Pet Store Worker Raises Concerns about Man Purchasing $1000 Worth of Fish with Cash

In an unexpected twist, a video from TikToker Aquarium World ( has captivated 680,000 viewers with a story about a peculiar encounter at a pet store. The video, titled “Over $1k in fish and paying with cash? Something ain’t right,” features a woman portraying multiple roles—pet store employee, manager, and customer—relaying a tale that has left viewers eager to know more.

The video begins with the employee recounting the interaction: “Excuse me, ma’am, could you help me out? I’m gonna be needing a lot of fish.” The customer’s request is far from ordinary, as he plans to purchase the store’s entire stock of barbs, tetras, cichlids, and more, totaling a few hundred fish. The employee, surprised by the request, agrees to assist, but as the customer insists on paying in cash, a sense of unease grows.

“Something doesn’t feel right to me,” she confides to her manager.

The TikTok community has been left on edge, with comments pouring in, demanding the story’s conclusion. “Why didn’t you finish the story?” one user asks, echoing the sentiment of many others who are puzzled by the customer’s intentions. “Did you find out why he was buying so many fish? I don’t understand,” another user adds, seeking closure.

Despite the collective anticipation for a follow-up, Aquarium World has yet to release a Part 2, leaving the story’s ending to the imagination of its vast audience. This storytelling approach has sparked a discussion about the nature of content on TikTok, where creators often share narratives that capture the curiosity and engagement of viewers, even if they leave them hanging without a definitive ending.

There was one commenter who speculated as to what the “part 2” of the story was and it’s that the individual in question was hoping that Aquarium World would price match for all of the fish that were bagged for his order. The price match resulting in just a few dollars for the pet purchaser as the cost of the fish would’ve came out to just a cent a piece: “Pt. 2- Basically the guy thought they would price match the fish for 1 cent each but they don’t price match, so she had to put all the fish back,” the TikToker wrote.

In the ever-evolving tapestry of TikTok, the platform has emerged as a modern-day agora, a gathering place where stories unfold in real-time, often leaving viewers on the edge of their seats, hungry for more. This particular tale of a mysterious bulk purchase of fish at a pet store has become yet another thread in the platform’s rich narrative, one it’s hundreds of thousands of viewers hope will soon reach its conclusion.

As Aquarium World’s story hangs in the balance, it serves as a testament to TikTok’s charm—on TikTok, the journey is indeed just as intriguing as the destination, with each swipe a potential gateway to the next gripping chapter of an ongoing story.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Aquarium World via TikTok comment to see when Part 2 is coming.

*First Published: Nov 10, 2023, 7:30 pm CST

Jack Alban

Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot covering trending human interest/social media stories and the reactions real people have to them. He always seeks to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events, and facts pertinent to these stories to create your not-so-average viral post.

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