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So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...

Employment & Jobs By DON WINNER for - I know times are tough in the United States. In some areas of the country, and specifically around some cities there's simply more people than there are jobs as reflected in the unemployment rates for example in Yuma, AZ - 24.5% and Ocean City, NJ - 17.5%. For the entire state of California the unemployment rate is 10.9%. As a result it's not surprising some people might decide to migrate to Panama in search of jobs or opportunities. They might have heard about the expanding economy in Panama, the project to expand the Panama Canal, to build the new Metro subway system, and the explosion in the construction of homes, apartment buildings, and hotels. And in fact the unemployment rate in Panama is now down at about 4% and many employers are complaining frequently to the government of Panama about a lack of manpower, applying pressure and asking them to open up the rules to make it easier to hire more foreigners. I've heard rumors soon the government might pass a law or an executive order to allow some companies to have as many as 50% of their workforce as foreigners on temporary work permits. I think the government is working out those details right now. They simply have to, because there are more jobs than warm bodies to fill them - forget about training, education, experience, and language skills. At this point they will pretty much take you if you have a pulse. But in any case...

I Received This Email Yesterday: People contact me often looking for help or advice, and I try to help them when I can. I've frequently said in the past it's a waste of time to send me your resume or ask for a job, because that's not what I do - I'm not an employment agency and I'm not hiring. Anyone who is looking for work needs to talk to the guys who have the jobs, and that's not me - I'm not a clearing house for people looking for work. But anyway, this is the email I received last night; "Good Afternoon Don, I was referred to you by a good friend that knows you here in Panama City, Panama. I tried to call both your cell and your US number but could not get through. I would love to get on your mailing list, and more importantly speak to you for a few minutes. When you find the time I would greatly appreciate if you could contact me real quick on a few things. My contact info is below. I look forward to speaking with you soon. Have a great day! Thanks. Zach Moore - 6467-6407 (cell)" Seems innocent enough, right? (more)

So, I Gave The Guy A Call: No problem. I didn't know what he wanted or who he was, but I figured "what the hell" and I gave him a call yesterday at the end of the day, just as I was about to head out of the office for home. When he first answered the phone, he thought I was someone else, apparently where he had submitted an application for employment. He said he wanted to see if we would be a "match." I sort of stopped him, introduced myself again, reminded him that he had sent me and email, and he said he wanted to talk to me, so I called him. That got him dialed in. He asked how he could get on the mailing list for the Panama Guide website, and I told him there is a spinning "@" sign on the left hand side of the page. Just click that, sign up for the mailing list, and there you go. But what he really wanted was to find a job.

Looking For Work: In the next few minutes of the conversation it became apparent Zach had moved to Panama very recently, exactly one week and a half ago. He said he had "met 30 people" and he was spending most of his time networking with the members of the English speaking community of expatriates in Panama City. I tried to figure out exactly what it was he expected to do for work here in Panama. He said he "ran an S&L bank" in the United States and that he wanted to get into the banking industry here in Panama. I asked him how old he was, and he told me he was 28 years old, and that he didn't speak any Spanish. He wanted to know if I was hiring and I said no. He wanted to know if I could get him a job through my contacts, and I told him no, that he would have to do that for himself. Mostly because why would I give a referral for a guy who I had never met, and who I had only spoken to on the phone exactly once. I explained that he had put himself into a rather tough position because he is here in Panama on a tourist visa, does not speak Spanish, doesn't really know anyone, and he would probably end up working illegally, off the books, doing odd jobs or whatever, just as a way to get by. Once again I tried to nail him down of specifics - like, what can you do? What skills do you have? What do you expect to do or contribute here in Panama? And what I got was double-speak, slick answers, mumbo-jumbo, and absolutely nothing solid, valuable, or tangible. My "bullshit" meter was pegging off the charts at this point. Then he started to try to interrogate me about my business and how I do things, I decided it was late and time to end the phone call. Good luck, and good bye. Click.

