So I was in a local walmart shopping for wrapping paper and such, and decided to check out the bettas. I'm going to be setting up a sorority soon, and wanted to see what type of females they had in stock, even though I really never buy my fish from there.
Anyway I was looking at the fish (there were only 6 bettas there, 4 vt females and 2 vt males) when a guy came over to talk to the employee who was also in the aisle. I overheard the man asking how many bettas they usually get in in a shipment, the employee told him anywhere from 20 - 30, but they only get shipments in 2x a month. The man then asked when the next shipment was, the employee told him the next shipment would be in on Friday.
The man then proceeded to explain that his brother was getting married soon and they wanted live bettas as center pieces on all of the tables. He was looking to come in the day the new bettas came in and pick out "15 of the nicest ones available" He also said he only wants the pretty ones with the long tails (males), not the little ugly ones with the sort tails (females)
The employee asked the man what would happen to the bettas once the wedding was over, and the man said that whoever wanted one could have one, and the ones that no one wanted would probably get dumped into the pond behind his house...
Then before the employee could say anything the man thanked him for all his help, said he would be back on friday, and walked away...
I couldn't believe it, that is just sickening... Bettas are not decorations, and they are certainly not able to live in a pond!!! Omg!!!