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District Managers Visiting Your Retail Job, As Told By Sailor Moon

No, seriously. What do district managers even do?! I used to work at Party City, and whenever the DM would come, we'd all lose our damn minds. But then he'd just walk in, look at the walls, ask a few questions, then leave.
Please tell me I'm not the only person with retail experience that totally knows this feel.

I hate you, District Manager Tuxedo Mask! You're pointless!

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@poojas If Tuxedo Mask was middle management, so many things in Sailor Moon would've made more sense.
@danidee yeah those are not transferable skills XD
@shannonl5 EXACTLY. All the district managers (or well, for the most part) are nice at Starbucks. It's just that 99.9% of them are outside hires, so they're pulling their contextual experience from places like Nordstroms or McDonald's or something else somewhat irrelevant.
@danidee oooooof. I knew one Stabrucks DM who was really nice who had worked his way up, but the impression I get is that they're usually hired from outside the company so they have no context for what goes on day to day
@shannonl5 Omg, the amount of cluelessness is sadly enough not too shocking at all. I remember when I worked at Starbucks, a bottle of cinnamon syrup fell off a shelf, burst, and leaked into the oven vents without anyone realizing it, and my district manager went "I think something's burning. I don't know what it is, but it smells delightful!"
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