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Old 03-25-2010, 10:10 PM   #1 
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Gave my Petsmart a piece of my mind today.

Went in to get Piper's bigger bowl today and of course happened by the bettas.

I was instantly INFURIATED. They had 12 on display shelves, about 40 on a trolley in the middle of the aisle (like some unwanted overstock) and none looked healthy.

One poor boy had mucky water A DEAD FLY IN HIS SEALED BOWL AND ONE AIR HOLE. Another`s water was literally just above his head as he was forced to the bottom of the bowl (top fin sticking out of the water) with the hole punched plastic from his lids airholes floating around with him, TWO with cotton fungus, 8 dead, 7 pretty much dead or struggling to swim, I would say about 30 had fit rot AND bites decimating their tails.

The little twenty-something employee came by as I was holding the first two I mentioned (fly and low water with plastic) and I asked her if she was looking after them. She was really sweet and I didnt have the heart to yell at her so I asked her to change the two worst STAT and when she saw how bad they were she apologized profusely and rushed them into the back room. She told me she would redo all the bowls. I asked for her manager.

I decided the manager was fair game for an earful so I told him that it is not the first time I have seen the bettas under sufferance but it was most definitely the worst time and that if its like that again EVER I will not hesitate to report him.

I was tempted to just wheel the whole overstock trolley out to the car with me.

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Old 03-25-2010, 10:21 PM   #2 
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Good for you. I would have wanted to take them all with me too. :(
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:34 PM   #3 
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Seriously GOOD FOR YOU!!!! when I went to petland here all the betta bowls were filthy!!!! and this was while I was deciding what type of fish to get and just checking different kinds out. the guy says to me "what about a betta?" so I go over and look and they all had minimal amounts of water in these tiny little bowls that were disgusting. Meanwhile all the other fish have filters, tanks, heaters, gravel, plants etc. Bettas deserve better treatment!!!! Im glad you threatened to report that manager, I wish I hadve done the same with the petland.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:42 PM   #4 
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That is just horrible! :( Poor fishies. Good on you hun!
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:46 PM   #5 
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Hi-five Goldyboy. Respected.

(BTW, did you yell or simply sternly talk? I was *this* close to busting my head open the other day, so just wondering how you dealth with it. heh.)
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:46 AM   #6 
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I have so much respect for people who do what you did because as socially awkward as I am, I am unable. Kudos.
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:38 AM   #7 
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Well done indeed Goldboy. I am not usually as brave to do as you did, but sometimes make loud remarks to a friend within the hearing of staff about poorly kept fish at shops.
You did exactly the right thing though.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:25 AM   #8 
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Good job!

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Old 03-26-2010, 06:32 AM   #9 
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Nice!!8) I may be gettin a CT this weekend so Ill see how that goes.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:33 AM   #10 
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Wow, great job! At least that girl was nice enough to do that and didn't give you trouble.
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