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(Miami Herald)   Key West kayak company runs contest for job opening. Winner gets $75,000/yr salary, free island rent, and a great job   ( divider line
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2006-04-30 08:34:08 PM  
2006-04-30 08:35:23 PM  
I'm moving there right now! Any of you other farkers try to take this away from me, and I will kill you.
2006-04-30 08:35:53 PM  
too late fellow Farkers. I've already got the job. Don't bother applying

/moving to Key West.
2006-04-30 08:38:57 PM  
Read the first two words as "Kanye West" for some reason.
2006-04-30 08:39:23 PM  
You're hired! You start June 1st. Oh, would you look at that..that's also the first day of hurricane season! Good luck! I'll come back in October and see if you're still around.
2006-04-30 08:41:38 PM  
I stopped reading after the 10$ fee...

So why did noone take the job in the first place? Obvious hurricanes aside ;)
2006-04-30 08:41:39 PM  
She lost me at "work hard".
2006-04-30 08:43:44 PM  
Why dont they get some illegal immigrants. They take the jobs no american wants...
2006-04-30 08:43:44 PM  
robxiii: So why did noone take the job in the first place? Obvious hurricanes aside ;)

Because they weren't offering a 75k salary and free housing before that.
2006-04-30 08:46:41 PM  
Read the first two words as "Kanye West" for some reason.

I did too!

And, by the way, don't bother applying because it's a scam.

// did they believe that?
/// gets resume together
2006-04-30 08:48:41 PM  
Didn't I see this on a TV show once? Dude won the lottery and moved down there... As long as Jennifer Tilly is a prostitute on the island, I'll take the job for $65k. Let the bidding war begin...
2006-04-30 08:49:56 PM  
Soooo, what the hell do you have to do?
2006-04-30 08:50:47 PM  
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They never found the last guy, only his kayak.
2006-04-30 09:03:44 PM  
Sounds more like a publicity stunt to me. Even at $10 a pop, it could turn out to a damn good little piggy bank filler, and then they could always fire you after working there for a few weeks, and keep all the loot.

Don't believe anything that you read, and only half of what you see. Including this....

Kinda makes you wonder, huh?
2006-04-30 09:05:30 PM  
hmm.. I just thought of a great way to pay my rent.

uhmm...I have this like killer job you can apply for. It's like totally the best thing ever, you'll love it. That'll be 10$ please.

/questions the legality of charging applicants to apply for a job or enter a contest
//across state lines
2006-04-30 09:08:52 PM  
/read the fine print
//slash love for all.
2006-04-30 09:12:18 PM  
$10 application fee gives it away for the scam that it is. Try the Nigerian oil minister one guys, maybe someone will bite. This and the pheromone crap one have to be ads. Take the pheromones to Key West and get chased down the beach by some gay bear in a gold thong.
2006-04-30 09:20:54 PM  
They are taking applications until April 2007....cmon what a joke
2006-04-30 09:22:03 PM  
I call scam too. And BS. Yes read the fine print.

Plus they look like a cult :) Heck, they sound like one too.
2006-04-30 09:22:36 PM  
Yeah, sure, i'll apply.

/not crossing fingers, holding breath, or getting hopes up.
2006-04-30 09:23:54 PM  
They might make back a fraction of the salary offered by requesting a fee, but the advertisement they are getting out of this is priceless. Key West is one of the most awesome, awesome places you could ever hope to live, but it is very small. The rents and things are not nearly as bad as some places, either. However, it is best to have a job before you go, and a place to live, too.

Watch out for the hurricanes - but you should be OK.
2006-04-30 09:36:20 PM  
don't forget that it's an island with only 1 two lane road heading out. and that just about everything needs to be shipped/trucked into the island, thus costing more, of course there's the hurricane thing, and also the incredibly SLOW pace that everyone adopts down there. I used to go to Marathon and got trapped for three days because a gas tanker crashed across the only way out. bummer! but I'm sure YOU'LL love it.
2006-04-30 09:40:07 PM  
In 1975 my father bought a 1500-square-foot house in Key West, right next to the airport, for $175,000.

I thought he was crazy; comparable houses were going for $40K in Corpus at the time, and in my opinion--grossly overpriced.

Today that house is worth damn near a million, and the same house in Corpus would run $90-100K.

$75 large is not all that much money, when dinner in a "medium-priced" restaurant is $50 or more, and you can earn $100 grand a year and still not be able to afford a decent place to live.

$75 grand to rent kayaks? Something fishy here. . . pun intentional.
2006-04-30 09:42:38 PM  
$10 fee? You must not be looking correctly. Perhaps that is part of the contest?
2006-04-30 09:47:46 PM  
{i}"Job offer is for $75,000 for one year. You are required to pay all taxes.

Upon completion of the first year of employment you are subject to an annual performance review. Employment can be continued but free housing is only for first year."
2006-04-30 09:55:43 PM  
$10 is actually quite inexpensive for a job application. I recently paid well over $100 to apply for a job driving around strippers in a limo. Unfortunately, I didn't get the job but the pay was supposedly very good and the benefits - =D
2006-04-30 09:58:09 PM  
So after 1 year, if they decide to keep you, they'll probably drop your salary to 22k, and they stop paying rent on what accommodations their website is very vague on. And they're refusing one on one discourse. I'd keep my $10.
2006-04-30 10:01:18 PM  
This Key West?

