This also applies to aquariums, and In one case I saved someone from losing a finger
Here’s how it happened:
It all started with this little guy
(In this picture he was pissed off because I gave him two mussels, but I gave the remaining ones to other fish)
Hes a porcupine puffer, a notoriously food oriented saltwater fish.
Our tanks have black wooden ‘flaps’ that the employees can lift up to get inside the tanks. This keeps customers from reaching into them, and also keeps jumping fish Inside the tanks.
Enter stage left- sorority girl and dudebro boyfriend.
I walk back to the tanks to ask if they need anything, and lo and behold, sorority girl had lifted up the flap and is starting to reach into the tank towards a puffer that is snapping at the glass and swimming back and forth so quickly that water is splashing out of the tank and onto the floor.
So naturally I yell “STOP, DONT TOUCH THAT” and she retracts her hand. And I quickly explain that puffers, and especially 12 inch basketball sized puffers have incredibly strong jaws and sharp teeth, and he can easily mangle, break, or eat a finger thinking it was food.
Then I have to listen to her boyfriend yell at me for fifteen minutes about how we shouldn’t have dangerous animals and he would have sued if his girlfriend was hurt.
And I just calmly walk him over to the sign (posted five feet away) that says “do not touch tanks or tap on glass. An Employee would be happy to assist you!”, before telling him that In all of the years I have worked in pet stores I have never had a child attempt to open a tank, much less someone who was supposed to be an adult.
TL;DR Bird, fish, reptile, whatever- DO NOT OPEN THE CAGES IN A PET STORE OR REACH INSIDE THEM.
Seriously though, the number of grown adults who pitch a WHINY HISSY FIT when I tell them that they can’t take an animal home is astounding.
My favorite one from this holiday season was a man with a young girl (about 5 or 6 years old) and a teenage boy. The man approaches me and, without me even asking what I can help them with, says:
Man: So we had a goldfish in a bowl and my son changed the food and it died! Son: (clearly offended, yet texting) It wasn’t MY fault! Me: Actually the reason it more than likely died is because goldfish REALLY shouldn’t be kept in bowls. Man: Well it’s a big bowl, like this! (mimes about a gallon-sized bowl shape) Me: Yeah, that’s actually pretty darn tiny. Man: Well anyway, we want to get another one. Girl: I want three! Me: Unfortunately I can’t sell you a fish today– your setup really isn’t going to work for a goldfish. You’re going to need at least 10 gallons for just ONE and even then you’re going to have to upgrade within a month or so. Goldfish really aren’t a beginner fish…
As I say that I brace myself knowing what’s coming up. Almost every time I refuse sale of a fish, I get the same reaction: outrage and demanding to talk to the manager, etc.
Man: Well I HAVE a tank. Me: …I really don’t feel comfortable selling you the fish since I really feel like you’re not going to give it the proper care it needs for a long and healthy life. Man: What?! I said I have a tank! Why won’t you sell me the fish?! Me: How big is the tank? Man: 10 gallons! Me: I still don’t feel comfortable selling you the fish. I’m going to have to refuse the sale, I’m very sorry. Man: What do you mean?! Me: I’m not going to sell you fish today, I’m very sorry. Man: I demand to talk to your manager!!! Me: -points to nametag- Sir, I AM the manager. Man: -takes a full pause, not expecting this- Man: So you’re not going to sell me a fish, really? These 15-cent fish that you feed to turtles, you’d sell it for that but not to me?? Me: If you had the setup for it, I would be more than happy to. Man: I told you I have a tank! Me: You told me you had your fish in a bowl. I honestly believe you are just saying this to get the fish at this point, sir, I’m sorry. Man: What do you I have to do, bring in a picture to prove I have it?? Me: -calling his bluff in a cheerful tone- Absolutely! I would love to see pictures of your tank and I would be more than happy to help you stock it after seeing your setup! Man: (He takes another full pause) I’m going to call the company and COMPLAIN about you! This is ridiculous, what’s the number to complain?? Me: I’m afraid I don’t know that off the top of my head sir. Man: You don’t know the company number??? Me: No sir, but I believe it’s on our website.
