Roses and Rotten Tomatoes (Dec. 29, 2016 edition)

A weekly collection of compliments and complaints sent in by readers

Roses

• Roses to everyone who decorated for Christmas. Your lights and decorations make me smile and we could all use more smiles. Thank you for the hard work you put in.

• A car full of beautiful red roses to a very nice lady named Lois. She came to my aid recently. I had just dropped off my husband’s car at the car repair garage. The parking lot was sheer ice. I had to buy some groceries and I did not have a car to go home. I did not want to walk home because of all the ice on the roads. I had asked the casher if they could phone for a taxi to come and pick me up. Lois heard me and offered to drive me home, which I gratefully accepted. My faith in humanity has returned!

• Roses to all our first responders who worked over Christmas to keep us all safe! Thank you! Also, a big thank-you to those who worked hard to keep our streets clear of snow (and never mind the complainers – I thought the streets were fine).

• Roses to all kind and patient spouses who take such great care of their partners when they have a cold at Christmas. What would us big babies do without you?

Email your Roses to edit@thenownewspaper.com

Rotten Tomatoes

• A parking lot of rotten tomatoes to the clowns who plowed the snow from the Guildford library parking lot across Lincoln Drive and onto the sidewalk in multiple places. Where are your brains?

• A bunch of rancid tomatoes to businesses that don’t put salt down in their parking lots!

• Buckets of rotten tomatoes to the City of Surrey, which did absolutely nothing to clear the sidewalks around and pathways through Bakerview Park during the recent storms. Our area is supposed to have a high walkability score, but I guess that doesn’t apply when snow falls? You want to be a world-class city? Clear your sidewalks!

• Rotten tomatoes to Surrey Memorial Hospital. I had the misfortune of being ordered to go there by a clinic doctor because I was coughing up blood. I waited eight hours before a doctor saw me. Then, I was put out in a cold hallway in a bed with no pillow or blankets. I was also put with all the mental patients and people getting methadone. The place was full of firefighters and ambulance workers, all babysitting the drug addicts. All those patients had to do was snap their fingers and someone come running – but not for anyone else.

• A large garbage bag full of rotten tomatoes to the miserable old drunk in my building. No one likes you. Karma and the courts will deal with you so what goes around, comes around.

• Rotten tomatoes to Surrey’s school board for failing to salt, sand and/or scrape the snow out of the parking lot at its main office. A number of employees have fallen and hurt themselves. The parking lot was a skating rink. Our employer advised that we should walk like penguins and that “we all also have a duty to ensure that we are as individuals prepared for the conditions and take extra care and precautions for our own safety.” How about salting the parking lots and sidewalks so your employees can get into the building safely?

• Last winter, I shoveled snow on the sidewalk and walkway of my house. I left my winter shoes at the front door because I would need to shovel the snow again the next day. Yikes, some pesky person stole them – two pairs.

• Here comes this year – I never learned from last year’s mistake. Another new pair of winter shoes – stolen again. Is the person who stole my shoes very poor and had no shoes, or does he/she just find it easier to steal a pair rather than work and buy your own? No-one sympathizes with me at all – it is my fault that I forgot that there are rotten tomatoes among the good.

• Rotten tomatoes to the teen who kept taunting the other teenagers on the 502 bus and saying the “B” word. Grow up!

• I am so outraged that during the best time of the year, I have to call out a lowlife who was apparently raised with no moral compass. This pesky guy broke my car’s window twice this year. It is so sad that when I first came here to Canada, my husband told me that we not need to lock the door – Canadians are good people.

• I wish all my good neighbours a very Happy New Year. At the same time, I know that karma will come to get this  lowlife soon.

• Rotten tomatoes to all you classless people who lack dignity and manners. You people are belligerent and downright ignorant. What really disgusts me is how you encourage your kids to pass gas in public and have a sense of humour about it.

• Rotten tomatoes to disgusting people who keep dropping “F bombs” in public. It’s annoying, repulsive and immature. Please clean up your filthy language and get some manners.

• Lumps of coal to Surrey bylaw officers for their lack of enforcement in parking. During the recent snow storms, our street had double parking on both sides of street, making it a single-lane road. Vehicles are parked facing the wrong way and they are angle-parked (which supposedly is not allowed). Also, tomatoes for not enforcing the secondary-suite bylaw. Maybe the hiring of a few more officers will help to enforce bylaws?

• Rotten tomatoes to the careless driver who almost bumped into me as I was walking down 160th Street. You drive like an idiot.

• Rotten tomatoes to the Christmas grinches who were standing outside Dublin Crossing peddling their religious magazines the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

• Rotten tomatoes to drivers who venture out on snowy roads without the sense of having decent tires on their vehicle. Really? I’ve never seen so many motorists slip and slide their way around Surrey streets over the past few weeks.

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