I went to Petco to get a breeding tank for my pregnant molly. While I was there, I looked at the bettas. They were goregeous. I saw so many beautiful bettas it amazed me! One little girl, probaby about 6 years old, yanked a purple and dark pink male crowntail off the shelf and said, "I want this one!" They got the tiniest tank for him I had ever seen.
As I was at the checkout, waiting for a casheer, the girl comes up behind me with her family. She has all her fish supplies stacked like this, bottom to top: Tank, betta, food, decorations. That betta was panicking. I felt incredibly bad for him. When I walked to my car, they put all the supplies they got, betta and hamster supplies, in the super hot car, and walked into the store again!
I do like to see children taking interest in betta fish, because they are goregeous fish, but when I see a betta treated like that, it breaks my heart.