Just recently I found some work at a local hardware store, I come from a machinist background but was laid off so I was excited to take this time to venture off and work on my people skills with the general public, and working in a hardware store just felt natural. Everything is going good but over the last couple weeks I've been finding it harder to help people with the purchase of mouse traps, first thing I'll do is recommend glue traps or a catch and release tube, then crack a joke that they can bring the little fellow to their neighbor's house! but in the end I usually get the reply "NO, I want them dead". Most people also want product information of the different types of poison and right now we have some really good poison that the governments taken off the shelf that the store wants to push. This leaves me in an uncomfortable situation as not only am I giving options of the products available but I'm also providing them with information as to the best options to choose.
Overall if they choose not to use the catch and release products I politely tell them "I don't know too much about the other products, and I'll grab somebody who does". That works fine when somebody's available but regardless of if I help them or not, when I walk away I still feel like I'm helping to kill the animals and also helping the customers kill as well
This can't be too good for sila? I lie and tell people that I don't know anything (that's a fair trade for trying to save a life, I'm not too worried) but that only works half the time, the other time I'm partially taking part in killing and it can't be too good on a karmic level for the customer or myself. On top of this I know I may have to explain this to the boss or fellow employees, I'm thinking or just coming out and telling them that I can't help people kill animals.
if they don't understand at least it's out in the open, it could backfire if my timing is wrong though.
any thoughts or ideas? how would you go about this situation?