Candy Canes and Coal (Dec. 4, 2014)


  • Candy canes to the two young ladies who helped me up and asked if I was OK when I stopped dead and fell hard on the floor in Surrey Central Mall.

  • Candy canes to the City of Surrey engineering crew who came to the rescue quickly when my drains were backing up. They were not only fast and efficient but polite as well. Thank you so much!

  • Lots of sweet candy canes to the wonderful patron at Asia Restaurant who so generously picked up our tab. Volunteers are not paid because they are ‘priceless.’ Thirty-plus volunteers from Northwood United Church Thrift Shop were enjoying their appreciation luncheon at Asia Restaurant.

  • A bunch of candy canes (and a cup of hot cheer) to the maintenance guy in our complex who has been battling to clean up all the maple leaves on the roads and keep the drains clear. A bushel of coal to the home owners who don’t clean up their own leaves and let them blow onto the neighbours’ yards for them to clean up or quietly move them onto the street for the maintenance guy to deal with!

  • Candy canes to the kind and calm guy who stopped a moment later to help me back out of my parking spot in that congested Wal-Mart parking lot and who stayed to help direct traffic so that everyone could get where they needed to go. You saw a need and stepped up to help. Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity.

  • Sweet peppermint candy canes to all the participants in the production ‘Right Here Write Now.’ It was an awesome production at the Bell Centre and all participants (whether you had a big part or small part in it) showed what young people can do. I was honoured to be in the audience!

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  • A big lump of coal to the worker at a thrift store in White Rock who refused to let an elderly, frail woman use the washroom. Your behaviour and excuses are disgraceful. And your remark, that she should use a wheelchair, was the height of insensitivity. Shame on you.

  • Coal to Linda Hepner and city hall for not sharing the philosophy that Christmas is about sharing. I was looking forward to seeing the beautiful Christmas tree that has been outside SFU Surrey Central as part of the Christmas display for the past few years. My kids and I were extremely upset once we realized the Grinches at city hall placed it in their backyard, so that only they can enjoy it when they look down from $150-million offices. Instead of allowing the hardworking students and citizens of Surrey the pleasure of viewing the most beautiful tree in the world, they have chosen to barricade it behind construction fences.

  • Coal to people who bring their sick kids to the supermarket and let them cough all over the produce. Even the parents do the same thing. No wonder flu is running rampant. What is the matter with people these days?

  • Coal to BC Place and Rogers Arena for not letting us bring in our water bottles and food we brought. Why should we pay so much money for your junk? It isn’t fair for us people who can’t afford it – either change your rule or I am not giving you my business ever again.

  • Loads of coal to the irate guy in the underground parking lot in Guildford on Sunday who laid on his horn and shouted obscenities because traffic had stopped. I was the girl walking by, ever so slowly with my Grandma helping her make it back to the car. I asked your girlfriend to try to get you to stop, which only resulted in you becoming louder and angrier. You’re obviously self-absorbed.

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