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It is very sad, but I would definitely recommend against going near the bird or taking it in. Unfortunately the problem is you have no idea what's ailing it -- in fact, my advice for now is to stay out of that store if you can. I have heard horror stories about pet shops that carry birds who are sick, and the birds' illnesses getting brought home to otherwise healthy, happy fids on toys and other items from the store. Heck, if you go in there and go near that poor lovie, and whatever it is that is ailing it gets into your clothes/hair or on your skin, you risk bringing that infection back to your flock, not to mention the MONUMENTAL risk of bringing home a bird that sick even with quarantine.
Heaven forbid it was psittacosis or something like that.
My advice? I think you should alert authorities. I'm usually not one to bring the animal cops down on a pet store, but if you have seen this bird and frequently told the owners and employees that it needs medical care (and from your picture it looks like it is nearby other birds in an open-air environment, which means it may be infecting other birds) and they've done nothing, they're abusing the bird through their neglect, and that's unacceptable. You can always make an anonymous tip....that's what I would do.