Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets for week of Feb. 18

More beefs to the tip-expecting server; a bouquet to BC Transit

  • Feb. 19, 2020 1:30 a.m.

Do you have someone to thank, or a peeve to get off your chest? Send it to BandB@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Record staff reserve the right to edit all submissions, and discard Beefs deemed to be libelous or mean-spirited. We will not publish beefs (complaints) about private businesses or charities (those associated with published news articles notwithstanding). Please keep submissions within 150 words. Although the post will be anonymous, include a contact name and phone number, because there’s a draw every week for a meal for two from Dairy Queen. This week’s winner is Gordon Beech.

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IT WAS GOOD TO SEE some kids in Comox out knocking on doors to shovel snow last week. Nathan and Bradley did a great job and made a few bucks as well. Thanks for the help boys nice so see entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.

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HUGE SHOUT OUT TO CVCDA, SalArmy, Women’s Transition Society, True Grain Bakery, COBS Bakery and the Northgate Church who hosted and fed the wonderful audience at the Georgia Strait Big Band “ Swinging into Christmas” fundraiser concert. See you next year.

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TO THE PERSON that decided to embarrass themselves with the beef in the paper regarding leaving space in front of you when in line at an intersection. Please don’t dumb down society. You are not supposed to enter an intersection if there is no room on the other side of the intersection for you. So your call, not everyone else’s call. Perhaps you should pay more attention while at intersections. Just sayin.

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IN RESPONSE TO the beef about diners who don’t tip; did you ever stop to think that possibly they too make minimum wage and have scrimped and saved up for a nice dinner out? Perhaps they don’t have the extra 18 per cent for your tip that you feel entitled to. I was brought up to believe a tip is earned for good or above par service. Want that tip? Earn it.

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I HAVE A BEEFwith the person who accused people of being inconsiderate if they choose to go out for a meal at a restaurant and don’t tip. When and how did tips become the responsibility of the patrons to help pay the staff wages? If staff are not being paid properly, take it up with your employer. I find it very offensive to be told that I am being inconsiderate unless I pay an added 18 per cent on top of my bill. It is expensive to dine out already without added cost expectations. A tip used to be a gift for superior service and not an expected gesture. Please do not put the onus on the diners to make up your wages, and don’t call people inconsiderate if they choose not to pay “industry standard.”

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I HAVE A BEEF with the Courtenay council both present and past. Lerwick Road, which is a main entrance road through Courtenay, has not been finished. From Malahat Drive to Valley View Drive the road reduces to three lanes. This creates a traffic problem in front of Mark R Isfeld Secondary School. Traffic entering and leaving the school becomes very difficult therefore drivers tend to take unnecessary chances especially while exiting the school area. I have approached the city asking when this part of the highway is going to be completed. The answer I received was there is no plan. This portion of the highway is creating a traffic problem and a possible dangerous situation. My inquiries have met with silence. I encourage parents and students to approach city councillors and demand this portion of Lerwick Rd be completed to four lanes.

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A BEEF TO the server that wrote in about tips. Minimum wage in B.C. is now $13.85 an hour, going to $15.20 in June of 2021. If you are not being paid minimum wage please see your employer. Industry does not have the right to set the standard for tipping. TIPS originally meant “to insure prompt service”. It was also started in days when there were no minimum wage guarantees, no taxes on meals and alcohol was not tripled in price by the restaurant. The customer sets what they want to tip. You say if I am not prepared to tip 18 per cent then I should stay home. If you are not prepared to work for the wages offered, then perhaps you should look for a different type of job. Lots of jobs don’t get tips.

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A BAG OF FLAMING BULL MANURE to councillor Doug Hillian for stating that the drug and crime problems at the house on 20th and Lambert have been solved! (Comox Valley Record, Jan. 28, 2020). Was he joking when he states, “Good to know the neighbourhood has some peace again”? Driving by this place yesterday, I saw a lot of “buy and sell” going on, and not your typical yard sale variety. There were bikes being dismantled and baggies being handed off by a very rough looking crowd of 10-15 people. Complaints have probably decreased because the frustrated residents of neighbourhood just can’t bear the lack of results when they call authorities. Check the recent police records and then ask the Ministry how many welfare cheques the landlord collects from this address. Sorry to burst your bubble councillor, but the city’s “covenant” with the owner is a joke.

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A HUGE BOUQUET for the BC transit driver that was cleaning up garbage near his Highland Secondary bus stop during his break. It was so lovely to see someone caring about our environment and going over and above what is expected. Thank you for contributing in a positive way to our amazing, clean and caring Valley!

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SINCE JANUARY WAS Mental Health Month, our Indigenous Parents Advocacy Club (IPAC) organized a Winter Wellness Retreat for our Indigenous families. This retreat was to feed their souls, nourish their body and mind and encourage them to celebrate the winter months as individuals and as a community. This retreat was a huge success thanks to: Island Health, Blue Toque, Comox Valley Record, Costco, Quality Foods, Real Canadian Superstore, John’s Independent Grocer, Thrifty’s, Prontissima Pasta, Butcher’s Block, Cobbs, Gunter’s Bros Meats, London Drugs, Home Depot, Staples, Survival Outdoors Specialty, CV Search & Rescue, St. John’s Ambulance, Curves, Beatson Enterprises, Pharmasave, Rexall. Art Knapp, Midland Tools, Ski & Surf Shop, Adventure Smart, Comox Coach & Shuttle and Indigenous Education SD71.If you are interested in attending our IPAC, we meet the first Tuesday of each month at the Lake Trail School (in the gym around the side). See you there.

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A BIG BOUQUET from Dove Creek area to the CVRD (Howie) and the Courtenay and Oyster River Fire Depts. for putting on the information sessions for emergency preparedness and fire smart in January. Also a bouquet to the Dove Creek Community Assoc. (Karole) for hosting these sessions. Good turn out; nice to meet some of our neighbours, too. To those who did not bother to attend, we hope you have your own preparations in place for the big one or a wildfire. You could be on your own for a week or so!

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THANK YOU TO Bob Scales and the Comox Valley Lions Club, for gifting us the bath lift chair. It is greatly appreciated, it helps me get in and out of the tub a lot easier.

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