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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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So, I was escorted out of Walmart

The local store had been pretty good up until back to school. They had taken the fish off of the cold metal and onto some pads, out of cold air flow and only had a few at a time. Once back to school hit they ordered about fifty to sell. In the ten years I've never seen so many bettas there. With four children, I end up at the store a lot during the week. I always make a point to go check out the fish. Over the weeks I've noticed the same fish from the same order there, slowly withering away. I stack up all of the poor dead ones. I've even snuck a few notes and betta care information taped in front of their shelf. When i went yesterday I literally cried. All but 4 had finally passed. All of them so skinny they were about the width of a pencil. One was near death so I put him in my cart to take home ( The only free tank I had was a 1.5g I use when i clean my males tanks) I promptly begun changing the other's water and opened a package of betta pellets and begun to feed these poor guys. (and the fiddlers that's shelved with them) I was caught by an employee who called customer service. I was told I had to pay for the pellets (which i had every intention of doing) and I'd be accountable for the fish if they expire. I scooped the other three bettas into my cart paid for everything and was escorted out. I ended up buying seventyish bucks worth of critter keepers, heaters and plants. Worth it! So many people had seen what happened and they praised me.

So, ontop of 3 males and 5 females I already have, not to mention all the fry coming of age....I have four more males. Minion, Paxel, Goober and Hans. SO MANY FISH!

Whoever said money can't buy happiness forgot about bettas.
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Good for you! God bless you. That's an awesome thing you did!
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Oh man, I can't believe you got escorted out, lol! I mean, it's not funny at all, but it's like some sort of unintentional but awesome betta protest. ;)

I'm so glad you saved them, poor little guys!

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Bootsie, you rock!
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I would not let that store get away with that at all you need to call the store manager and chew him out about their fish care then ask for the number to his boss and tell him how you were treated and what the condition the fish were in, and always when done talking with a person get their bosses number, and tell them point blank I called you this time so you could try to fix the problem next time I am calling the number you just gave me, one thing I have come to understand is all walmart managers live in terror of losing their jobs, it can happen in a drop of a hat, they do not like when anyone goes to the next level and next and next, because eventually you will talk to someone who is going to be so angry that they even have to listen to you and why this problem has not already been solved that heads will roll....
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You are awesome, good for you! I hope your new boys recover quickly. I'm sure they will with an awesome parent like you :)



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I ended up buying seventyish bucks worth of critter keepers, heaters and plants
I would have bought the fish but everything else I would have bought at a different store. Why give that walmart the satisfaction of selling you $70 worth of stuff when you just berated them for the treatment of their fish?
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I would have bought the fish but everything else I would have bought at a different store. Why give that walmart the satisfaction of selling you $70 worth of stuff when you just berated them for the treatment of their fish?
I did :)

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Thanks for all the thumbs up, guys. I'll always do the right thing over the "proper". I had my 10 year old with me and he was very angry with the care of these poor fish. He was there helping me with the water changes and though I scolded him after, he was telling the employees off. "How can you sleep at night knowing you're torturing animals. Just because fish aren't lap pets or pettable they still have thoughts and feelings.

Three of the boys are doing well. The first one I picked up (Minion) is sitting on a leaf, just kind of being there. No expression in his face, just partially on his side, existing. if he passes at least he'll be warm and comfortable.

I did get the managers number.I left a message and am expecting a return call today

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You have raised a fine 10 year old.

Open your eyes
Now is the time
To rise up
With darkness we'll still shine
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