Beefs and Bouquets for March 24

Here are this week’s thank-yous and gripes about happenings in and around our West Shore community:

BOUQUET: Thank you very much to the assistant at the Warehouse One store for the excellent service that I got from you on March 6. I haven’t bought a pair of jeans for a number of years and I had no idea what size I was. You went above and beyond to find a perfect pair of jeans for me. Thank you so much for making this experience so enjoyable. I will definitely be back.

BIG BOUQUET: to the three ladies who helped me up after falling in the Costco parking lot on the morning of March 9. I could not have gotten up on my own. One even stopped while shopping to check if I was OK. Thank you all.

LARGE BOUQUET: to the teachers and staff at Hans Helgesen Elementary School for the great job they have been doing, through all the crappy weather, etc. During COVID they have had to greet the kids in the parking lot and make sure they get safely into the school. Well done.

BIG BEEF: to all the drivers who cannot read the school zone signs and see the flashing lights for at Hans Helgesen School. It takes 10 seconds at 30 km/h to go through it, not two seconds at 80 km/h.

BIG BOUQUET: to the City of Langford and local business people for donating feminine hygiene products to the Goldstream Food Bank. What a great thing to do, thank you so much to all of you. Langford is the best place to live and Stew Young and his staff are the best. There are so many generous people in the community.

BOUQUET: We welcomed a new pharmacist into our neighbourhood at the corner of Jacklin and Goldstream. The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy was a pleasant surprise. We ordered and received our prescription within 20 minutes, received wise advice on how to use the prescription, and were given COVID test kits. Thanks Medicine Shoppe, we certainly will use you again in the future.

HUGE BOUQUET: to Jordan Monks at Motus Physiotherapy in Langford. He is not only a phenomenal physiotherapist, but also a kind and caring person who truly listens. I am so very grateful for his knowledge and open-mindedness.

BOUQUET: A heartfelt thank you to the person who found my Visa credit card on March 18 around 4:30 p.m. in the Superstore parking lot and turned it in to the kind staff at customer service. I felt so relieved to have the card returned. So grateful to you all!

BEEF: to the oil companies for gouging us for gas and throw in the government for the carbon tax. Where does this money go and what does it do?

BOUQUET: to all the flag people who work long hours in all the weather – especially the lady on Peatt and Hockley with the big smile – that is great to see. We appreciate it.

BEEF: to the big red truck for driving through the parking lot at Quality Foods going so fast. Slow down! You almost hit that lady with the shopping cart and her little dog.

BOUQUET: to the man in the blue two-door car who bought my coffee for me at the drive-thru last Saturday. I was having a bad day and this really brightened up my day.

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BEEF: to the man in the Thrifty’s parking lot who stood in front of my driver’s side door blocking me from exiting my vehicle, walked into my mirror and bent it in, and then made a rude comment about me being on my phone while all of this happened. My car was parked, off, and the keys were out of the ignition. Your lack of spacial awareness and me sending a text are not correlated.

BOUQUET: to the staff at Mod Pizza this weekend. It was packed when we came in but you were all so calm and efficient. Thanks for a great pizza!

BOUQUET: to all of the service industry workers who have spent the past two years adapting to constantly changing restrictions at the drop of a hat. It’s been so lovely seeing your faces again.

BEEF: to all the dog owners who don’t pick up their dog’s poop. At least the dog has an excuse for not picking it up as they don’t have thumbs, but you’re just inconsiderate and irresponsible.

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