I am sticking my neck out here saying that I myself work for a LFS
, and that I can pretty much assure you that the sales person is way out of line. I am pretty much positive that the manager or owner would almost loose their head over that.
I ended up at the LFS
because I was self employed (and still am) and was looking for a part time job to help occupy my time. And since I was already a very regular customer and very experienced with saltwater, I got the job. (plus being friends with the owner helped too
) I was put in charge of the saltwater department. I maintain, feed, order all the fish, corals, inverts, etc. Anyways, i'll try and keep this short. I soon learned a lot of the hardships that goes into owning a pet shop. One of the biggest ones is finding good sales personel. LFS
's don't make enough to pay high wages, so your stuck with the problem of paying low wages and finding someone who truly knows what they are doing and trying to hang on to them. let me tell you, that it is about near impossible. When it comes to hiring, everybody and their 'fish' wants to work there, but nobody ever stays. In the last year I think we where able to hang onto somebody for almost three months straight.
When I started, everybody that I worked with fed the fish, checked the levels, added salt, so on and so forth. What we ended up with was, crappy looking tanks and dead fish. I got permission, (which was not hard) to take 100% complete control over the salt fish. I am the only one that feeds, cleans, checks levels, etc. I have a cell phone number that the other employees can call and get a hold of me regarding any ?'s. And when the new employees come in, I sit down with them and personally lay down the rules, evaluate their knowledge on fish, and do constant training. The result....beautiful tanks, lively fish and corals. And sales have gone through the roof. The only problem is that I have a real hard time keeping everything stocked
. So long story short.
I would definately inform the manager and the owner of the situation. Maybe recommend having them put some stricter guidelines on the way salt fish are sold. Don't hold it against the store, just the sales person. And if it is the store, keep looking for that one store or sales person who really cares. I can't be the only one can I?????? Atleast I hope I am not the only one
Remember, we are all in this together. Let's make it a happier world for our 'fishfriends'.