That is awful..... I just want to give the employees/manager a piece of my mind every time is see a Betta suffering there.... I can't BELIEVE even probably after walking by them a million times they still don't see the poor conditions these fish are living in....
Last edited by TwilightNite; 01-14-2013 at 09:23 PM.
I have been to ours twice in maybe 10 years, the only reason I was there is they shut down our local ma & pa pet shop, they couldn't compete with cheap walmart pet food prices. Now I drive 45 minutes to my nearest ma & pa petshop.
As long as people are willing to sell their soul to save 5 cents walmart will be going strong ! Them same people wonder "why don't we have American jobs anymore"
Not all Wal-Marts sell Bettas, and out of the ones that do, not all are bad. The one I worked at had a Betta enthusiast working in the pet department and he kept great care of the Bettas.
There's plenty of other pet stores out there that treat their bettas as bad or worse than wal-Mart.
I will have to say the two petco's i have been to and the one petsmart take better care of their fish. They are not perfect conditions but well enough the fish are healthy and few ever die or get sick. Also my current petco the fish lady is pretty betta savey and steers people away from tiny fishbowl homes and tells people to check around for the dollar per gallon sales and get a bigger tank for cheaper and then get the fish.
I don't understand, why are you returning the female? Why purchase her in the first place if not to give her a better home? Seems rather cruel to stress her further with a car trip there and now another back.
Although I am not American, Walmart sounds like a horrible business even outside of the way some stores treat their bettas. Unfortunately, people are always going to buy cheap and the convenience of having a lot of things in the one place for less, is why those kind of stores are always going to win out over specialist, small business.
Bettas seem to be sold in weird places overseas though. Only place we get them here are pet/fish stores.
Walmart also treats their workers badly. Watch some documentaries on it they all say the same. It is a bad store all around.
I noticed, Walmart employees always seem depressed or braindead. A girl who worked at the registers was my friend in highschool and she looked so down I hardly recognized her. O.o it was pretty scary, I seldom go to Walmart and am never going back after I return my dead girl.
Yeah, my brother and his girlfriend both worked there, at more than one location. Walmart is a joke.
I really want to start snapping pictures of the dead bettas and fish I see there, print them all off and tape them all over their fish tanks with elaborate paragraphs a out how they died and why Walmart sucks and knows nothing about fish care. I'd also like to share that with the manager at my Walmart, their websites, corporate, and every passerby who never looks at the fish department.
Our Walmart will kick customers out for the dumbest of things so I don't doubt that I'd be kicked out, but the employees don't ever listen to my complaints so there has got to be at least one person who cares...
If you were working long hours, getting paid minimum wage you're not going to be too HAPPY either.
Even if a employee cares about animals, Walmart is such a HUGE store. They're not going to want an employee hanging out in the pet department all day long unless there is a customer that complains.
As an employee, you fill in WHEREVER they need you & if you spend most of your work day in the pet department and you're not assigned to be there by a manager/supervisor you'll get WARNING first, 2nd time you'll probably get FIRED.
It's hard for regular people to be enthusiastic & joyful when they're fully AWARE of being trapped in a dead end job with little or no other avenues to turn to.
Pet department is probably less than 5% of Walmart's overall business.
Why would the business dedicate more resources to that?
Again, not all Wal-Marts treat their employees badly. I very much enjoyed the Wal-Mart I worked for, and I certainly don't consider myself brain-dead. Our manager was very kind to us. Yes, we didn't get paid big bucks, but the Wal-Mart I worked for paid well over minimum wage (I was paid $3.00 over minimum wage when I started working there), and very few people were on welfare.
I realize this may be a rarity, but if I had to work for Wal-Mart again, I probably would. I'm a teacher now, but given this economy, and the way teachers are being cut left and right, there's a good possibility I'll end up there again in the future.