And How Does He Repay The Favor? I called him at 6:56 pm last night, and we spoke for exactly seven minutes and sixteen seconds. It was late, I was tired, but I wanted to see if I could help this kid out anyway. As I was driving home last night I thought about our conversation and the attitude this kid had taken with me on the phone, By the time I was 28 years old I already served ten years in the Air Force. I had done two tours overseas, learned two languages, and been promoted four times. I was going to night school and working to finish my bachelor's degree at that time. And if I had contacted someone asking for help, I certainly would not have wasted their time by trying to bullshit them or by being "slick" - because that's simply disrespectful. So, considering what this guy had tried to pull, I really wasn't all that surprised to find the following emails waiting for me in my inbox this morning. I got some colorful feedback from the newest member of Panama's English speaking expatriate community. To wit;

  • "Hey John Weiner - Thanks For being so rude to me over the phone. You are apparently are to big for your britches and think your better than others. I highly disrespect your attitude and will make sure to spread the word that you are not the person to work with, and I will comment/blog on any articles you publish. I will blog about the the horrible service that I received. Keep up the great work, and soon you will be out of business...... I am the type of customer that YOU work for, but apparently you don't give me the time of day. What the fuck kind business are you running. You may be having a bad day, but in my eyes you are a disrespectful dumb ass. My best regards, to you and all your success in life. Best Wishes!"

  • And then another one later that said: "Wanted to once again remind you that your the first person to throw me under the bus since I arrived here in Panama you inconsiderate bastard. Don't let the success get to your head and treat people with dis-respect..... If you were in the states and called on to me for help, I would give you the respect and the time of day. Don't you ever disrespect me again!!! Buenas Noches Senior Don!!"

Yeah, That Guy Will Fit Right In: So, if anyone is looking to hire a 28 year old asshole who doesn't speak Spanish, who has exactly ten days of experience in country, who decided it would be a good opening move to threaten me by "spreading the word" to his 30 brand new friends in Panama about what a disrespectful asshole I am - then you can write to the young Zachary Moore via email at or call his cell phone at 6467-6407. He's available in Panama City. He's 28 years old, and from Texas. So, if you want him to run your S&L, he's your man. Anyway, pound sand Zach. I thought you all might like to know about this guy - as a community service. It seems as soon as one guy is hauled away, they are quickly replaced by another fast talking "slick" kid, with no substance, a questionable story, and a questionable background. (So you ran and S&L in Texas? Really? That's fascinating. Would you like all of my money now?) Un-friggin-believable...

And A Hypocrite, To Boot: Later last night, after my new buddy Zach blasted off these two pissed-off emails, he tried to sign up for an account on my website. Thanks to that I was able to find his profile as "Zach1467" on the website. He calls himself a Christian and says he's "very serious about it." Well, apparently Jesus told Zach to go to Panama and to call me a "disrespectful dumbass." Oh, he has graduated from high school, and apparently has no college, so don't forget that if you want to hire him to run your S&L. From his "OK Cupid" profile:

  • My self-summary: I like live everyday to its fullest, and have as much fun as possible with my friends. Life is full of adventures and different things to do. I luv meeting new people and learning new things. I luv the outdoors and camping and going to the beach and all that stuff. I am totally a beach bum. LOL I am humble, funny, and adventurous

  • What I’m doing with my life: Well my passion and years of my time were in banking and investments, but of course that is down the tubes, so I have recently been looking at other avenues. I am a bartender part time and looking for other events ect.

  • I’m really good at: Having a great time and treating people with respect and staying out of trouble. lol

  • The first things people usually notice about me: That I am a happy person and you probably wont bring me down or get me mad or frustrated cuz I don't let that wast my time in life. Always making the best of anything and everything. I just hate to be bored

  • Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food: Dunno the last book I read was in high school I think. I like all kinds of music and food and I am not picky with food. I like most all foods it seems.

  • The six things I could never do without: Fun girls, friends, family, beer, sex, lol

  • I spend a lot of time thinking about: Business and how I can grow it to a higher degree of satisfaction. AND GIRLS OF COURSE. Had to say it since I am on this dating site. lol

  • On a typical Friday night I am: hopefully with you next Friday. yaay

  • The most private thing I’m willing to admit: Duhh I like spongbob... everyone knows that though

  • I’m looking for: Girls who like guys Ages 19–36 Near me Who are single For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating, activity partners, casual sex

  • You should message me if: you are reading this now. It's worth your time. :)

And Of Course, There's More: Like Zach's profile on the Plenty of Fish dating site. And last year he posted this comment in defense of Glenn Beck, in reference to a YouTube video done by a woman who was attacking Becks' view: "This girl is reading off the prompter of course as most of them do, and her brains have got the best of her. She's completely clueless on reality and is probably wondering what condom to slip on her bosses salome that's paying her to say this crap, and of coarse what subject her boss will cram down her throat to preach about tomorrow. Do some research on Glenn Beck and grow a pair! Your company is so despicable. Go to the nearest bar and get laid you tramp and start doing your research. zach1467 1 year ago"

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: crzhors on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 10:54 am EDT

And any bets on when he hits Bocas with big ideas? We'll keep an eye out for ya laddie...

