I've been reading many touching stories about bettas rescued from poor condition from pet stores. I think this is wonderful but it seems uncharacteristic to me for pet stores to simply give fish away (even if it is clearly in the best interest of the fish).
So here is my question to you. How did you approach the employees and how did they respond?
Call it professional curiosity. Even if I found a fish to rescue I know I'd just buy him/her because I'd be to uncomfortable to talk to anyone about it, but I am curious as to how the exchanges went down.