Beef to the man who opened his door and back door on his work truck then proceeded to pee in the middle of the parking lot in the afternoon. I could slam you and your company as both names were on the truck.

Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 3

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BOUQUET To Ben at Jysk for solving my nightstand problem and being so pleasant. Thank you.

BEEF To the person(s) who vandalized the bench at the dog park on St. George Street.

BOUQUET I certainly have my beefs with the City of Nanaimo, probably more than most people. But those wonderful men and women I’ve dealt with at public works are not just exceptions, they are heroes in my book. Thank you for going above and beyond the services you provide.

BEEF To all the hospital employees who park on all the residential streets around the hospital, especially Crescent View Drive. You are parking around apartments and condos. When you exit your vehicles at all hours, could you please lock them manually, rather than using your clicker as you walk away, consequently your horn beeping?

BOUQUET To Maggie’s Seafood Market. First-class food, service, and staff. Our family visiting from Alberta insisted on repeat visits for fish and chips, during their four-day stay with us.

BEEF To management of a major store for allowing dogs in the store. During my short visit I encountered five dogs, two of those in a shopping cart. This cart could have been used later for a child.

BOUQUET To the fantastic Snowbirds for their breathtaking performance over the harbour. Beef for the loud music blaring from all the loudspeakers that drowned out the sound of the airplanes passing right overhead. It would have been awesome to hear the roar of the airplanes instead of that music.

BEEF To all the food vendors at the market for reinforcing my decision to wait as long as I did to visit. $4.50 for a cob of corn? It’s still just corn, ethical or not.

BOUQUET Thank you to the city parks department for the loads of sand placed at the beginning and end of bridges on the Westwood Lake trail.

BEEF To the City of Nanaimo for care and maintenance of our waking and biking trails. The E&N Trail is littered with garbage, shopping carts, clothes, even luggage. The Parkway Trail had roots so large that I broke my bike tire on the weekend. They are dangerous and make biking hazardous. Both trails should be something to be proud of, enjoyed by residents and tourists.

BOUQUET To the City of Nanaimo for their efforts in cleaning up after all the vagrants. It is a thankless task and never-ending. Keep up the good work as it is a secure job as things will only get worse with the bleeding hearts.

BEEF To all those who feel the need to drown themselves in perfumes, colognes or aftershave then go on the bus or go to movie theatre, etc. You make it extremely difficult for those who suffer from breathing problems or allergies. Most public places are suppose to be scent-free; that needs to be enforced.

BOUQUET To Jess at Port Place Salon for a much-needed haircut. I’ll be back.

BEEF To the baby boomers rudely huffing and puffing about any minor delay first thing in the morning at the clinic. Obviously anyone in there is not thrilled to be there but that is no excuse for a lack of patience and grace as we all wait our turn. Bouquet to the kind staff who were exemplary in the face of such bratty behaviour from people definitely old enough to know better.

BOUQUET To Rob, a respiratory technician at NRGH. He is very caring and taught me how to quit smoking. I can’t thank him enough. NRGH is lucky to have people like Rob.

BEEF To the drivers/passengers who throw their garbage out of their vehicle on Tenth Street. Volunteers will remove it now and again, but in the meantime it is just awful. As there are no sidewalks you have to walk on the side of the road through garbage. Disgusting.

BOUQUET Keeping cool for older folk isn’t easy. Big thanks to Brenda and staff at Servicexcel for going the extra distance to keep our Mr. Slim functioning without money from our elder pockets.

BEEF I am tired of the over-use/mis-use of the word ‘grab.’ ‘I’ll grab you a coffee, I’ll grab you a paper, I’ll grab your sister’s name.’ The definition of the word ‘grab’ is to grasp or seize suddenly or roughly, snatch, take. I want my goods handled gently. Thank you.

BOUQUET To the man at the Uplands-Butternut bus stop who just came off work near the Grand Hotel thank you for showing kindness. What you didn’t know is I was having a really hard day and being kind changed the path for the rest of my day. Best of luck to you and I hope your kindness is rewarded.

BEEF To the person who chose to settle a dispute with a neighbour by painting her side of the fence with pink and yellow stripes. What you did was not only unprofessional it was immature and you will see your business decline.

BOUQUET Hats off to any city employee, store employee or concerned citizens who take the time to pick up trash and clean dump sites in our city. There is no shame in picking up litter but those of you who litter and dump trash should be ashamed.

BEEF To the man who opened his door and back door on his work truck then proceeded to pee in the middle of the parking lot in the afternoon. I could slam you and your company as both names were on the truck.

BOUQUET To the very kind man who gave a beyond generous donation of $400 to my daughter as she was busking along the waterfront to help raise money toward the purchase her first full-size violin. So very appreciative.

BEEF To the ungrateful person who was gifted a plot to bury her estranged daughter 25 years ago and now feels slighted because she found out there is not enough room for her when she decided she wanted to be buried with her family – except for the other estranged daughter. The person who did this for you purchased plots decades ago to ensure he be buried with his son and wife, not an estranged daughter and third husband.

BOUQUET The Growler Howler at White Sails raised $1,125 for NALT. Special thanks to event organizers Sebastian A. and Brian M. and to the participating artists.

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