While this was going on, the teenage boy was in the reptiles aisle texting and the girl was watching the turtles swim around in our tank nearby. The man then grabs his daughter by the hand and does this in front of other customers:
Man: Let’s go– the lady’s not going to sell us fish. She’s a MEAN LADY. (he’s staring directly at me as I stand there with no expression on my face) Girl: Oh we’re not getting fish? -not even upset- Man: Yeah because she’s a MEAN LADY. (he says these words at a higher volume and with more emphasis)
He continues to repeat that phrase as he exits down the reptile aisle, making customers uncomfortable and I just shrug and go back to what I was doing before this scene.
An hour later I get a call from corporate.
NC: Hi, this is the national center, we just wanted to ask about the conditions surrounding a complaint we received about you. A customer has complained that you wouldn’t sell him a fish even after stating he had the correct setup. We just would like to hear your side of the story. Me: (I tell him about the fact the guy had a goldfish in a bowl and then changed his story saying he had a tank and that I refused sale because I didn’t feel he was being honest or would care for the animal) Me: And then he left the store, calling me a “mean lady” several times in a loud voice and said he would call you guys. NC: Ok Christina, I just wanted to let you know that we agree with you 100% and that you did everything you were supposed to. We wish you a very happy holiday season and I hope your shift goes well! Me: Thank you! You too!
I did a little happy dance and told the other manager on duty, who didn’t believe me when I said the company would have my back on the issue (he thought the company would bend over backwards for the guy and it would bite me in the butt)
BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER
The next day I come in for work at 2PM to find out from my general manager that the guy had called the store (after the nat center told him I was correct, mind you) to complain about me and saying that my behavior was “irresponsible” and that I was “unprofessional” and that I should be reprimanded or fired.
My general manager just said “Well I’m sorry to hear that sir but you see, she has NEVER gotten a complaint as long as she has worked for the company and the national center has already stated that she has done everything according to policy. Sorry you feel that way, man, but there’s nothing I’m going to do against her in this situation.”
Made my week.
So, yeah, my company defended the life of a 15-cent “feeder” goldfish.
windy days where the trees blow and bells chime and villagers comment about being swept away
sunflowers! water lillies!
more ways to group things like the fruit baskets such as bouquets of flowers
keep all your tools on a tool belt that takes up one slot
being able to choose where villagers live or bring back something like the signposts
more conversations+replies! Just more things for villagers to say in general i’m tired of the same thing every day
letter system that recognizes key phrases/words and has villagers reply to it (like if you say “how are you” they would respond, if you write something mean they would get upset and not just thank you lol)
DAILY MAYOR DUTIES
duck villagers like the rain as well as frogs (i think ducks like rain?? not entirely sure tho)
meet villagers at the café, museum, beach, etc for a date sort of thing, like instead of meeting at your house meet at the café.
bring back constellations, or at least be able to tell Celeste she’s adorable again I miss flirting with her.
become friends with npc like u do with sable/ once you become good enough friends they get their pictures (ik u can get some special character pics but I want blathers and the able sisters and pete etc etc) at a certain level they can pop into your house uninvited
be able to send kk slider fanmail/ send mail to other npcs
a way to plant grass. Please.
fruit bushes, berries and things like that
MORE FLESHED OUT VILLAGER PERSONALITIES. I want villagers to be mean to me again and yell at me!! villagers that are cold at first and then build up a friendship with them! I want this more than anything else on the list tbh
christmas lights on houses and buildings!!
a main street similar to the one in HHD with more shops!
