Well, I just got back from my first day at PetsMart and I have to say, it really wasnt that bad.
I picked up alot of dead fish, and bagged hundreds of crickets, which was kind of gross at first. I have always hated crickets with a passion. I got over the picking up dead fish with my hands thing almost right away, it actually made me crave sushi pretty bad. Some kid even dared me to eat a dead rosie red that I had pulled out of a tank, if he had offered me money I would have done it.
I got asked two questions about tarantulas too. I felt like such a master at that point because I knew the scientific names and all kinds of "cool" details. We sell The T Keepers Guide, so I was able to recommend that to this woman whose son found some Aphonopelma and wanted to keep it. She even had me write down the sci name so her son could tell his class mates.
I even gained a little respect for how PetsMart cares for their animals. They will spare no expense to keep a sick animal alive. Even a hampster or mouse. And we are not allowed to sell rats or mice as feeders. The reptiles were actually cared for correctly and everything was healthy. I dont know about many of the other chain stores, but the manager of this small animal/fish dept is really intelligent and (believe it or not) knows what he is doing.
I have already become a fish addict. As soon as I get my apt Im getting a 55G tank and setting it up with some Molleys or Danios. My house will be even more of a zoo.
Anyway, it was (all in all) a pretty good day.