So we have all heard the RIDICULOUS things petstore associates have said. Well I have had a few no-brainers. At Petco I overheard a guy ask what kind of fish can live with my betta, and he was holding a little Kritter Kreeper which was probably the smallest. She hesitated but replied with "A frog and umm.... I think a goldfish.." Clearly she had no idea. But she was spared a lecture from me when she went to ask someone else. She came back and replied that no fish could be in that size tank except maybe a frog. Again, I almost went up to him but as I started walking up, he said it was ok and he would rather not. Smart move.
Another experience was at PetSmart when I was buying a Mini Bow Aquarium and a heater for a betta I was planning to get in the future. I wasn't sure whether a coupon applied to that tank so I asked an associate, who replied with a quick yes and seemed in a hurry. She then asked if I was going to get a betta for that tank. I answered yes but not now, and she said, "Well, you don't need a heater for a betta." I said I was pretty sure that you did need one. She gave me an exasperated look and said, "I have several bettas at home and none of them have heaters. They are fins at room temperature. But, hey, if you wanna buy it you go ahead, more sales for me." Well that got me pretty mad so we paid and left.
W know now not to go to Petco to get any Parakeets because the lady at one of our Petcos tried to catch that poor budgie with a net. Too scared to put a hand in. I left the store when I saw her pick up a net. My mom told me what happened. Egh. Our Petsmart handles budgies much more appropriately and even clip their wings nicely when you buy one. I didn't see that either because originally it was my sister's pet but now its more of ours.
I'm sure all of you have had more problems with clerks and at a much worse scale. No pun intended. I learned to do all of my research at home, rather than listen to those few who have no idea what they are talking about.