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There is a new Pe+$m@r+ that opened by my house yesterday. I went there to check out their fish, assuming they would have a good healthy selection since they just opened. Well, I was very wrong. There was one tank with three Ryunkins, two of which were dead, and one who was in terrible shape and looked like it was gonna die in a minute. Then they had several tropical fish tanks with dead fish in them. I decided to stop looking at the fish, because it was just upsetting, so I went down the aisle to look at fish supplies. As I was looking at test strips, a woman and her son walked down the aisle holding two commons in a bag, and asking what kind of tank they would need. The guy said "well, you're gonna need something that's kinda big." I was pleased to hear this, until I saw the woman grab a 5 gallon as ask "like this?" The employee was like, "well no, maybe something like this" and shows her a 10 gallon tank. The woman argued that she didn't want to spend that much, and the employee was like "oh, well I guess the 5 gallon should be okay." At that point I was mad that the guy was being an idiot, so I turned to them and said "I don't mean to butt in, but you're gonna want something a lot bigger than that, otherwise the fish are gonna die young, and I'm sure your son wouldn't want his new pets to die so soon." I then explained how if she bought something like that, the water would be dirty all the time, and it's just gonna be more of a hassle than it's worth. The woman was thankfully very responsive to what I told her and asked me what type of fish she could keep in the 5gal. I offered to show her and the employee actually mumbled something under his breath and when I asked what he said he just gave me a really nasty look and walked a way. I talked the woman into getting a betta and her son found a blue one he liked and was so excited about it. Then when I was going to but test strips, I saw the employee who gave me an attitude, and he was talking to a coworker and he pointed at me. He must've been talking about me. I was so blown away that this guy was such a jerk just because I was trying to help. Oh well, at least I saved two goldfish from living in a too-small tank.

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Good for you! I totally would have told on him, too. He doesn't need to work there, obviously. And it's my opinion that they need to be more selective in the people they hire.

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You did a GREAT thing, and look what a positive outcome it had! Don't let that lame guy bother you, you know you did the right thing and that's all that matters! You probably just hurt his fragile pride :lol1

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What a creep, but good job in giving that family a great start to having a happy fish!

I worked at a pet store in the summer, only with the puppies and kittens, but heard a fish guy got fired on the spot for cussing under his breath at a customer.

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I wish my story had a better outcome. I tried the same thing at an LFS. A woman wanted to buy a couple of goldfish to put in a bowl! The clerk did sorta try to talk her out of it. Then, I too butted in and said "don't goldfish need to be kept in at least a 10 gal tank?". Thankfully the clerk agreed with me. At the moment. He tried to steer her towards a betta but she really wanted goldies. She asked again if they could be kept in a bowl and he at first said that you shouldn't but you could when he saw his sale walking out the door. I had to leave before I said something rude. I tried. I probably should have tried to be more educational like you did. I'm glad that the customer listened to you. And POO on the clerk. He obviously doesn't know his a** from a hole in the ground! Congrats !!

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