How smart is Pet Smart?

by admin on November 29, 2012

in Tyler Businesses

petsmartI’m not anti-animals by any means but I’m not overly-obsessed about them either. I don’t put cats and dogs on the same level as human beings. I’m not the kind of person who would refer to my pets much like I would my kids. There’s an obvious distinction.

At least it seems obvious to most people, but apparently not to some people working and/or managing at Pet Smart in Tyler.

Years ago, a family member and I were both looking for a job. We went to Best Buy, Drug Emporium and other businesses in that shopping area. We stumbled into Pet Smart where we were told not only were they hiring but one of the managers was doing an “interview” where he talked to a group of people looking for a job.

I found several things he said to be really strange. One of the first things he said was he wanted people committed to his store. He specifically said he didn’t want people who would take the first job they were offered. He said he didn’t want someone to come in that “Went next door to Best Buy or Drug Emporium or these other stores around here.”

So you could say that would be strike one against us because that’s exactly what we did because were desperate for work. Why would we be devoted to a business that hasn’t hired us or given us the time of the day yet? They haven’t earned it by that point.

That was only the beginning though. The guy speaking took himself, his job and animals way too seriously. He demanded his employees talk to animals and refer to the owners as “pet parents,” not customers. He went on to say he had to fire a stock boy who did well at his job but didn’t greet the animals.

He then proceeded to tell a story of when he went into the pet section of another store where the fish tanks didn’t have the amount of water he thought it should. After an employee there told him the fish could survive that level, the Pet Smart manager responded by saying something like,“Well I’m sure you could survive jail, but we’re not putting you there.” He was obviously proud of that comment seeing as he repeated it to us.

Safe to say, it was a weird experience to say the least and I didn’t get the job. I didn’t apply after that actually. The guy probably wouldn’t have liked me cause I don’t put the lives of animals on such a high pedestal.

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petpost December 14, 2012 at 12:52 am

very good post I’m not anti-animals by any means but I’m not overly-obsessed about them either. I don’t put cats and dogs on the same level as human beings.I’m not the kind of person who would refer to my pets much like I would my kids.There’s an obvious distinction,thanks for.

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