I Stole A Sick Fish From Walmart

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Rowan and her friend were just driving around, ranting about something – she can’t even remember what it was – and they were just in one of those moods that teenagers get into. Rebellious. Wanting to do something truly not good. So, of course, they went to Walmart.

Now, here’s the thing about Rowan – she LOVES fish. She wants to major in Marine Biology, spends a ton of time studying and researching ocean life, and just happened to have a clean and new 10 gallon fish tank sitting at home, just waiting for fish. She was known as a student who loved fish, the “Fish Girl.” If that was weird or not or if kids made fun of her, she didn’t not care. Fish were her thing.

A light bulb went off. And even though inside, there was a part of her trying to get her not to suggest what she was about to suggest, she couldn’t help it. The combination of her rebellious mood and her love of fish overcame her – “LET’S STEAL A FISH!”

Her friend Bianca couldn’t believe what she heard – this wasn’t like Rowan at all. Maybe Bianca didn’t think they were actually going to go through with it – it was such a bold move – so she went along. But Rowan was serious.

They get to the pets, small animals, and fish section of the store and there, all by itself in a tiny little bowl, was a little blue Betta fish. It looked a little sick, with tattered fins, sort of swimming on its side. A sick fish, the perfect thing to steal and for the right reasons. It touched Rowan’s heart, and all of sudden, it wasn’t only about lifting a fish and doing something not good, it was about saving this little Betta from its sad Walmart fate.

When Bianca saw the sad sick fish, she was totally in, and Rowan came up with a plan. She told Bianca to go to the Fem Care aisle and get a box of pads, and then they emptied the pads into Bianca’s purse.

Then, they took the container that the beta fish was in, and dropped it into the empty box – a perfect fit.

Neither of them had ever stolen anything in their lives, never shoplifted, and the minute they started walking toward the checkout counter they became nervous wrecks. They were shaking, and sweating, looking around, and Rowan started moving really slowly, over thinking it all.

Finally, they get to the checkout and pay for the box of pads, but NOT THE FISH! They did it, success, and they walk out to the car, when Bianca realizes she can’t find her keys. They’re nowhere, AND so they have to take their stolen fish back into the Wal Mart to look for the keys, which they don’t find. And, only when they’ve given up and go back to the car to call a Mom, when they see the keys are sitting in the car. All of that extra fear for no reason!

When they finally get into the car she takes the fish out of the box – Gilbert – for his gills,…. Not only had she done something truly not good – stealing a fish – but she had also done something really good – freeing Gilbert from his terrible life in the pet section. She was super proud of her self, she saved a fish, but she also felt morally ambiguous – and didn’t really mind the feeling at all. In fact, she loved it!

She realized that she never cleared the whole bringing a fish home to live with her thing with her parents, so, they concocted a whole elaborate story about a friend giving her the fish, and so, when she gets home she also realizes that her 10 gallon tank isn’t ready for Gilbert.

She has to use a big cheese snacks container as a temporary home while the big tank gets prepared, but even in that Gilbert is like a brand new fish! When he finally got into his new tank, it was like a while new world for him – he’s living the life of a king now.

So, even though she really did do something not good, really, it ended up being something really good. She’s not suggesting that others do the same, of course not, but her story happens to have turned out for the best, for her, and for Gilbert the Beta Fish. While this is a funny video, it is also one that makes you think and wonder if she did the right thing. She believes that in this case stealing was the right thing to do to save the life on an animal, or in this case, a beta fish.

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