urgent care, cooked my meals, got me groceries and helped in so many unselfish ways.

BEEF To the Nanaimo senior citizens who drive around town in their luxury vehicles flaunting their wealth while at the same time slamming millenials for being too lazy to afford today’s overpriced real estate. The wealth inequality between young and old has never been more apparent.

BOUQUET To Breanna, who started the Cordan Street Neighbourhood Facebook page. What an awesome way to build a community.

BEEF To the city for forcing developers to put in beautifully landscaped, divided boulevards on roads and requiring builders to landscape in front of new homes, then the city does nothing to maintain these areas, allowing them to go to seed.

BOUQUET To the management and staff at the Old City Station Pub. Our fundraiser was truly a success thanks to their friendly, fast and experienced staff. The food was good and it was served promptly and with a smile. Kudos to all.

BEEF To managers of businesses who conduct personal interviews in coffee shops. The public do not want to hear all the details of peoples’ lives. Use an office for this purpose.

BOUQUET to all the nursing staff at NRGH, from the moment I arrived at ER after falling and fracturing my femur and all who looked after me before and after surgery. An amazing group of people. Nothing was too much trouble for them Special thanks to Karen, Jacqie, Armarjit, Onez and Theresa.

BOUQUET To the person who took my son’s badminton racquet to the lost and found at Oliver Woods. Much appreciated.

BOUQUET To all of the people who were without mothers on Mother’s Day weekend, physically or emotionally. I hope you’re doing OK, and you’re not alone.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo Tidesmen for giving us tickets to their Christmas concert. A health emergency meant we were unable to attend their a capella festival.

BOUQUET To the Jingle Pot Pub for not using Styrofoam take out trays, thank you.

BOUQUET To Laurel at Home Hardware, Brooks Landing. She was so patient and helpful as we tried to decide on lawn chairs. She provided excellent customer service. We’ll shop there again.

BOUQUET To management and owners of North Ridge Fitness Centre and V.I. Fitness Centre. Thank you for the many years providing a place for residents of Nanaimo to work out and for fitness professionals to practise their craft.

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