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At that point I would have said, "Well, since this isn't working out, I wish you luck."
Once, someone left Wal-Mart with a 6 inch goldfish, a 1 gallon bowl, and NOTHING ELSE. No food, no decor, or water conditioner. I think I saw her at the same Wal-Mart buying another fish a few weeks later.

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At that point I would have said, "Well, since this isn't working out, I wish you luck."
Once, someone left Wal-Mart with a 6 inch goldfish, a 1 gallon bowl, and NOTHING ELSE. No food, no decor, or water conditioner. I think I saw her at the same Wal-Mart buying another fish a few weeks later.
People see goldfish as cheap, replaceable pets. I regularly have people coming in asking if we sell goldfish since a betta is "too expensive for a fish that the kid probably won't take care of anyways".
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On a non-fish related note, I've had a customer come in wanting to buy live mice for his snake (which is common in our area unfortunately. Not many feed frozen here.) When I told him we didn't have any available since we've been having trouble with our supplier, he asked if he could have one of the hamsters instead. I told him we had only one hamster and it was extremely friendly and would only be sold as a pet. He then asked if he could have a finch or a budgie to feed his snake.
When I refused, he burst out accusing me of letting his snake starve. I said "We have frozen mice, but if you're that desperate for live, go drive 2hrs to the city and get a live mouse! YOU chose to have this pet knowing full well that if we ran out, you would be out of luck!!"
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I'm pretty sure the snake will be fine... I do find it odd that big box pet stores sell snakes... but no 'feeder' mice, only pets. Seems a little irresponsible, or just willfully ignorant. There's a point where the snake's gonna need live food... don't sell it if you're not willing to own that fact. Idk.
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I can't believe some of these employees & their lack of knowledge.

When im on a shift im not out to sell a fish to anyone, especially if the tanks too small / over crowded or what not, i usually give advice to save the fish they might already have. Thats something i told my other employees, if i can give them advice & save a fish then that makes for a happy customer (cause it has less chance of dying) and it means that the shop spend less money buying stock!

Lucky we don't have too many issues with bettas (except for a few) and most people have bought the proper tank with it (we sell a 2.5 gallon kit with everything included)
The biggest problem in our shop is the goldfish. People are so stupid when it comes to them.
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Fairly recently I heard a woman talking to these two young women, probably in the early teen range 'Well ok we can get you like...a five gallon and stuff but we should pick out some goldfish' 'Well if we are going to get goldfish I want three of those ones over there.'


...three goldfish in a 5g. *Claws at face*

And THEN they wanted to know how little they could get away with for betta. No filters right? No heater, no gravel, no nothing right? You never see that stuff on the aquarium pictures!

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How about someone buying plecos?

A small girl loved it, and her parents grabbed a *I believe it was a 1 gallon corner tank; or it might have been smaller* small tank, the fish, FLAKE food, and a "pretty" castle. Nothing else.

Anyone's fish store sell colored fish? As in artificially colored tetras? Well, someone bought a huge group of those, a yellow cichlid, a crab, and a few guppies. *Face palm + pinch myself to make sure I'm not in a nightmare*

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Ugh!!! I wish it was legal 2 slap the stupid out of ppl sometimes!! Lol
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My LFS does sell the "black-light" tetras.... What kills me is that customers and employees both seem 2 think they are that way naturally!! U remember the painted glass fish that were really popular a few yrs ago? Well, for those of u who didn't know, the color fades after a while. My eldest son got 3 (a blue, a green & an orange) for his birthday when he turned 7... In about 4 mo, they were plain old glass fish. He was sooooo mad, and swore we got rid of his colorful fish (or killed them), and replaced them with "stupid invisible fish with eyes". I felt so bad that I had 2 tell him they had been injected with dye & were really just clear fish. U wouldn't think that it would b so difficult to explain, but it was. To this day, I won't even look at those poor fishies, when I'm browsing their stock. I think it's cruel 2 "enhance" the fish with dye anyway!

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At least the employees you've all had run ins with have tried selling things. The MANAGER of my local Petsmart came up to me while I was looking at heaters and trying to decide what wattage I wanted. She asked what type of fish it was for, and I told her a betta. Her response? "They really don't need heaters." Like, what? Are you trying to keep me from buying something? I thought employees were supposed to sell things, not tell customers they don't need to buy something they already planned on getting. :P I simply told her "They actually do," grabbed the heater I was looking at, and went off to look at other things. She doesn't talk to me anymore. xD;
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