Beefs & Bouquets, Sept. 24

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BOUQUET To City of Nanaimo which immediately dispatched an exterminator to deal with an active wasps’ nest near our water meter and public roadside, endangering anyone near it.

BEEF All the gas stations in Nanaimo who are charging the same amount as downtown Vancouver.

BOUQUET To our neighbour, Brad, for cleaning up the street signs at Tahoe and Michigan Way. They look great.

BEEF To drivers on cellphones due to being a pedestrian and almost being hit three times in two weeks cause you cross the line.

BOUQUET To the young gentlemen at Super Save Gas off of Bowen Road who took extra time to help me with my car troubles. Dirty Demons Towing towed my vehicle for free because it saw how bad a day I was having.

BEEF To my foreman at work. You did not have to rat on your two workers. Keep it up and your card will be pulled.

BOUQUET To guitar teacher Story at Natural Growth music. I love your dedication and  enthusiasm. You make learning so much fun.

BEEF To Nanaimo tailgaters. No wonder there are so many rear-enders here.

BOUQUET To WindWalker Landscaping. Thank you for friendly service, fair pricing, and quick response times. We are customers for life.

BEEF To all the dog owners who don’t pick up after their dog on our beautiful trails in our parks.

BOUQUET To all the hard-working folks at Midas Muffler near Estevan Road. You got my minivan out within 20 minutes after the battery died on the morning of the first day of school.

BEEF To Nanaimo gas stations. In Courtenay gas was $103.9. I come home and prices are $117.9. In Duncan ($107.9) and Vancouver ($113.9). Enough already, everyone that lives here is fed up.

BOUQUET To Kim Boileau of KJ contracting for the donation of a fridge to Nanaimo 7-10 Club. We now have a fridge to keep our milk and juice cold.

BEEF To the nine cyclists I counted this past week, crossing intersections and causing traffic to stop or go around them because the red hand was up – not the green walking sign. They should learn how to read traffic lights.

BOUQUET To all the people who worked so hard to put on a fantastic Harmac Union Barbecue on the long weekend. My grandkids had a blast.

BEEF To the father of the little girl for chaining her to a tree during a protest at Colliery Dam Park. She looks confused and scared.

BOUQUET To Colin of JB’s Auto Parts in Ladysmith, and his wife, who came to our rescue when we blew a tire on the Nanaimo Parkway. Not only did they stop to help but Colin changed the tire for us.

BEEF What is the point of putting signs stating two-hour parking but you exempt residents? The point of this is to allow other people to use these spots.

BOUQUET To Mid-Island Co-op for providing funding to the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society for new greenhouses at Beban Park.

BEEF To the restaurant for not paying a server the money it owes her. Servers already make minimum wage and work hard. Shame on you for using a loophole to avoid payment.

BOUQUET To Shannon and Kathleen for their input in getting my new career started.

BEEF To the manager of pizza place in Harewood for allowing delivery driver to race around after 10 p.m. in a low-riding car that sounds like it needs a new muffler. It sets off car alarms at night.

BOUQUET To the kind lady driving the silver car with the Tinkerbell sticker in the back window at Terminal Park McDonald’s. You paid for my coffee and muffin. Your kindness made me cry.

BEEF To the perpetrators with the 800 phone number who constantly, and maliciously, call four times a day and night to Canadian residents without answering.

BOUQUET To the young staff at Galaxy Theatre who were so kind, considerate and helpful to my husband and myself. They did not hesitate to come to our aid during a stressful time.

BOUQUET To Country Club Centre and Howie James and the Howlettes. Wonderful music the last Thursday of the month.

BOUQUET To Old City Station Pub downtown. Best chicken wings, great service, great food and very clean.

BOUQUET To trustees Steve Rae, Stephanie Higginson and Bill Robinson for visiting Rutherford Elementary School. It was a pleasure showing you how important our school is to our community.

BOUQUET To Jean of the ‘Pool Babes’ for picking up my lunch tab. What a lovely surprise and very much appreciated.

BOUQUET To the three ladies who came to our assistance when my husband fell in Save-On-Foods’ parking lot, hitting his head on our shopping cart. Although there was lots of blood, his scalp wound was shallow and he quickly recovered.

BOUQUET To Canadian Tire customer service staff and the young man who moved pallets of merchandise when I lost my keys. Also someone named Barry, who drove me to get my keys and back.

BOUQUET To Scott Wiskerke from Roots and Shoots who donated his time and talents pruning trees at Hospice House and to Mona Richardson who volunteers hours of her time keeping the grounds pristine.

BOUQUET To our three main political leaders who have taken the time to become bilingual – a good trait for Canada.

BOUQUET To Grant, Al and Jeremy at Harris Kia for the exemplary customer service I receive every time I walk in the door. Thanks for all you did to ensure I got what I wanted. I love my alien green.

BOUQUET To Sears, Tim’s Automotive and Central Towing for their generous donations to the Dover Bay Secondary School automotive program.

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