They say he’s 17 years old and worked there for only three months. So why or how did he get promoted to “manager?”
Answer: Because I suspect they don’t mean “manager” here in the way you and I think of the word. You hear “manager” of a fast feeder and think of a middle aged white man with a big pot belly and a bald spot drowning in paperwork and stressing out over juggling the hours of the short-termer part time pimple-faced Beavis and Butt-Head teenage employees under his supervision. I think in this case, they’re calling every hush puppy jockey a “manager,” for much the same reason why every Wal-Martinez employee is an “associate,” based on this self-esteem bullshit. I figured this out implicitly a handful of years back when all of sudden more people, younger people and blacker people around here were all of a sudden calling themselves “restaurant managers.”
It’s just as bad in the white collar private or public bureaucracy. Haven’t you noticed how many “deputy assistant (fill in the blank)” or “assistant deputy (fill in the blank)” people there are? And if they can’t find a way to make a rookie janitor someone seemingly important, then they inflate his job title to “facilities engineer.”
And yes, in the case of this actual news story, my Hispanic radar is going off.