The Day The Raccoon Came To Visit Downtown

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We all know that the raccoons are never in town with loads of traffic and people, sure we see them dead on the highway when they are trying to cross the road but never in my 15 years here did I ever see one in town.  Much less one that doesn’t wanna move after many hours.

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So perch on one of the buildings next to our store, he had been there for at least 5 hours now.  What could the raccoon in town means ?  I wonder – good sign or bad omen?  Well, I found nothing online , but the raccoon seems mild and wasn’t out to terrorize anyone , so that’s good.

What Happened To The Shoplifter?

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Not much yet – to be honest because it took us 30 mins to find the names of the shoplifter and her accomplices after it went viral but 3 weeks to get ahold of the cop who was in charge of our case.  So the ball is in their court right now and we are just waiting to hear back from them.  But we all had a good laugh when the video went viral and till last week when we were in the city, someone stopped and asked if we caught the shoplifter.  It was definitely worth it – getting the shoplifter on camera.

Groupon 90 Minutes Visit To Town

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So I read yesterday about the Nova Star Cruises Groupon offer and after much reading on CBC news as well as Facebook, I have mixed feelings about the promotion.    To me , the marketing department of Nova Star Cruises or the person who went on Groupon to do this promo, didn’t word this promo too well.   If you read carefully, on the itinerary on the promotion, this is what it said and I quote :

On arrival in port, at 8 a.m., all passengers will be required to briefly disembark and go through Canadian customs, before immediately returning to the ship for a 9:30 a.m. departure and the 10-hour return voyage back to Portland.

I think this really doesn’t sit well on the people on our end, if you asked me.  Many concerned asked what can you do in 90 mins and what is the targeted visitors here?  And I’m fully aware of their concerns and where they are coming from.  I’m 50 yrs old and I know I won’t be spending $600 for a family of 3 to sit on the boat for this long , just for a 90 mins stopover.  That’s way too short for me and my family (but I’m talking about my family only).

 So lets just say they are targetting the older retired couples or single folks – would they really want to spend 20 hours to and fro from Maine to Yarmouth and spend another 90 minutes in Yarmouth and then go right back home?  I can’t speak for them , so I will ask some older – retired folks before I can tell you the answer.

Now what the town people are concerned about is , what would the 90 minutes in town benefit them and why do businesses want to be opened any earlier , except for those right by the ferry terminal.  There are just too many cons in this marketing strategy but of course that’s only my opinion and what do I know right? being a small business owner for only 16 yrs.

We have never done tourists business but I feel really bad for those who are waiting for the boat to come back and for them to bring in the tourists.  I feel for them .

Poking The Hell Outta My Pokemon Cards

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This is what i feel like doing to the parents of the kid who came into my store and poked the hell outta my new pokemon cards/boxes and not doing a thing about it.   Some parents need to be disciplined for not disciplining their kids.

Usually, I would say something but since both parents were in the store right next to her, I didn’t want to say a thing but I should have and should have given the parents a piece of my mind.   The little girl had asked if we had a washroom in the store and I said no.  Had it been a good girl, it would have been different but since the kid was so ignorant and obnoxious like her parents.  I ain’t got no time washing someone else’s poop after they use the toilet.  No freaking way !

Some Money We Don’t Wanna Earn

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Most people would take anyone’s money but not us.  Some customers are just not worth making any business with them.  It makes no sense when they’ve bought so many things from us and have had such a long relationship with us and yet can come back with the notebook and say things like it would electrocute them. Really?  mannn!!  I wanna smack that person, but I had a lot of customers at the store when the event takes place.  Of course, if you meddle with the wires, and tear off the tape that we used to keep you and anyone safe, you can get electrocuted if you are not careful and there was no need to be rude especially, if we had been so kind to him all the time.

You may be the customer, but no one should treat another human being this way.  So no we are not doing his business no more.  Thank you very much ! let someone else deal with his shit just not us.

Shitty Dog Owner/s

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So I went to get coffee and breakfast as soon as we opened the store and when I returned , guess what I saw somewhat near our store front?  DOG POOP  !!  yes !  all over the Main Street and had I not told a customer to be careful , he would have stepped on it and then bring it into our store.

Anyhow, the boss had to go out and picked up all the shitty poo because i can’t bend down to pick them up, but the above picture gave me the idea for this summer whereby a lot of shitty dog owners are gonna do the same thing, let their dogs poop everywhere on main street or wherever they want.  I hope that karma gets them , and they poop none stop till their butt hole feels like they have chilli padi on them constantly.

So chalk it is this summer, I shan’t pick up any poop and no one should , I will write a big sign like the above to warn ppl from stepping on it instead of picking them up for shitty dog owners.

Housing Problem For Lower Income Family

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My heart goes out to all the families who are affected again this time.  The last time people were put out the street were because of some crooked landlord who bought apartments and ran off with money they had gotten from the bank without doing anything for the apartments or paying their mortgages.

Now it’s because of safety issues from what I’ve read thus far.  The landlord said it’s the tenants fault and the tenant said it’s the landlord’s fault , so she said he said again.  But no matter who is responsible, no one should be kicked out of their home and left in the cold especially during winter and such short notice.  A week or two i read on facebook , that some folks are dealing with.

