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post #41 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-25-2012, 07:01 AM
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To be honest, I personally think you should maybe go up to her and say something like: "oh you have a betta! he's really pretty, they're such great pets, I've had them for a few years! Feel free if you need to ask me anything, I'll be happy to help"

...and leave it at that. If she doesn't ask for your help, then I think you should mind your own business (not in a rude way!). A lot of people (sometimes displayed on this forum here) don't like to be told they are doing something wrong. However if presented with an offer to help, they may or may not come to you depending on how much your boss actually cares for them.

In the end it is HER pet and HER responsibility. You shouldn't threaten your job and boss-employee relationship over something like this.
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It IS overreacting. If someone left an anonymous care sheet on my desk I'd probably laugh about it. Flipping out over it is silly.

It's good that you wouldn't let it upset you, but I don't think feeling insulted for it would be overreacting. It actually is insulting, in my opinion. If you can't be straight forward enough to either talk to them about it in a friendly manner, or suggest some tips of a forum... then you should just let it go. An anonmous fact sheet is like "hey dope! since you can't take care of a 2" fish, and I don't want to get in trouble for telling you how, here... read up! you don't know it's from me, so no problems, right?"

That's how it could come across for a lot of people. Slipping things to them anonymously represents embarassment, either an anonymous love letter, or an anonymous "take care of your freak'n fish" sheet. And if someone felt the only way to give me advise was in secret, it would upset me.

I still say suggesting the forum and casual conversation is the best option, and if you can let them know what's considered ideal for betta care in a friendl conversation that would be great too... but don't do anything secret or sneaky, because some people may find it to be sill... most people find it to come across as telling your boss she's unapproachable (having been in management and teaching, that was the last thing in the world someone in authority would want)
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So....Is anyone else curious how it went with the boss? I know it's just me being nosy, but I'm wondering if the OP ever did follow any of our advise. XD

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I agree... I'm curious how it turned out too.
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I would tell her that winter is coming around, and as well as keeping herself warm, she should also keep her friend warm. Tell her his color will pop, er, something. Make it more about keeping her happy (even though the Betta is VERY important) she is your boss, and you don't want to screw your job up. Or, if you have an extra tank laying around, bring it in to her as a present. It's a tough situation.

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