Here's my story:
Last January I was at Walmart with my family buying some water conditioner when I noticed they had about 7 hardly filled cups with bettas in them. Three were dead and the rest looked extremely sick. One particularly caught my eye, she was a very small vt and she was laying on her side covered in her own feces. I knew I had a spare 1 gallon at home so I bought her.
I released her into her tank not knowing what to expect. She was tiny and brown and looked slightly out of place in her new colorful home. She ate like she had never had food before and stayed near her heater as if she didn't know what heat was. I named her Pebbles.
I still have her today, and she is my little princess! She is a beautiful blue and red, and she has a ton of personality!!
I would agree Walmart is horrible to their fish, but luckily mine doesn't sell them anymore!
Rest in Peace: <3
Mack <3 (peppered)