01-14-2012, 04:53 PM
I used to try to be helpful...I gave up...now I just do my thing and leave...
Nobody seems to appreciate getting 'better' information for some reason...they'd rather have the wrong information and then wonder why nothing works...
55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed
04-20-2012, 06:35 PM
WOW I can't believe this thread is still going! Haha, awesome!
I no longer work at a pet store-- I think it has been good for my mental health
My spouse is now employed at the best LFS in town, so now he comes home with the stories.
04-20-2012, 09:22 PM
04-21-2012, 06:11 AM
I called the lfs inquiring about a tank divider so I can split one tank between two male bettas. The dipstick I was taking to was trying to tell me it was okay to keep a full-grown male betta on a 1-liter pickle jar. I wanted to reach through the phone and hit the twit over the head >.<
04-22-2012, 07:47 AM
This was such a great read! Everyone, keep up the stories!
It's amazing how ignorant people can be sometimes ... the Petsmart near me keeps their fish healthy and the tanks have nice set ups, but the employees rarely know what they're doing. I remember I once asked for a few white clouds for my 10g, and the person refused to sell them to me because apparently they're aggresive when kept in groups... even though they're schooling fish .... ? I see people going in for plecos for 5g tanks all the time, not noticing the little info-card beside the tank says they get so big *sigh*
The first time I went to Big Al's, another LFS, I remember nearly fainting from shock when the employees started quizing me on tank size, set up, cycling, plants, fish, etc ... they actually knew what they were talking about, and corrected me on a few things!!!
"Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby
07-18-2012, 07:15 AM
I've worked at a Petsmart for 2 months now and I don't think I have any stories quite on the level of these. But here are a couple that come to mind.
First one is not a specific conversation. I've seriously had this exact exchange 5 or 6 times with different people.
Me: Hello. Anything I can help you with?
Person: What kind of food should I get my catfish?
Me: What kind of catfish is it?
Person: I don't know. It's a catfish.
Me: Well there are a lot of kinds of catfish. Did you buy it here?
Person: I didn't buy it, my spouse did.
Me: Is it one of these (show them a pleco)?
Person: No. But sort of similar.
Me: Maybe one of these (show them a cory)?
Person: Not like that. It's a catfish. Don't you know what a catfish is?
Me: We have maybe 50 kinds of catfish here.
Person: Wow I had no idea there were so many types of catfish.
Me: Yeah there are a lot of kinds of catfish. How big is it?
Person: It's sort of big.
Me: How big is that in inches?
Person: I have no idea. Sort of big. It's catfish sized.
Me: Well what color is it?
Person: Light gray.
Me: Do you know anything else about the fish?
Person: I don't know. It's a catfish.
Me: Sorry but without knowing what kind of fish it is I can't tell you what food to buy for it.
I cut the conversation way down to post it here. Throw in 4 or 5 more "I don't know. It's a catfish." lines and you should get the full idea. Usually the only thing I can get out of them is the color of the fish, which isn't very helpful in identifying it.
Another one was a lady who brought her water in to be tested. Her first few fish had died about a week into having them (clearly ammonia poisoning) so she cleaned the tank and let it sit empty for a week before getting the water tested. Of course it came up with 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate. After spending about 5 minutes explaining cycling to her she said that she'd kept fish when she was younger and "never had to do any of this before." Then she said she was from California, which is where she lived when she used to keep fish. She then went on a 60 second rant about how Oregon's water is awful, because she wouldn't have had to cycle the tank in California. "I hate this Oregon water" was in her rant at least twice.
One of my life's biggest "What?" moments.