Beef to the restaurant. I called to place a takeout order, but to my surprise, I was told I wouldn’t be able to place an order because they had two big parties. Since when is a restaurant willing to turn down the easier form of a customer?

Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 12

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BOUQUET To the staff at the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Thank you for your smiles. Thank you for your good cheer. Thank you for the valuable services you provide throughout the year.

BEEF The handicap parking spot is so narrow at the plaza that you can’t get a wheelchair to the ramp when a car is there. Asked for months to fix it but ignored.

BOUQUET To Paula from the News Bulletin for looking after us so well. We like the service you are giving us.

BEEF To the occupants of the Townsite Road home. Dozens and dozens of garage sale signs all over town still up for over a month.

BOUQUET To Selena at Cottonwood Stables. You are an excellent coach and have taught me a lot. Parker is an amazing horse.

BEEF To tailgaters. You should not be on the road. It’s a form of bullying. You’re a danger to others and should be ticketed.

BOUQUET To Deb and Bill and committee for putting on a fabulous annual block party. Having a ‘Canada 150’ theme was so appropriate. Lots of food, games, trivia and wheelbarrow decorating was exceptional.

BEEF to cat lovers. Preferring cats over dogs is inherently classist, seeing as cats contribute nothing to society. Not all of us have the luxury of having a pet that sits around and does nothing.

BOUQUET To Heather. Your generous and unsolicited donation to our sponsorship group has served to motivate and inspire us during a busy year of fundraising.

BEEF To the Trump basher who now claims that Trump cannot control the members of his party. That is not uncommon for some Republicans to vote their wishes and that of their constituents. Unlike the Democrats who know that if they do not follow their leader and act like trained seals Pelosi would have them expelled.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo News Bulletin staff for delivering my paper a couple of times on their own before regular delivery started. That was above and beyond and greatly appreciated.

BEEF To the city for allowing an injection site near downtown. We the neighbours have to put up with their yelling, trespassing and garbage. They really have made it unpleasant so put it in an industrial area.

BOUQUET To poor Americans, who can’t catch a break. Two hurricanes in a row then that blowhard Bannon on 60 Minutes. Demonstrable climate change followed by a denier. Alternate reality found a home, the alt right.

BEEF To the supermarket for not supporting the Nanaimo Senior Carving club at their 23rd annual carving show. You are the only food store in Nanaimo not supporting this venture. Let’s not forget that our age group buy all their food to eat at home instead of eating out and we all vote with our feet.

BOUQUET To Joe the off-duty paramedic who helped my husband who fell on Metral Drive, even drove him back to me.

BEEF To the restaurant. I called to place a takeout order, but to my surprise, I was told I wouldn’t be able to place an order because they had two big parties. Since when is a restaurant willing to turn down the easier form of a customer? I still haven’t received a response from my complaint.

BOUQUET To staff at the Nicol Street Dairy Queen, who handled a crushing load of 10 cars and a lineup of eight people with professionalism and grace. I felt such empathy for her and the other hard workers who did their best to get the food orders out as quickly as possible.

BOUQUET There was only one taxi at Tsawwassen ferry terminal and it was taken. I banged on the trunk and asked the driver to call. A lady and daughter asked if I wanted a ride. Took me all the way home.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo bottle depot on Hayes Road for giving out water bottles in the hot summer. Much appreciated. The older lady that works there is a really great employee. Keep up the good work.

BOUQUET To Corey, a young man who works at the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, for your incredible assistance given to me, a senior, in taking many items from my car and depositing them in their appropriate bins. Your warm personality and kindness were exemplary.

BOUQUET If you see a fireman, give them a hug. If you see any of ‘Nanaimo’s finest,’ give them a hug for all they have to endure.

BOUQUET To Diane at Shopper’s Drug Mart. You truly know how to treat your customers first-class. That was one of the nicest surprises I’ve had in a very long time, and I thank you.

BOUQUET To Hirendra, a salesman in the furniture department at Sears at Nanaimo North Town Centre, who went out of his way to solve a problem I was having. Sears is lucky to have such an awesome employee.

BOUQUET To the young couple who found my lost gold wedding ring, in four feet of water in Nanaimo River, and had the decency to post an on craigslist instead of keeping it orselling it. Alyse and Luke, you two are such good people and have restored my faith in humanity again.

BOUQUET To John at Nanaimo Computers for consistently providing such excellent service. He can always fix my problems promptly. Nanaimo’s best-kept computer-repair secret.

BOUQUET To Dr. Davies at Caledonia Clinic. You eased my apprehension and made my visit a pleasant experience. Your kindness and bedside manner are exemplary.

BOUQUET To Rob. Thank you so much for giving us a helping hand last week. The elderly gentleman kept on saying, ‘what a nice guy that Rob guy was.’ I am sure you are missed in the nursing profession and what an asset you would have been.

BOUQUET To the following businesses for making our Not Back to School picnic a huge success: Nanaimo Museum, Pattie’s Party Palace, Kool and Child, Nanaimo Parks and Recreation, Wellspring Yoga Studio, Real Canadian Superstore, Country Grocer – Dufferin, Cob’s Bread – Terminal Park, Splitsville bowling, NS3, VIRL – Wellington, Romper Room, and Classic Home Improvements.

BOUQUET To the three great guys at Jordans Rugs on Rutherford, namely Shawn, Bruce and Bill. To each of you, a big thank you. It was a pleasure doing business with you.

BOUQUET To Bill at B.C. Ferries for helping us out later in the evening recently. We had a wonderful holiday but without your intervention it would not have started well at all. Very much appreciated.

BOUQUET To Dwelling Place Seniors Care Facility. They took in our father with no waiting list for respite or long-term care. He was treated to good food, music, entertainment and full complex care. The staff really cared about him, got to know him and treated him like family. Things that a large facility can’t do.

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