Locals and long-term non-locals seem (major anecdotal 'seem' here) to dump vitriol on people with relatively less power. I've seen this crop up in public where someone hit a taxi driver because he missed a turn, where someone dressed down a waitress for forgetting a side dish, and countless other service encounters where customers puke bile on the waitstaff when something goes wrong.
With a culture like that, it's no wonder that every local wants to manage people so that they can hot-potato evil from customers or above to the people below. So people end up wanting to skip the journeyman stage of skill development where they actually learn about their industry. They want power without necessarily having knowledge and responsibility.
So either we have a King Lear-sized problem here or maybe I'm just travelling in different circles now and this stuff happens everywhere at a constant rate.