So, about Walmart....
I work there.
There, it's out in the open again, bring on the flames and animal1st rageers. Bring it, whatever.
One of the reasons I took a break from this site is due to a serious amount of RAGE when it comes to PetStores (PetSmart, PetLand, Walmart, BIg Al's whatever, etc)
And I see people just hating PetSmart, Walmart, so on and so forth, yadda yadda...
And I kind of want to smack you for it. Because you say 'I"ll never buy from ____ again! I'm not going to help them get money!'
Only you forget, that your passive aggressive strategy won't matter a bit because animal rights protesters are a minority (especially Walmart customers).
I'm not saying, give up, or dont take offense, or dont get mad...what I'm saying is your going about a solution for the problem the wrong way. And saying 'All Walmart employees' or 'all Walmarts' is kind of hurtful to those of us who kind of need our job at the establishment.
Now, my Walmart doesnt have a live fish area, and if it did I would jump through hoops to get the job. Because I know I'd be good at it. It would be short-lived because I wouldn't be able to let a customer walk out fo the store with something smaller than a 5gallon tank for their retarded and uneducated fish ideas, but I'd try.
But it's time people remembered that no, not everyone is as passionate as us about our fish friends, or other animals. Some people have a family of a bajillion kids to feed, or a drinking problem, or debt to pay off, a car to fix, a wife dying of cancer, being evicted if they can't come up with rent money....
These people have LIVES and the millions of shoppers at Walmart are NOT going to stop living their lives long enough to give a rats ass unless you approach them in a different way.
being civil and polite is a start. petitions is another, so long as the petition outlines facts, and not feelings. People don't care about how much YOU'VE cried over the animal, so what makes you think they care if it's been crying at all? Diplomacy is key, the right tone, the right words, the right facts that won't turn them off,but will instead make them listen and rationalize to themselves how right or wrong animal treatment is.
It sucks, I know, you can't just PUNCH the facts and LOVING AND CARING into their faces, but you're going to have to deal with it.
Spreading knowledge would be far more effective than throwing a fit. Sure, it's probably worked fro people before, but wouldnt be better if the facts were common knowledge beyond the fish community? Instead of pissing off employees and managers, you could be helping them understand. If you care enough to boycott, why not go to the top with a petition and one thousand signatures?
I'm just royally tired of being angry all the time. There's a whole lot of the world beyond humans I'd love to save, but unfortunately I'm one person, and getting pissed about it every time I see a picture of a dead whale, finned shark, clubbed seal isn't helping those animals at all. It's just making me sick - as in unhealthy, lack of sleep, migraines, surliness that makes my already retarded social abilities abysmal.
So now everyday on FB I share a picture of a wild animal, and simple facts about that animal. Spreading knowledge in whatever small way I can. I raise money for Betta Rescue and for Ocean Conservation. And I try not to bum people out when I bring up the cold hard facts that we've already ****ed this planet up, and I'm damn glad the planet will live long after we're gone and try this whole evolution thing again. We just sped up the schedule, and as much as I'd love to see what comes next, I'm also exceedingly glad that we're a blip in Earth's history. We're a tiny chapter compared to dinosaurs even. We wont be remembered well, and for that I'm glad. And if there is sentience behind the chaos of nature on this planet, I hope it remembers 'humans suck' and not do that again.
See? I'm bitter. Bitter as all Hell. I still try to do good, but that bitterness isn't going anywhere. I'd rather punch most people than talk to them, I am just that angry deep down inside. I'm waiting for someone to start something all the time. I dont want to be angry all the time, but I am and it might never go away.
But I'm still trying new ways to deal with the problem, and still get all my facts before jumping on someone's case, AND I've acknowledged that screaming at people doesnt accomplish anything.
So yea. There it is. My rant about Walmart rants here on BettaFish.
It's a public forum, people's feelings are going to get hurt, that's the internet. And I accept that. What I dont accept is that people can choose to be better, but instead simply dont try at all.
Last edited by SeaHorse; 08-31-2013 at 02:05 PM.