I stopped at petco today to grab another bag of carefresh and some treats for my ratties and of course while I was there, I HAD to look at the rats there. They were so cute (nevermind that their cages were dirty and it was only 10 am - rahhhh!)
They were so adorable though - I was talking to them through the glass and mainly looking like a big freaking dork when I realized that this kid (between 18-22 probably) was standing next to me along with an older woman that I found out was his mother. They were looknig at the ratties too and giggling at my antics through the window, which made me think that they were actually potential buyers.
Now even though I have a permanent case of GGMR fever, I thought I would move over and let the buyers see better. We started chatting and they told me they were there to get a couple of rats for their snake. :?
Mind you, this was AFTER they had seen me dorking out over the rats and AFTER agreeing w/ me of how cute they were, etc. AND, mind you that this was ALSO after we had discussed the very LARGE sign stating that Petco did not advocate the feeding of live animals to snakes and that they reccommended the frozen nutrition that they have available.
These ppl actually picked up this little ratty and played with it claiming how cute it was yadda yadda yadda and all the time were planning on FEEDING it to their snake! Now I hate to be judgmental, but THAT is SICK.
AND they even had the unmitigated temerity to COMPLAIN that their snake had been bitten by a rat before in its 'feeding tank'.
And speaking of unmitigated temerity, they actually got angry with ME for telling the clerk that they were selecting rats for the purpose of feeding their snake. They said I 'embarrassed' them. I told them this:
Listen genius, your first clue should have been that if you are doing something that you cant be honest about AND that brings you shame, then you shouldnt be doing it at all!
Of course, I was the bad guy. I so wanted to buy up all the ratties so they couldnt and briefly considered doing so, but logic kicked in and I realized that #1, i wouldnt be doing the rats any good because Im not prepared or capable to care for about 40 extra rats and #2, the people would have just gone elsewhere to buy them anyway.
Why I have posted this anhd ranted on, I dont know. It doesnt change anything. And I know this happens everyday. It just upset me.