In a curious turn of events, a video from TikToker Aquarium World (@aquarium.world.18) attracted 680,000 viewers with interest in the story of an unusual customer encounter at a pet store. The video, titled “Over $1,000 in Fish and Paying Cash? Something’s Wrong,” features a blonde woman playing multiple roles – pet store employee, manager and customer – telling a story that left viewers clamoring for a conclusion.
The video plays with the employee detailing the interaction: “Excuse me, ma’am, could you help me? I’m going to need a lot of fish. The customer’s request is anything but ordinary since he plans to purchase the store’s entire stock of barbs, tetras, cichlids, etc., i.e. a few hundred fish. The employee, taken aback, agrees to help, but as the customer insists on paying in cash, a feeling of unease grows.
“Something doesn’t seem right,” she confides to her manager.
The TikTok community was left in suspense, with comments pouring in demanding the story be resolved. “Why didn’t you finish the story?” asks one user, echoing the sentiment of many others who are intrigued by the customer’s intentions. “Did you find out why he bought so much fish?” I don’t understand,” adds another user, seeking to conclude.
Despite collective anticipation for a sequel, Aquarium World has yet to release a Part 2, leaving the story’s ending to the imagination of its vast audience. This narrative approach has sparked a discussion about the nature of content on TikTok, where creators often share narratives that capture viewers’ curiosity and engagement, even as they leave them hanging with no definitive ending.
One commenter speculated about the “second part” of the story: the individual in question was hoping that Aquarium World would match the price of all the fish bagged for his order. The price corresponded to only a few dollars for the buyer of the animal, because the cost of the fish would have been only a cent each: “Pt. 2- Basically, the guy thought the price of the fish would be equal to 1 cent each one, but the price didn’t match, so she had to hand over all the fish,” the TikToker wrote.
In the ever-changing tapestry of TikTok, the platform has become 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 story of a mysterious bulk purchase of fish from a pet store has become another thread in the platform’s rich narrative, one that hundreds of thousands of viewers hope will soon reach its conclusion.
As Aquarium World’s story hangs in the balance, it’s a testament to TikTok’s charm: On TikTok, the journey is indeed just as intriguing as the destination, with each shot a potential gateway to the next captivating chapter of a story in progress.
The Daily Dot reached out to Aquarium World via TikTok comment to see when Part 2 will arrive.
*First published: November 10, 2023, 7:30 p.m. CST
Jack Alban is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot covering human interest/social media news and real people’s reactions to it. He always seeks to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events, and relevant facts into these stories to create your not-so-average viral post.