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Author Topic: Anti-theft detectors kill fish?  (Read 14803 times)
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« on: October 29, 2011, 06:20:43 PM »

(shame on me) I just bought a betta from Walmart. The girl at the next register freaks out and tells me that when I walk through the theft detection bars that I have to hold the fish above my head or it will go into shock and die! This girl is dead serious and runs over to the greater to "confirm" this. The greater said that it is store policy because the laser or whatever make the things work sends an electrical shock through the fish and kills it.

Has anyone else heard of or experienced this? I think its just an excuse they use to not have to refund fish that have died due to poor care. Is there any shread of truth to this at all?
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2011, 06:28:47 PM »

Ive never heard of such a thing. I would think that humans being made up of a good portion of water, you would think we would get zapped too lol
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2011, 09:33:44 PM »

Does Wal Mart affix anti theft tags to the fish bags?
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2011, 11:40:00 PM »

The greeter tried to say that the lasers that beam between them will basically electrcute the fish. I thought it was a bunch of huey but they were dead serious.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2011, 12:36:05 AM »

I havent seen them attach anything to the bag when they sell a fish.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2011, 05:26:31 AM »

A "laser" is just a monochromatic light source and can't cause an electrical shock that i'm aware of. [Light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation]

The tags are just magnetic strips as far as I'm aware and the Paddles you walk between would just detect the magnetic field from it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2011, 08:19:55 AM »

I think they were putting you on.
Check youtube for a funny video of people walking out of walmart holding fish over thier heads.
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2011, 08:55:36 AM »

Where's the video? lol
I really doubt it'd kill them to be honest
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2011, 09:45:33 AM »

Sounds like a fish tale to me.  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2011, 09:46:26 AM »

If that magnetic energy would have the potential to kill a fish they would never be allowed to use it on people. Miscarriages, cell changes, cancer comes to mind.
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« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2011, 11:29:38 AM »

Its all in the tag. No tag, no issue. The type of tags may make a little bit of a difference. Tags basically operate on the same principle, but some are a little stronger (Gator tags). Again, no tag, no issue. With tag, little issue. Boils down to liability. 'If' there is any chance, then the store is responsible for remedy of that chance.

Personally, I have never seen or heard of this until this thread. When I first read this, I thought, hmmmmm, bunch of hooey. Then I decided to google it and there was a lot of information on the subject. More than I wanted to read.


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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2011, 12:06:01 PM »

I was laughing the whole time they were saying this. I refused to hold my fish above my head so the greeter did. I promised them I would find out and let them know next time I'm in. Im pretty sure they were trying to punk me.
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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2011, 12:23:25 PM »

I don't think they were trying to punk yopu. Management team probably got some memo to pass around and tell their employees to inform their customers.
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2011, 12:36:20 PM »

I dont think i could hold a straight face and try to tell a customer to hold a fish over their head while exiting the store. And besides isnt the scanners at the checkout line the same thing?
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« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2011, 01:04:24 PM »

I hate to say this, but last week I bought two pictus cats from walmart. Looked healthy and were less than half price of lfs.

I walked right through the scanners when leaving and actually had to go back in for something that was forgot before leaving again. So three total walk throughs and still two healthy cats in QT.  kewl

So I personally think its no problem.
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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2011, 01:20:07 PM »

I would think if the anti-theft detectors were gonna shock and kill the fish then it would die instantly? Am I right? And it didn't in your case or in Kilos case OR in any one of ours experiences so.....I think it is a bunch of HOOOEY!
Also Lizon is right about the scanners at the checkout and even though they don't actually scan the bag o fish, I haven't seen them raise the bag way up over those scanners either.

I would have a hard time keeping a straight face too!  11579
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2011, 03:09:36 PM »

Ok, so this is not a myth and it is not a rumor. How are we going to tackle this misconception? I don't think anyone actually answered my question earlier...."Does Wal Mart affix anti theft tags to the fish bags?" Again, no tags, no issue.


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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2011, 03:31:08 PM »

With out a doubt I think this topic can be closed. No fish have been harmed by being carried through the theft detectors at Wal-Mart.
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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2011, 07:24:31 AM »

Ive never heard of such a thing. I would think that humans being made up of a good portion of water, you would think we would get zapped too lol

Haha agree on that one. I have never heard of something like that either. But anyway did you try to google it? Maybe there are various sources telling you whether to believe it or not.
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« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2011, 07:37:02 PM »

With out a doubt I think this topic can be closed. No fish have been harmed by being carried through the theft detectors at Wal-Mart.


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