A mother raised some concerns after a recent trip to an Olathe Walmart showed tanks full of dead fish.
Angela Roberts said she always comes to the Walmart off of Kansas Route 7 and Santa Fe Street so her little boy can look at the fish. But what she saw Sunday night has her concerned for the fish and for other parents and kids who may see what they saw.
"We went last night, D.J. and I went together," she said.
The mother said her husband was bowling so she and 2-year-old D.J. went to Walmart to look at the fish.
"[The fish were] floating in the water and stuck in the filters in all the different tanks. He [my son] just kept asking, ‘Fish? Fish?'" Roberts said. "I tried to just avoid the question, what was going and I pulled him away, we got out of there."
She was shocked with the tanks littered with tons of floating fish carcasses. Roberts went back after her husband was done bowling to get pictures and report all the dead fish to a manager.
"[I asked], ‘What is this? What is going on here?' And he was like, ‘I don't know and you're going to have to delete those pictures or you're going to have to leave,'" she said. "It was gross, it was nasty."
A manager for the Walmart said they had a problem with one of their tanks and it's been fixed, but Roberts said she noticed the issue in many of the tanks and she believes the store has about 18.
"We go to that Walmart all the time … I've never seen all of them so unattended," she said.
Roberts wants to warn other parents before going to the Walmart or prepare to get some difficult questions from their kids.
"We always go there to look at the fish tanks, and how am I supposed to explain that to him? That the fish are stuck to the filters?" she asked. "Death is a part of life, but at 2 [years old] what do you say?"
After KCTV5's story aired, a Walmart spokeswoman said there was a malfunction in the aquarium system that caused a change in the water temperature. They have corrected the issue and will have new fish by Friday.
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