Beefs & Bouquets Dec. 13

A Huge, Big Hug to the lady in the van in front of me at Starbucks in University Village a few weeks ago. I can’t thank you enough for buying my coffee that day. No one has ever done that for me before and I felt so special and grateful. I waved my thanks to you, but that doesn’t even come close to telling you how much you made my day. I will pay it forward.

A huge bouquet to Landmark Cinema's Avalon theatre in Nanaimo for bringing in Searching for Sugarman. I've been trying to get to Vancouver to see it for two months.  Please consider showing more specialty movies, there is a waiting audience here, it will just take a little time to get the word out.

a bouquet for the non-profit Nanaimo Community Dental Clinic for picking up the slack and providing oral health services to low-income individuals who otherwise would not receive dental or dental hygiene services.

RESOUNDING CHEERS OF THANKS to the many Nanaimo businesses and families who contributed to recent fundraising events for the Nanaimo District Secondary School Islanders football club. Your generous support is key for the program’s continued success. From the entire NDSS Islanders football club.

a huge thank you to the paramedics, police officers, emergency doctors, nurses and technicians who attended my husband after his recent accident. Your professionalism, dedication and compassion are much appreciated. Thanks also to the people on scene who cared for him until medical help arrived. A third thank you to my husband for wearing his full-face helmet.

Many thanks to the good woman who got a piece of rope from her own car and tied down my trunk lid so I could drive to a shop to get it repaired when my electric trunk lock failed. You are kind and very handy. I hope I can repay the good deed.

Garlands of Christmas roses to Coach West, his soccer team (13-14-year-olds) and their parents. The girls used their practice time to volunteer for the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle campaign in four locations. A Merry Christmas to you all.

A huge bouquet of beautiful red roses to Laurel Smith and staff at Applecross Home Hardware for such expert, old-fashioned service. There are a number of Nanaimo businesses that could learn valuable lessons from the staff in this store. Thank you for making our shopping experience such a delight. We will gladly recommend your store and we will come to you for all our future hardware needs. From Jim W.

A very grateful and appreciative bouquet to my daughter, who makes every day Christmas with her generous spirit and helpful nature to everyone.Wishing you your best Christmas ever.

A friendly acknowledgement to the checkout workers all over town who, even at this very busy time of year, still manage a smile and a courteous manner when dealing with those customers who I am embarrassed to stand behind in the lineup.

A huge bouquet to all the staff at Sharecost Rentals and Sales for their fantastic service, especially Steve for going out of his way. Forever a customer.

A beautiful bouquet to the angel who found (and returned) the $50 bill I lost in the Real Canadian Superstore. Your honesty brought tears to my eyes. Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas and a beautiful bouquet of red Christmas flowers to Toby Gorman, Chris Bush, Chris Hamlyn, Rachel Stern, Melissa Fryer and others at the Nanaimo News Bulletin. You are in the spirits in our families. We love you. God bless you.

A bouquet to End of the Roll’s Sara, Drew and Kelly. Great service. Always on time and polite. We will always be a customer.

A beef to shopping malls that give preferred parking to hybrid car owners. I understand special parking for police – after all, we wouldn't want to have a shoplifter escorted too far through the rain to a patrol car – handicapped parking and even family parking, but hybrid parking is just a desperate marketing ploy that treats 95 per cent of customers like second-class citizens. I'll shop elsewhere, thanks.

a beef to the guy answering the phones at the lost and found who told me, when I called to inquire, that no one had turned in my tuque. I could hear you wearing it.

A beef to the women working at a local business. While shopping next door I could hear your inappropriate conversation about how badly you had to use the washroom. The sales girl was embarrassed. You should be, too.

a beef. Why does management of transit have a poster up in buses to let riders know the prices for offence if you do not pay when the drivers don't even bother saying anything? It is not fair.

a beef to a local restaurant. Poor presentation, the fettuccine was dry, the meals needed some colour and the price was high. We were all disappointed, you just lost costumers. The Internet has a million ideas about food presentation.

A beef to a local service provider who wrecked my possessions when I took them in to get fixed. Promises to make up for this have not been followed through with so far. I thought a hand shake meant something in business. I guess not.

a Huge beef to an untrustworthy business. You know what deplorable and unacceptable things you did. Promises not carried out and shady tactics. Karma, karma, karma.

An unsafe beef to the caregiver of a man who runs up and down a Nanaimo road every evening in the dark. Please provide him with reflective gear so that he can be seen. Many of the residents have almost hit him, as he also tends to run down the middle of the road.

a beef to a strip mall. Nanoose Bay might have the world's largest gnome, but at least we here in Nanaimo have the world's largest sign indicating an out-of-business fast-food restaurant.

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