For the past few months, I've solved the conflict by having my buggies shipped to the local UPS store, from which I can pick the box up for a $5 fee, and prevent any bugs from dying while sitting outside my door in the summer heat or winter cold. So far, this has not been a problem -- the employees at the UPS store have been very cool about it.
Last week, I placed an order for 500 superworms, shipped to the UPS store. Today, I got a phone call from someone there.
Employee: "Did you order some crickets or something?"
Me: "Yes, I did."
Employee: "Well... they're here."
Me: "Great, I'll be by to pick them up later this afternoon." (I had class until 3)
Employee: *pause* "Yes, please do." (in a rushed voice).
Um, ok. They're just some worms (think giant mealworms), they don't bite, and they're well-contained. As promised, I go by the store after class.
Me: (to lady at counter) "Hi, I'm (name), I'm here to pickup a package."
Lady: *eyes go wide* "Boy are we glad you're here."
Other employee: (walking up) "Are you the one with the crickets? I don't think they're alive. They're not chirping or anything."
Me: "Well, they're superworms, actually. For my bearded dragon."
Lady: *nose wrinkle* "Bearded dragon?!? Isn't that a lizard?"
Lady: *looking increasingly horrified* "And it eats worms?"
Other employee: *comes up holding package at arms length, exaggerated look of disgust on her face* "Here, you can have the stinky things."
Lady: "Yeah, those things stink."
At this point, I'm so annoyed that I just take the box, pay, and leave without another word.
Gah. I mean, I'm used to people asking questions about my dragon, but I can't stand when people treat me like it's so weird or repulsive to keep a reptile as a pet. I just felt both of them were extremely unprofessional.
Though now I know where to have my next order of feeder roaches shipped. *Grins evilly*