Roses and Rotten Tomatoes (Oct. 30, 2014)

Here’s what our readers in Surrey, White Rock and North Delta are griping about this week – and who they’re thanking.

  • Bouquets of red and pink roses to Mr. and Mrs. S. and their adorable son, and also to Boston Pizza in Newton, for making my 80th birthday so special by paying for my lunch, drink and dessert on Oct. 25. I do not know them – how kind of you. You all made my day. Newton is special! –Elsie.

  • Dozens of roses to the families of our fallen soldiers in their time of grief. The whole country is grateful for their service and sacrifice. However, I give rotten tomatoes to local stores and banks for the way they left their TVs on American news channels on the terrible morning of the Ottawa shootings. How ridiculous having American news reporters tying to tell us what was happening in Canada’s capital. We are Canadians wanting Canadian news here in Canada, in Canadian stores and banks.

  • 50 red roses to the Tap Restaurant on 34th Avenue in South Surrey for the fantastic gluten-free meal they prepared and served on Sept. 14. The occasion was Pat and Jacqueline Tupper’s 50th anniversary. To Les and all his staff, thank you for making our meal worry-free. –Pat and Jacqueline.

  • A big bouquet of roses to the young coupleat Off the Hook in Crescent Beach. Not only did you order dessert for us, you also paid for our meals. Thank you so very much. – 3 Gently Aged Ladies

  • Dozens of roses to the winners of City Awards in Surreylast Wednesday, Oct. 22. It’s wonderful to see so many good people honoured for their good work in our community.

  • I’d like to send roses to the staff at North Delta rec centrefor being so great with the public during renovations there. I can’t wait to see what the place looks like after the construction work.

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  • A store full of rotten tomatoes to the bald, middle-aged man who told me to “take care of my kid” during my toddler’s temper tantrum. Had you known the situation, perhaps you would have kept your highly inappropriate comment to yourself and instead asked, “Can I help you?” What you don’t know is that my two-year-old has difficulties with emotional regulation, which means that he often has temper tantrums while in public. You also don’t know that he is being followed by professionals, who recommend that we allow him to finish his tantrum before correcting his behaviour. This, my friend, is “taking care of my kid.” As if the situation is not embarrassing enough, now I have to deal with my toddler freaking out in addition to uneducated morons such as yourself. Red roses to the Now for printing my experience. Maybe the man will read this and have some reflection. Also, red roses to the woman who encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing and be consistent. At least some people get it.

  • I work in retail, and this message is to parents who keep their children home from school due to illness (cold/flu). I ask of you not to bring your sick children out shopping and spread whatever they may have to me and my co-workers. The job is hard enough without being sick. I don’t like to be sick. Please use your common sense.

  • Rotten tomatoes to the manager of a grocery storein North Delta heard swearing at a customer. Great way to keep customers!

  • Flying rotten tomatoes to my neighbour for the religious celebration of high-flying fireworks all over my roof and property. After much discussion last year, you totally ignored me and did it again. Surrey should have stricter bylaws and enforcements. I’m tired of cleaning up your mess. Your roof and yard are clean.

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