Beefs and Bouquets for Nov. 25

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

BOUQUET: To the person who beefed about leaving your headlights on auto which does not turn your rear tail lights on. I did not know that. I am going to have to check that out. Thanks.

BOUQUET: Thank you to the Shell gas station at Sooke and Mount View roads who sold their premium gas at regular price on Wednesday morning after they had run out of regular. We often give grief to gas stations for “gouging” but this one didn’t when we needed them most.

BEEF: There are a bunch of dump trucks that bring rocks down the parkway, then go to the area near Costco and pick up crushed rocks (gravel) and bring this up the parkway. All day long. These old diesel dump trucks have “straight pipes” and the noise is ridiculous. The lack of foresight by building, engineering, planning and enforcement departments is unfortunately typical. There must be a solution? How about bringing the rock crushing machine up the mountain?

BEEF: A beef to everyone at the pumps not following rules. To clarify on the limits at the pumps: It’s 30 litres per visit. Whether it’s gas or diesel. Let’s be fair. I own a diesel and I’m seeing that some places aren’t putting limits on diesel. This is not correct. Just pump your 30 litres of whatever you need and move on. Unless you own a car lock pass or you fall into the emergency category the limit is 30 litres on gas or diesel.

BOUQUET: A gigantic bouquet to the Peninsula Co-op on Goldstream. Just wanted to say thank you to all the Co-Op gas station staff for a great job during the gas crisis. You were all well organized getting vehicles through one way and out the other, keeping the flow of traffic through your stations moving and with a smile!

BOUQUET: To all the people in my community who are continuing to have good behaviour. People need to calm down and have patience for one another. COVID, and now the gas shortage, have made people act inappropriately. We are all in this together. If everyone just takes a deep breath and has some patience we can get through this!

BOUQUET: A shout-out to Emcon for getting the Malahat open 24 hours. This is going to be a big job to get the Malahat back up and running. We appreciate the long hours you are putting in to get traffic moving again. With everything going on in Merritt, Abbottsford, and on the Coquihalla, you would think people would be a little more patient. Keep up the great work. On the Island we made out extremely well compared to some.

BOUQUET: For all the volunteers at the Goldstream Food Bank. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to keep the food bank going. With all the shortages on food right now I would shout-out to anyone that can drop off food this week to do so. The food bank and your community need you right now!

BEEF: A huge rant to the A$$h*!# who stole my jerry can out of the box of my truck this weekend. The can wasn’t even full. I hope karma bites you in the behind!

BEEF: A big beef to the people siphoning gas out of cars in Metchosin. Lock your cars up everyone, there is a thief among us!

BOUQUET: A bouquet to Cardino shoes in West Shore Mall. I was in browsing around at the stores not thinking I was going to buy anything. I absolutely had the best customer service in this store. I did need a pair of boots but was planning on waiting. The girl who was helping me out and having a conversation with me was absolutely the best at her job. She was so pleasant and knowledgeable I just had to try a few things on and she did such a great job I decided I would buy the boots earlier than expected. Great work Cardino shoes on training your staff!

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