never again going to honolulu aquarium society
So i decided to try and get back into the aquarium world last night by checking out the "Honolulu Aquarium Society" BUT THAT WAS A HUGE MISTAKE AND IM NOT GOING BACK THERE EVER AGAIN!!!
Heres what happened: a goodfriend of mine wanted to check it out bcs I had a good experience the last time when i went sometime last year (not this time). Once we got there, I signed up and paid the club fee ($20). Then we looked at the items for auction and then sat down in the middle of the room and waited for the first half of the meeting to start. Unfortunately the meeting didn't start on time (7pm) and we sat waiting and checking the clock because we still had work early the next day. My friend really wanted to just attend the first part of the meeting bcs it was a talk about bettas. Good presentation and good knowledge. But then the second part of the meeting is what ruined my experience!
As items were being auctioned off my friend thought about winning and then buying an item before leaving the meeting early (we planned to stay from 7pm-9pm: 2hrs bcs we had work early next morning). Amazingly she won an item and was excited to win. As we checked the clock it was already 9:30pm so we needed to be on our way even though the auction was still going on. I decided to pay for her item as a gift for helping me see how much fun this hobby was, but that was not the case:
I went over to the staff member who I paid $20 in order to join the club, and another older memeber who seemed like the president of the company. I kindly informed them that I'd like to purchase the item which my friend won and needed to leave early bcs we had to work early in the morning. I showed them the cash ($10.00) but that's when my love of the hobby died!
The president member looked at me and gave me a mean stare, he raised his voice at me and said "what! You can't do that! You just can't!... if I let u do it then everyone else will get the same idea!.." iwas in total shock at his behavior and reaction, I apologized and then went over to my friend and informed her that we couldn't pay for it. She was sad and decided to let it be reauctioned since we needed to leave. So then I reapproached the president member again and informed him that the item that I had won (friend won the item) could be reauctioned. He then gave me a disrespectful look and put me on the spot: "no you can't do that! That's going to ruin the system we have setup and its going to cause confusion with the recorders (volunteers keeping track of item/winners)". He then shouted "TELL ME SOMETHING ARE YOU GOING TO BE A VOLUNTEER THE NEXT TIME!?!!! HUH!". I shockingly responded "I don't know bcs of my work schedule". He then responeded "well then how about u pay for the item and put it in the raffle (random give away gift = can't take item home)". The other member then tries to calm the president member down by offering to let me leave and offering to pay for my item (in order to put it into the raffle). The two then argue but then come to an agreement. The nice member gives me a nice gesture to leave and so me and my friend leave the meeting. I explained to her what happen and she was shocked. She said we should get our $20 back.
Overall this was a horrible experience because of that president member's rude behavior and disrespectful tone of voice. Because of that one individual this clubs lost two members.