NJ Walmart Kept Tanks Full Of Dead, Dying Fish In Full View Of Customers

Walmart shoppers in NJ snapped this photo of filth-darkened tanks that still contained dead and living fish. (Photo: Dina Ely/Patch.com)

Walmart shoppers in NJ snapped this photo of filth-darkened tanks that still contained dead and living fish. (Photo: Dina Ely/Patch.com)

We’ve written before about Walmart failing to keep its shelves stocked, but here’s a story about a different kind of neglect at the nation’s largest retailer. Shoppers at a New Jersey Walmart say the store was allowing the live fish in its pet department to fester in dirty, unfiltered water with dead fish sitting on the bottom of the tanks.

“It was a nightmare,” one customer tells the Mendham-Chester Patch about the filthy tanks she discovered when she tried to look at the fish with her grandson. “Most (of the fish) were dead, and rotting in the tanks… Many were still swimming — starving, freezing, choking on foul water full of ammonia and algae.”

Customers told Patch that the tanks, which had gone dark with pollutants, had been unplugged for about a week. When the grandmother tried to complain to management, she says she was told the manager was unavailable and that the pet department manager was “out to lunch.” She waited an hour to eventually be helped by a store associate who sold her the least ill of the fish remaining in the tank.

When Patch reached out to Walmart HQ, the initial corporate response was that this store had stopped selling fish months earlier. Patch replied with photos sent in by customers showing dead and dying fish in these dirty tanks.

That got Walmart’s attention.

“This is unacceptable,” said a company rep after seeing the photos. “There are protocols in place that were not followed, and associates (in the pet department) will be retrained immediately.”

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  1. C0Y0TY says:

    The comments to the original article indicate that many other Walmarts treat their fish the same way.

  2. SuperSpeedBump says:

    I give a lot of credit to the Grandmother for trying to save some of the remaining fish and sticking around to call Walmart out on it’s mishandling of living creatures. I can only hope that every Walmart will stay out of the pet business because they’re clearly not qualified to handle it.

  3. oneSqueakyWheel says:

    This person bought “the least ill of the fish remaining in the tank” anyway? A REAL disgruntled customer refuses to make ANY purchase of ANY kind at the store after notifying management of what they saw and the fact they will not shop there…. so, evil wal-mart wins again!