Fourteen yrs of loyalty to Petco company, customers and animals and my store manager can't find anything else against me but I occasionally feed treats to the rats & mice because I feel sorry for them that they will probably be finger food for a snake within a week so I try to make their life a little happier when I am cleaning their cages. My manager had warned me before he didn't like this but I never knew I could be fired over it.
I have never seen anything in writing telling us not to do it, only encouraging us to give treats to the dogs. So how shocked was I to get fired for doing the same for another species? I have never had an issue with it in all the years and the different stores and managers I've had so I was hit upside the head when I was showed the 2 cheetos I gave the rat and told I was fired for it!! This just happened last week so I am still in shock.
My friends are writing complaints to corporate but I doubt it will change anything. And Petco says in its mission it wants to hire animal lovers & train them to be sales people rather than hiring sales people & hoping they like animal lovers. Now the fire a loyal employee for her heart of compassion toward the animals. All of the work I do on behalf of their customers and animals means nothing to them and do you think my DM would go to bat for me?
Petco is CYA all the way and it calls Petco's ethics into question when they encourage and condone narrow-minded and skewed behavior toward associates by their management team. You don't deserve good honest workers Petco!!
Product or Service Mentioned: Petco Manager.
Monetary Loss: $25000.