A visit to Walmart never fails to ruin my day.
I went in to check on the Bettas because I've had problems with this store in the past. Once again they have let conditions deteriorate. Many were ill and in filthy cups. Then I came across a veiltail boy on deaths door. You could hardly see him through the dirty water. He had severe fin rot to the point that the bottom of the cup was covered in pieces of his fins. He was floating at the surface breathing hard with ammonia burns all over. I picked him up and walked to an open register. My intention was to get him free of charge and try to save him. If I couldn't save him then at least he would have died in clean warm water.
While holding up the cup, I told the employee behind the register that he was in really bad condition. She agreed. I told her how I had gotten Bettas that were ill for free from that exact same store in the past. That I have lots of medications if that is what is needed and the knowledge to potentially save his life. Well it turns out the manager who said it was okay to get sick ones for free in the past was no longer working there. She claimed that the new management would not allow me to take the dying fish because they needed to write a claim report.
Suddenly I realized why they seem to not care and neglect the Bettas so blatantly. They actually get MONEY off the DEAD fish!
They would rather get a tiny amount of money off him dying there in a filthy cup with his fins disintegrating
than let me take him free of charge. I told the employee that it was either he die an awful death with them, or potentially get better with me or at least die in good care. Her actual words were, "He is going to have to die here." I was so shocked that I couldn't speak... I could not in good conscience support the cycle of abuse with my money. So I walked away.
The woman said she was sorry, but I ignored her empty apology. I actually had to fight back tears. I was just so frustrated and heartbroken that I had to leave him behind. I will not allow his death and suffering to be in vain... I'm going to write to corporate, tell them what happened, and that I'm NEVER buying ANYTHING from that store again.
I'm sorry this ended up being so long. Thank you to those that take the time to read it. I just felt the need to share what happened with those who understand.