 I sincerely wished the town could step up and handle this problem seriously.

PS3 Clean Up

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Holy Moly !  no wonder the PS3 doesn’t wanna work !  this belongs to a customer of course, he didn’t buy it from us, probably brought it from the yard sale and brought it to us to clean it out.  Some people just smoke and have dusty houses i guess.

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But the boss don’t feel iikeee about it and will clean it up for them for a mere $20 !!!!  I wouldn’t go near it – that’s for sure.

Ice On SideWalk Problem

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Yes, we have a huge problem this year but wait a minute, it think it is every year but this year , it’s a little bit worst than previous.  I’ve heard and seen many people falling down and hurting themselves and some had a fracture hand and broken leg.

I feel really awful about it and had predicted that it would happen sooner or later.  Had this been the States, the town would have been sued.  The mayor said that they were doing their best , the business owners said they were doing their best to clean the sidewalks too but what about the carpark and the back alleys?  What about the schools?  yes, I’ve seen the school’s sidewalk very poorly done and snow piling so high, you can’t see the traffic coming.

Sure the snow removal folks are working really hard but something needs to be address here before more people get hurt or more accidents in the road.  I feel especially bad for the younger school kids, because they had to climb on top of the snow banks to get to their parents cars.

How can one prevent accidents?  can the town do more?

Proper Channels

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I’m writing this from memory, so don’t hate me if I get this wrong.  Sometime during Christmas I think, a group of kind hearted women was online to try and get another lady without oil for her furnace some money to put oil in.  The storm was coming and it was going to be a holiday weekend.  While I applaud all these kind and generous ladies, one had asked the mayor and the MIA for help.  Of course, the Mayor and the MLA replied and said that they can’t help personally and sent them off to the relevant people.  Unfortunately, those people were already approached before and they won’t help either.

While I can understand the frustration from this group of kind women folks, I can also understand why the Mayor and MLA said no to extend their personal help.  Firstly, I am sure this isn’t the first incident that the Mayor and MLA had been asked to help and on the other hand, what is the other side of the story of the woman needing oil for winter.

There is always 2 sides to a story and the right side, I’ve learned this a hard way and don’t jump into conclusion anymore.  These days, I help if I can and if I cannot I just shut the hell up.

$2000 A PoP???!!??

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Really?  $2000 a pop?  for candy canes on downtown streets?  I sometimes wonder where they get their quotes from?  I checked with a supplier of ours in Canada and the highest end candy cane for this kind of project is like $500 – I was quoted.  The town seems to get the highest bids in everything they want to bring into town.  I wonder if they have checked with our local gift stores to get them to use their connections for stuff like that.  The people in charge really need to get in touch with the right people to get the right prices or learn to negotiate.

White Collar Crime

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I’ve been in Canada for more than 10 yrs now and I’m about to believe that there must be no White collar crime division in Canada or none in this small town?  therefore, the judges around here don’t know how to sentence these white collar criminals?  since there were no precedents to go refer to?

Thus far, I’ve seen 2 cases in which both are let off so easily but if it were ordinary people who’ve committed these crimes, will they have the same outcome?  Could it really be that they have good lawyers or they have “connections” ?  Both had so clearly cheated the tax payer tons of money but their excuses were?  I shouldn’t have done it ????!!!!???  WOW!!!!  truly amazing the excuse !!!

The sentence is to be 1000 hours of community service ???!!!???  wow!! no jail time ?????  and no criminal record as well???  WOW!!!!

All I have to say is – it’s pretty awesome to be a white collar criminal in Canada eh?  the consequences are so minimal , I have to learn to be a crook too but have to be a white collar one with connections I guess.

A Thankless Job?

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Our poor mayor is on news again, and once again not in good light.  *sigh*.  she mentioned in a local radio interview about knowing all about being a thankless job – the cabbies and I believed she is also sympathizing herself as hers seems to be a thankless job at that moment.  With all the berating she had been getting since the news came out on Chronicle Herald and as far as Quebec I heard, I guess she is feeling the heat.

 There is lots of speculation about why the local Mayor would say something like that about the local cabbies and yes, they are offended and not only the cabbie are offended, the entire town seems to be offended too.   But lets step back and see and dissect what the Mayor said – is there any truth in what she said?  or is it just one local B & B’s owner experience?

To be honest, there are some truth in what the Mayor had said but I think she shouldn’t have said it in public or in a national paper.  Or should have put it in a nicer way?  But seriously, the only problem I have with our local cabbies is the smoke smell in the cabs but they are not to be blamed because the passengers are mostly the ones who wants to smoke?  because the cab drivers whom have serviced me never did smoke once during my ride.  As for being unsightly, I really don’t think so to be honest.  And if you really wanna get somewhere , you probably wouldn’t care what the cabbies look like, you just want to get to destination.  That’s my experience in a foreign place.

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This is the local transport in Bangkok , Thailand and these are the better looking ones and we all took the tuk tuk everywhere when we were in Thailand.  Didn’t matter what the driver looked like, we just wanted to get from one place to another cheap. And we loved the tuk tuk, it was so fast and although dirty most times, we enjoyed our ride.

