Canadians are so nice!

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 12:34am
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Teacher (from this board) has shipped Smarties and KitKats to me each Halloween, for which I've been very grateful. She's been so wonderful to my family. I thought she was one of a kind, but maybe it's all Canadians.

My husband had to travel to Montreal yesterday on business, and I asked him to pick up some Nestle Canada candy bars for my PA son (and for me, hee hee) at a local drugstore or something if he had a chance to do it during lunch or perhaps at an airport shop on his way home.

Well, during his visit to the company in Montreal, my husband asked if the convenience store he'd noticed across the street would be a good place to buy the candy and he explained why we wanted it.

Well the folks there decided that instead of letting my husband pick up a few things at the convenience store, they'd go out to Costco for him and buy these two huge boxes of KitKats and Smarties. I was already so impressed with their kindness. But then, since the boxes didn't explicitly say they were nut-free, one of the people -- without my husband asking them to do this -- called Nestle Canada just to make sure that the candy would be safe for my son!

I am floored by how sweet these people were to go out of their way for a stranger's child. So, tell me, are all Canadians like this? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

--Debbie

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 1:07am
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...yes, we are...
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(well, actually I think we're like any other people --mostly good souls --with a bad habit of saying "eh?" all the time)

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 2:12am
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You've also seen first hand that truly, we're more allergy aware than the average American. And yes, we're just nice people ;-)

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 2:20am
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Aw shucks, DRobbins, I don't know. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
teacher is one awesome lady, isn't she? There were many many Canadians who contributed to the Smarties "thing" when it was still up and running but for quite some time (maybe a year or more), when I had an American post that they would like some Nestle products, I immediately contacted teacher. She is truly amazing. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Hey, I wonder if she set herself up as a business if she would be allowed to send Nestle products into the States. Probably a bit too much.
I think we may have more "safe" products "up here", I don't know, but you know, I can just as easily see going into the States and having the same thing happen. Honestly.
I once mentioned on this site that Jesse wanted to try a chocolate bar with rice krispies in it and it wasn't safe (I think it's Nestle Crunch - erik would know for sure) and an American friend of mine caught that one comment and had Vermont Nut Free chocolate with rice krispies in it sent to Jess.
No, there are some pretty amazing Americans as well - we had "safe" Frosted Flakes (not safe in Canada), Sixlets (when they were safe) and a lot of other things shipped to us from various parts of America.
arachide, I like what you said about us saying "eh" a lot. What is it Americans over-use though similar to eh? There is something. If I'm watching a sitcom, which is rare, I *might* catch it.
DRobbins, your DH ran into some good people, good souls as posted above. I believe they're everywhere. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Glad you got some stock in as well. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 2:55am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]I once mentioned on this site that Jesse wanted to try a chocolate bar with rice krispies in it and it wasn't safe (I think it's Nestle Crunch - erik would know for sure) and an American friend of mine caught that one comment and had Vermont Nut Free chocolate with rice krispies in it sent to Jess.[/b]
Yes, it was Nestle Crunch that is labelled 'may contain peanuts'. A safe alternative is the regular size Hershey Krackel [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 5:24am
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Oh my goodness ... a friend saw this post and directed me to come read it. *blush*
Debbie ... you neglect to tell YOUR end of the story ... about how YOU were equally kind in running around town and shopping for ME, finding me things that I couldn't buy up here in Canada! So ... what goes around, comes around! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Cindy, I was so sad when all those silly rules got in the way of getting peanut-safe candies and chocolates to some awesome American families ... believe me, if I could have figured out a way around it, I would have! Maybe one day things will change back. Or the American companies will finally realize how much $$ they are losing out on from families like ours. (And they are crazy if they don't think that they are! Even the clerks at Costco thought so! Especially when they saw me buying 16 cases of Smarties at a time!!!! LOL!)
Anyway Debbie, I'm glad your kids (and you!) have a fix for a while! BTW, if your DH ever goes to Montreal again, you should go with him -- it's a beautiful, beautiful city! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 5:25am
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Erik,
Is Hersey Krakel a dark chocolate? *makes an "ick" face*

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 6:55am
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Hi Teacher,
Hershey Krackel is milk chocolate. It is the same as Nestle Crunch (milk chocolate with rice), except Nestle Crunch says 'may contain peanuts' on the label.
Please note that the mini size Hershey Krackel says "may contain peanuts". It is only the regular size of Krackel that has no allergy warning.
Always read labels to be safe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 7:14am
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DRobbins, I live here, and I still I occasionally get floored by the kindness of strangers.

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 11:55am
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I read somewhere about supposedly why Canadians say "eh". It has to do with our culture being notoriously polite..."eh" is equivalent to American's "huh".
Example...
"It's beautiful out today, eh?"
"It's beautiful out today, huh?"
Both are an invitation by the speaker to the listener to interject their opinion. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]But because Canadians are so polite, we use it more often.
What is funny is that my American cousins noticed that DH and I don't say "eh" hardly at all, while Ds says it A LOT.
Anyhow...I do love Canada and have met a lot of great people here. However, I know some really kind and thoughtful Americans as well..... eh? lololol

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