basically everything from HHD: furniture outside, furniture closer together you can squeeze through, middle slots for items on tables, villagers holding items like ice cream, ceiling decorations and curtains and windows oh my, possibly furniture outside but with a limit
resize things as a form of customization
ability to turn furniture in more directions
a big hide and seek competition like the fishing tourney where you have to find every villager or something?
give isabelle time off! Maybe a new character that takes her place when she’s on break, like phyllis in the post office
when isabelle has time off (sundays? Lunch time?) u can see her roaming around town
more colors/options for pwp, like the police station has two options. different color scheme choices for the campsite, café, any pwp could have multiple color choices basically
brewster stores gyroids again I loved seeing him geek out over them
something (like thanksgiving) where you can gather certain food, fish, other things, bring to a piece of kitchen furniture and make them into a food to bring to your villagers or sell (ex: gather a bunch of apples and make a pie) maybe a grocery store to go along with this? And you could buy exotic fruit from that store as well?
more stories like able sisters+tom nook, maybe blathers and brewsters gay lovestory or something
buy different styles of fish tanks and bug boxes, a big tank for a lot of fish, ability to throw fish food in
a new way to make paths instead of patterns with options for cobblestone, brick, asphalt, and sidewalk materials
in your encyclopedia an icon that shows if you’ve donated it to the museum
ability to rotate pwps/houses
more animations, for example Jock villagers can jog around town
library pwp with a new uptight librarian character that likes you because you’re so quiet
pwp on beaches+ ones made specifically for it like beach umbrellas
villagers contribute to museum and donate more to Pwp
areas away from the village you could travel to and explore, similar to the island, like woods, a winter world, maybe even some sort of planet you could unlock! Each have a few villagers or npcs living there, like the islanders in older games
Feel free to reblog and add any more of your own ideas or tag your favs :)
Would you ever go into an alternate universe? Maybe a different world?
(Alternate universes weren’t discussed until the late 1950′s so nobody really knows what the hell that is in this time period. SO, in turn, this blog will not be interacting with other bendy ask blogs and AU’S right now. :P -Mod Moon Man)
*picture is of someone holding a yellow flower with the white bold text: People don’t realize how cashiers often have to stand for 6-10 hours straight with a 30 min-1 hour lunch and MAYBE 15 minute break, there’s NO way for this to be healthy! *
No amount of stretching, shifting your weight, fancy shoes, or gel inserts will make this healthy. People are NOT built to stand this long, comfortably. I know people who got spider veins in their legs due to their long hours of standing! The poor newbies often have lower back pains because of this prolonged period of standing!
And she said, “One day, I’ll be in a bookstore, and I’ll pick up a book with your name on it.” She smiled and looked at me, her auburn hair swinging from side to side before she tucked it behind her ear.
And that made me fill up with happiness. It made me so happy that she believed that I could accomplish my dreams. So I told her, “Well, when you pick up that book, look for your name in it.”
There were two customers together, I’ll call them 1 and 2. 1 was buying beer so I asked for his ID.
1: “What, you don’t think I’m old enough?"
Me: (internally rolling my eyes) "I just have to ask if you look under 40."
1: "Oh okay. You can’t be more than… what, 16?"
Me, a 25 year old who gets mistaken for a teenager like every day: *smiles and shakes head no*
1: "Well you’re too pretty to be 17."
Having just looked at his ID, I know this guy is 34. So this 34 year old is hitting on me, thinking that I’m 16 or 17. Then his like 50 year old friend comes up and says:
2: "Hey, that’s my daughter you’re talking to.” (No this guy was not my dad, I didn’t even know this guy.)
1: “Well, she’s pretty”
2. “Yeah she’s gorgeous isn’t she? I like her eyes.”
Me: *internally screaming*
Now some people might be thinking, “what’s the problem, they were just complementing you?” No. They were being super creepy, first of all, and second, they were hitting on me thinking that I was a teenager. This is not okay. And male customers are creepy like this all the time with me. It’s not flattering, it just makes me uncomfortable.