When I first arrived in Nova Scotia, the boss and I wanted to take a cab from the city to the Casino, the cabby told us he didn’t know where the casino is *slap forehead*.  I guess it’s because it was only around the corner, so he didn’t want to take us (we found out later).  Now that was a worst image to tourist/s don’t you think?  at least our cabbies knows every place and everywhere.

It is a thankless job for most people and the cabbies are just trying to make the best of their situation, but the Mayor isn’t completely wrong but she should have chose her words properly.

The Cops Gave Up?

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So I read this morning from the owners who lost their whole collection of jewelry that the cops are giving up because they don’t have any lead to the break and enter in town.  Wow!  what more can i say about the cops here  after reading that?  But one can’t really expect much since we got broken in a few times and even with footage, they can’t come up with nothing.  I’m sure not all the cops that we know are so incompetent but some I have to say are not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Fake People

cats1What are fake people?  I can spot them from a mile away.  I think I’ve become kinda of expert when it comes to fake people after working in the hotel industry for 15 years and another 5 years with a Spanish Telecommunication company, where people tend to be fake with you when they want you to do something from them or when they know that you are someone in Management and what you say or think can make or break them.  I don’t know if you’ve met with people like that?  but I’ve.

And at this age of mine going 50 in a few months, I tend to be less tolerant when it comes to people like that.  Folks like that only wants to manipulate you and if you are of not much use to them, they tend to steer clear of you too.   I think i’ve already wasted too much time with people like that in my life, so this year, I’ve decided that i no longer have patience for people like that.

So yes, these days , i rather not entertaining people who are fake , even the town councilors, there are some I don’t talk to and also some pizza guy that had accused me of trying to run his business down or teachers or my kid who went crazy over my blogs or a chicken shit neighbor who also went crazy about my blog.  And of course, ex – employees or  just in general fake people around me.

Nope, no time or energy to play pretend, so I’m gonna be honest with a lot of people from now on and ignore those that I don’t want to tolerate anymore and have no patience for.

Ferry Tapped Out

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So I’ve been reading a lot about how the ferry is tapped out now because they’ve used the last of the $21 million in what the Nova Scotia government had planned to give them in support of the run from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth.  But wait a minute !  the $21 million was to be spread out for 7 years and 2 months into service, they’ve already finished using the money ?  Now , no matter which way you look at it, it doesn’t look right.

I don’t know how Nova Star used the money but as a taxpayer myself, I just don’t feel right at all.  If the government was giving this money to something that isn’t going to work at all, wouldn’t it be wiser to use it for something else more fruitful.  So was Dexter correct all along about the ferry?  very confusing and I for one wants the ferry to work without costing our taxpayer so much money.

If Nova Star or the Economic Development minster knew that they would need more money and years to make it work, why wasn’t this out in the open in the first place?  I totally, CONFUSED!  and I’m pretty sure a lot of people ain’t too happy about it. And for myself, I’m a lot confused more than anything.

Hurricane Arthur

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Hurricane Arthur hit us harder than we had expected.  For those who’ve lost power, I hope that power will come back soon for you.  And for all our customers and friends out there, I hope Arthur didn’t damage too much of your property.

We lost half the shingles on our roof at the cottage and on home front, just a few shingles, nothing that we are too worried about.  But we did lose power for 36 hours at home and the cottage was longer.

I guess, Hurricane usually misses us but this time, when we think that we are not going to have it as hard as any other places, it hit us like there was no tomorrow.  Alot of damages around town as you can see here.  My heart goes out to a lot of the people in the town.  Stay safe folks.

A Banner On Main Street

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I have lived in this town for 14 years and this is the first time, I’ve seen banners on Main Street.  Must be because they fired the town planner who was rumored to be quite anal about signs and anything to do with signs.  Mannnn! it’s about time , this town do something about how downtown look because this town has so much potential.  Such a waste, not to have a bigger vision.  But having seen the banner on Main St, I can now say I have hope.

Really Kid ! I Can See You !

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So I was alone in the store today and 2 kids came in to browse and as usual, when I’m alone in the store, I do have the security camera on my screen.  So one kid got a hold of a candy box and looked around for security cameras and he was looking really hard and wondering if our security cameras are working.  So I shouted out from behind and told the kid – I can see him to prevent him from even thinking of taking the box of candy.

Mannnn!  I don’t know what the hell these kids are thinking – and at the back of my mind, I just hope that I will bring up my kid better than those who are even thinking of stealing from us.  Just too sad – for these kids.  And nope, I never thought of stealing from a store when I was a kid, even though we didn’t have much when I was little.

The Audacity Of Some People !

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Yes!  this person is a thief and stole from us a few years ago and you would think that he would be ashamed of himself !! but nope!!  he isn’t at all, in fact, when he sees us, he would utter some obscenity while he is walking pass us even if there were kids around!   yes ! the audacity of some people, where I come from, we say that people like that got no father and mother to teach them.  And rightly so, else how would you explained the way they behave and treat other people.