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 10:58 am EDT

I read the entire article and have only one comment to make; "Jeez, what a tool!" Don, thanks for the warning to everyone about this jackass. Hopefully he will decide there are more fertile hunting grounds somewhere else and crawl back under whatever rock he slithered out from under. Zach, if you are reading this, I say you are the biggest tool in the box. We don't want you to go away mad, just go away, jackass.

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 11:01 am EDT

Just so wrong on so many counts. Epic fail, kid.

Hope he has a plane ticket home.

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 12:14 pm EDT

What a Douchebag!!! I bet this punk has some kind of record or warrant that made him leave Texas like a runaway horse!!!
Don, I belive you should use your investigative skills on this "ugly american". Vaya con Dios ...looser!!

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 12:28 pm EDT

Don you are doing a great job on informing the community about what
is going on in Panama, and I fully understand your thoughts on this
person who contacted you mainly to look for a job as you said.
You went out of your way to help him and all he did was show his
true self. I read your posts daily and get quite some good information
that I would not get on the news here in Panama. I appreciate what
you are doing for the community and I respect you for your dedication
in getting the info out there. There will always be some idiot that thinks
only of him or herself, out there , but you handled it profesionaly and
for that I applaude you for it. Keep doing what you are doing and again
thanks for communicating with the people.

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: oldmanandthesea on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 12:56 pm EDT

Don, you better watch out. This guy knows thirty people and with that kind of clout he could do you great damage, possibly even bringing Panama Guide to it's knees. After reading his emails to you, I'm convinced that he is a real upstanding, well educated, compassionate Christian. Or maybe not, just your plain old nasty bastard.

Clyde Jenkins

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 02:28 pm EDT

Don, I had to write in and say, albeit on the lighter side, that is the funniest thing I have heard all year. That Zach is hilarious and you too! I think you were too hard on the guy as clearly there is a job for him as a travel writer, having read his email and taste in food, maybe he could write for Vanity Fair or the the NY Times and not waste his time with John Weiner, absolutely priceless, you made my week.

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 07:00 pm EDT

He's 28 now and ran a S&L in the past??? I wonder how many 25 -27 year olds run a bank. In his case S&L = Stupid & Liar. And that's being generous.

Watch out for him around Veneto Casino & Manolo's. He'll be bumming money from gullible tourists pretty soon.

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 11:16 pm EDT

Hi Don, I do enjoy reading your stories, and your opinions, or comments, added to the news stories. . I try to read them most days, so please keep them coming. I think this young man, thought he could send you a couple of nasty emails, and that would be it. It probably made him feel sooooo good in doing that.

I really would have liked to see his face when he read this story, seen his own picture, and the read the mumble jumble crap he entered on the dating service. They say some things are priceless, and this one is, I am sure when he read about himself, and seen his picture, the shock of him being exposed.......... he peed his pants. Good for you.

If finding a good job here in Panama was his objective, I think his chances are next to none. I hired a number of people over my working years in my dept. This type of conduct would have never ever even got his foot into the door. This shows me, and anyone else reading his emails what type of character he really is . Incredible is the only word that comes to mind. Enjoy your week.

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 28 2012 @ 05:23 pm EDT

Don't you just love the ones with a sense of entitlement? Thank you for taking the time to expose this fellow. I have come to the conclusion that the only way to deal with scum sucking, bottom feeding maggots of this ilk is to publicly humiliate them. The sad thing is that he is such a cretin he probably won't learn the valuable lesson you provided, but will go through life wondering why he seems to travel from failure to failure on Sorryass Highway.
But, we can all take pleasure in knowing that someone with this level of ego cannot help but read, then re-read, then obsess about, every sentence you have written and every comment offered in response to your article. Sweet Dreams Kiddo!

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 01:47 pm EDT

Being from Canada and looing for work in Panama myself in 2006 I know it is far from easy when you do not know spanish and have little to offer other then speaking english fluently, Moreover this is not a good reaction but I do thank you for posting it as it did make me smile reading it.

So This New Kid Calls Me, Looking For A Job...
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 04 2012 @ 05:17 pm EDT

Wow, what a Con man!, this does remind me of another person behavior we all know who name rhymes with 'Smerick'... Perhaps this kid is need of off his Meds for schizophrenia or bipolar-ism...? This is scary.. it reminds of all the loonies unmedicated outpatients that are out there in the General public. This on is a dangerous delusion in his own mind. He will never last in Panama and obviously didn't in the US. Perhaps he had something to do with the Savings and loan debacle, oh yeah like that's the truth... Good for you Don, you did well...