Beef to the real estate agent who brings clients to my home just to point out all the features you don’t like. Know your clients and sell the house or don’t even bother wasting everyone’s time. I clean my house up for you to show and you show no respect for our listing.

Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 17

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BOUQUET To all helpers after an accident on the Nanaimo Parkway in late August. We were side-swiped by a truck during a test drive. Hugs to the Parksville couple who let us rest in their car while waiting for the ambulance ride to the hospital. So lucky to walk away with only minor injuries.

BEEF To the lady who sits on her patio and indignantly complains, comments, gripes and goes on and on about everything and nothing to all the other unemployed renters in the building as they congregate on her fence. You’ve been asked nicely to keep your voice down.

BOUQUET To Vince at Moto-tech Automotive. Thank you for getting my daughter’s car in and doing the brakes in such a short time. We really do appreciate you. Sorry we had to rush you. She made her ferry reservation with a minute to spare. We will be back.

BEEF To the incessantly noisy neighbours on Ross Road. You have turned a once pleasantly quiet area into an obnoxious entertainment zone. If you insist on hosting get-togethers all of the time, please consider going inside.

BOUQUET Thanks to Spice of Life Catering in Lantzville, Triple T Party Rentals, and Columbia Bakery for their contributions to the Nanaimo White Rapids swim club’s spaghetti dinner. We appreciate your community involvement and could not have had such a successful event without your help.

BEEF To the barbershop that changes its price every time I come in for a haircut and then just pockets the money. We pay taxes, why don’t you?

BOUQUET To Rob of Suck It Up Carpet Cleaning. A guest spilled nail polish on my light grey carpet and Rob was able to remove it completely. He’s also done other carpet cleaning for me and I’ve been very happy with it.

BEEF To the beefer regarding the Drag Queen Storytime beef. This is grossly inappropriate for children. Do what you want, but leave our kids to their innocence.

BOUQUET To my young lady with the red curly hair who comes to my place and leaves it shining you have made a senior very happy. God bless you, you are the best.

BEEF To the person who called and ordered pizza two minutes before close on a Saturday night. We all want to go home.

BOUQUET Thanks to Cynthia, mall security. I’d lost my daughter, received poor customer service at two stores, but was rewarded by Cynthia going above and beyond. My daughter announced that she was not lost – her mother was.

BEEF To the owner of the apartment building in Departure Bay with the large dangerous maple tree for not accepting my offer to at least have it topped. Feeling threatened.

BOUQUET To Shawn at PetSmart. A most courteous and helpful young man, who took the time to find exactly what we needed, at a very reasonable price. Thank you so much for your kindness.

BEEF To VIHA for not enforcing its no smoking policy at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Patients and visitors are subjected to a smoking pit outside the main entrance of the hospital and lit cigarettes are being tossed into dry grassy areas.

BOUQUET To our neighbour Blake who has been most helpful.

BEEF To people who leave their children unattended in shopping carts. They should be seated and the safely straps should be used. Hearing a child’s head landing on a cement floor is something you never forget. Does another law need to be passed because of irresponsible grown-ups?

BOUQUET To Shelly at Crystal Clean Laundromat. I took a down-filled comforter to her that had stains. I wasn’t sure if I’d have to throw it out but Shelly made it like new again. Great, well-run place.

BEEF To all drivers who are still talking on their cell phones while driving – three in a row through the construction zone on Hammond Bay in a five-minute time span. Put the phone down and keep the safety of others on the road top of mind.

BOUQUET To Vivian the property manager at Tiffany Garden Apartments. You offered support, encouraging words, sincere heartfelt compassion and bridged avenues of solution to me during a scary and seriously stressful time.

BEEF To City of Nanaimo for closing off the only access between Rock City Rd and Uplands. I guess you have set a precedence for every neighbourhood to want their roads exclusive and create more traffic congestion for others.

BOUQUET To everyone taking the time to write a gratitude bouquet for the newspaper, it takes effort to express thanks, complaining is easy.

BEEF To the real estate agent who brings clients to my home just to point out all the features you don’t like. Know your clients and sell the house or don’t even bother wasting everyone’s time. I clean my house up for you to show and you show no respect for our listing.

BOUQUET To Becky and Paul of Coastal Energy for their timely aid in helping me with my application for a rebate from Fortis on my new furnace and A/C units which they installed and which I am very happy with. The application was quite technical and I couldn’t have done it on my own.

BEEF My husband and I just retired and moved to Nanaimo. We absolutely love it here except it is impossible to get a family doctor. It is a shame our health services are stretched so thin. Why can’t more doctors be recruited to work in this beautiful part of the world?

BOUQUET Thanks to the gentleman in Thrifty’s parking lot who found my purse which I had carelessly left in the shopping buggy and went to the trouble of leaving it with Port Place security. Both you and the cashier at checkout No. 6 were very kind and helpful.

BEEF To law enforcement for allowing a drug den to operate freely on Wesley Street. After driving to the dead end I thought I was on another planet.

BOUQUET To three wonderful strapping young men who graciously stopped by to help two seniors move three heavy pots on Townsite Road. Your parents must be very proud. Please stop again for tea and cookies.

BEEF Beban Park dog park is ignored until there is a complaint. I’m talking about things that should be considered regular maintenance. The weeds in the small park are high again. A senior fell in those weeds while picking up after her dog. She couldn’t see the uneven ground for the weeds. Fortunately, she wasn’t seriously injured.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo North Town Centre and Island Joe who provided free ice cream to kids every Friday in August. This sweet treat was enjoyed by all. Thank you.

BEEF To the Nanaimo RCMP constable. My neighbour threatened to beat my son with a baseball bat after my son was practising batting. The constable said they just want to be left alone.

BOUQUET To the woman who helped my young grandson by the Co-op. He was very upset and crying because he had dropped his money. Not only did she stop and comfort him, she gave him some money so he could get his slushy. Thank you very much.

BEEF To the city for not providing an adequate number of garbage cans on the E&N trail. The garbage in the ditch and grass edge is an embarrassment.

BOUQUET To Fourth Street Panago for outstanding customer service. My vegan pizza had very sparse cheese and not only did you offer to send a new one and credit my account, you also called later to apologize again and thank me for letting you know.

BEEF To the Nanaimo cab driver who tried to run me over while I was in the middle of the crosswalk on Church Street and to the cab company for knowing they have an aggressive driver and allow him to continue to drive that way.

BOUQUET To the staff at Craftsman Collision for amazing service. Thank you to all the staff, especially Alex who helped me install my car seats and then fixed my burnt-out brake light. The body work and interior cleaning was superb.

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