Economy is in meltdown. I know a LOT of people here have lost their jobs (a lot of people have PM'd me letting me know they feel my pain) so I figured, why not post what job you were in and why you lost it. Ready? Set? Go! I was (and still am for a couple of weeks) the Store Manager of a KB Toys Outlet store. I've been in this position for over a year and make decent money for what the overall job is. I've done everything from special events for kids to coordinating massive events like having companies and businesses spend a few hours after close purchasing thousands of dollars worth of toys. Everything from the local county magazine to the Children's Hospital to even a Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum business. When I joined my store (was previously with Discovery Channel Stores, which closed up to go online-only) it was in disarray -- it was being run in to the ground by 18 year olds and their friends that they hired. The store was trashed, there was little to no reason to why things were placed the way they were, and the store itself was a pigstein. I hired on my co-worker from Discovery and he and I decided we'd stick around for a year and then move on (irony). We decreased our defecit to our "Last Year" numbers from -23% in September 2007 to less than -3% by the end of the fiscal year in Feb 2008. In late June of 2008, my district manager offered me a chance to run the highest grossing store in our district, a store in Milpitas, California, for two weeks. I jumped at the opportunity and meet up with my Regional manager, the Vice President of the company, and the heads of many departments in our home-office. It turned out I was the ONLY manager there for those two weeks (the entire staff had quit), and so I had to unify what team was there and get them to have fun as well as their job. They made their sales plan every single day I was there, and my store back home did so as well. I got a phone call from the Vice President of the company personally thanking me for my hard work and that I was a shining example of what the company was looking for in their Store Management. Because I consider myself retail-suavy, as soon as notice came down that we were "no longer selling gift cards" because they wanted us to "work harder on sales" and "the gift card system is a costly system that isn't reaping the benefits it once did", I knew that was corporate legal speak for "we are closing our stores". One week later they announced the bankruptcy. And by the end of the month I will be unemployed But ... such is the life in retail. But that's the story of my job and the fact that now it's leaving. I can hold my head up high ... I was one of like, 30 stores in the entire company, that were still positive to our last year numbers at the time of the announcement of bankruptcy. In the worst recession of our generation, I ran a toy store that sold over-priced toys that most of them didn't work and was able to turn profit.