Re: Rant: maybe I should have taken up the guitar instead !
I think asking for different heads is way over the top.
They should let you hit them and maybe tune them but then you risk having to go retune the drums after every tom, dick, and harry tunes them all over the place and leaves them that way.
Your experience was not that bad,I have heard of much worse. Plus you say your saving for V-drums so you probably do not have the money to purchase right away,which I imagine a good salesman would be able to notice right off the bat.
I do not envy anyone who has to support themselves by selling musical instruments.