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‘She was having the time of her life': New Minas gas station doubles as ballroom


NEW MINAS, NS - A Milne Court Petro-Canada worker is becoming an online celebrity following an enchanting encounter with a customer.

Sean Fraser received an unusual request from the customer, a senior known solely to staff as the “Petite Belle from Britain,” during his shift at the service station on Commercial Street June 19.

The woman, flanked by her grinning husband, asked if Fraser would fancy a dance.

“I had never gotten a request like that before,” he said June 22.

An admitted two-left-feet kind of dancer, a beaming Fraser obliged. The belle grabbed his arms and he followed her lead, intently focusing his gaze on his dance partner. She started singing a song that, to Fraser, sounded like a tune from the 1950s.

“She was telling me how she used to love to go dancing and singing,” the 22-year-old said.

With the convenience store as their ballroom,they swayed by bags of Frito Lays and twirled amongst the ice cream coolers.

“I’m not much of a dancer, I’m sort of clumsy… she made that dance happen,” Fraser said.

“It was really cool, obviously not something that happens every day. She was having the time of her life and I was happy to allow her to have a little bit of fun.”

And then the belle was gone - but the moment lives on.

Someone on Milne Court’s staff posted a video of the dance on the store’s Facebook page June 21. As of June 23, the video had been viewed more than 37,000 times.

Fraser said everyone at the store strives to go above and beyond for the customers – giving them a break from the ordinary. He was shocked to see the video of the dance go viral online.

“It’s stuff that we do here every day and it’s not just me; it’s every single staff member,” he said.

“It’s nice to give people an excuse to see the good in society.”

That said, Fraser feels pretty lucky to be the guy who danced with the Petite Belle.

“She was a hoot,” he said.

“She’s a very sweet lady, very lovely.”

For Fraser’s father, Milne Court Petro-Canada owner Scott Fraser, the moment was nothing short of heartwarming.

“We posted the video because we thought it was really special and it kind of reinforced what we do here,” he said. 

“I thought it showed tremendous empathy and character.”

Sean Fraser received an unusual request from the customer, a senior known solely to staff as the “Petite Belle from Britain,” during his shift at the service station on Commercial Street June 19.

The woman, flanked by her grinning husband, asked if Fraser would fancy a dance.

“I had never gotten a request like that before,” he said June 22.

An admitted two-left-feet kind of dancer, a beaming Fraser obliged. The belle grabbed his arms and he followed her lead, intently focusing his gaze on his dance partner. She started singing a song that, to Fraser, sounded like a tune from the 1950s.

“She was telling me how she used to love to go dancing and singing,” the 22-year-old said.

With the convenience store as their ballroom,they swayed by bags of Frito Lays and twirled amongst the ice cream coolers.

“I’m not much of a dancer, I’m sort of clumsy… she made that dance happen,” Fraser said.

“It was really cool, obviously not something that happens every day. She was having the time of her life and I was happy to allow her to have a little bit of fun.”

And then the belle was gone - but the moment lives on.

Someone on Milne Court’s staff posted a video of the dance on the store’s Facebook page June 21. As of June 23, the video had been viewed more than 37,000 times.

Fraser said everyone at the store strives to go above and beyond for the customers – giving them a break from the ordinary. He was shocked to see the video of the dance go viral online.

“It’s stuff that we do here every day and it’s not just me; it’s every single staff member,” he said.

“It’s nice to give people an excuse to see the good in society.”

That said, Fraser feels pretty lucky to be the guy who danced with the Petite Belle.

“She was a hoot,” he said.

“She’s a very sweet lady, very lovely.”

For Fraser’s father, Milne Court Petro-Canada owner Scott Fraser, the moment was nothing short of heartwarming.

“We posted the video because we thought it was really special and it kind of reinforced what we do here,” he said. 

“I thought it showed tremendous empathy and character.”

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