Um, yeah, I'll get right on that...
2006-04-30 10:01:21 PM  
Cooper says she views the contest as a chance to help someone realize a dream she gambled on nearly 10 years ago, when she left a career in marketing to relocate to Key West from Connecticut. Like many, she made the move after visiting the area on vacation and falling in love with island life.

Why is it so many marketing people get fed up with life and go do something trippy and self indulgent like opening a chocolate shop, moving to a cabin in the woods, key west etc?
The moral of the story is never go to work in marketing, it will eat your soul.
2006-04-30 10:10:38 PM  
75k per year in key west isn't 5hit. good luck being on employed welfare
2006-04-30 10:16:25 PM  
I don't need this job. I'm helping a border official that arrested some African country's exiled former President with millions in American funds. All I had to do was arrange for the transfer of the funds and I get some of them. I just can't believe he chose me to help! I'm so lucky.
2006-04-30 10:37:01 PM  
Until the next hurricane ...... BWAHAHAHA
2006-04-30 10:41:03 PM  
Aspirants can check out the contest at, and apply by submitting a 300-word essay, a $10 fee and a job history.

Well now that's brilliant! Can't get anyone to apply to come to work for you - so charge anyone who does apply $10 "application fee."
2006-04-30 10:49:52 PM  
HELP WANTED: I need to hire 250 healthy, horny young Farkers to participate in a scientific experiment:

We are trying to see whether Heineken or Vancouver sinsemilla is a better aphrodesiac, so we would like to have you spend 3 days drinking and 3 days smoking, and count how many cute little round-heeled Farkettes you can ball in that time period.

We pay room, board and $250 per day, and provide all the Heineken you can drink, all the weed you can smoke, and all the Farkettes you can boink. Use of a company Corvette is also provided, along with an expense account.

Please forward $10 to cover your paperwork processing fees to:

-----and you know what I'll send you? An email from Brazil!
2006-04-30 10:58:57 PM  
What sounds too good to be

Although, they do have those essay contests from time to time that prove to be legit.

Wasn't the movie "Spitfire Grill" based on one of those? And the people had to send in a small fee?
2006-04-30 11:10:53 PM  
the ten dollars probably covers the cost of the salary or at least part of, depending upon how many people apply.
2006-04-30 11:18:14 PM  
If I had been posting this article, this is how I would have worded it:

STUPID: "For a $10 'paperwork fee' you can get a job in Key West, sitting on your ass for $75K a year. If you are stupid enough to apply, please include your bank account and PIN number, we also have $35 million in hot Nigerian money we would like to stash for a generous percentage."

That about get it?
2006-04-30 11:24:54 PM  
Any job that requests an application fee is a scam.

I've heard of a few busted chicks who paid for the opportunity to become a "model." Of course it never worked out.
2006-04-30 11:27:29 PM  
OscarTamerz: "Take the pheromones to Key West and get chased down the beach by some gay bear in a gold thong"

2006-04-30 11:38:40 PM  
$10 fee?

This is another "get rich quick" scam.

Never take a job where you pay them first, they are scams 100% of the time.
2006-05-01 12:03:24 AM  
olddinosaur I think you just gave Drew his new marketing campaing for totalfark membership...
2006-05-01 12:13:31 AM  
Yeah right.
They're hoping to raise some serious cash.

Sure, they'll probably take on a person. 75K will be nothing compared to the amount of fools who apply for this. After the first year? See ya!

Hell, after this hurricane season, who knows whether this place will even exist in 2007...
2006-05-01 12:30:20 AM  
Bohemian: The moral of the story is never go to work in marketing, it will eat your soul.

But you will make enough money to chase your dreams while you are still young.

/only have half of my soul eaten
2006-05-01 01:13:13 AM  
Why is it so many marketing people get fed up with life and go do something trippy and self indulgent like opening a chocolate shop, moving to a cabin in the woods, key west etc?

Maybe they figure out that they can make a bundle doing that, work less hours, have no commute, and live in an area most people go for a vacation.

how much do you think they're going to rake in with the $10 application fee? Not to mention they'd have spent several times $75,000 on marketing to get the same level of exposure that they're now getting for free.

/just a thought
//$75k is a drop in the bucket when you're talking marketing
2006-05-01 01:24:53 AM  
I think this is:

A) a marketing scam; and

B) legit

The two are not necessarily exclusive.
2006-05-01 06:24:31 AM  
i have no idea whether it is a scam, but i'd imagine the application fee is to reduce joke applicants?
2006-05-01 08:02:53 AM  
Pure Scam.
2006-05-01 08:06:06 AM  
They'r raising money to pay their registration fees,...this in today's KW newspaper:

Paddlers protest charging kayak, canoe fee -

Hundreds of boaters are protesting a proposal that would require non-motorized boat owners to pay a fee to register their vessels with the state.

The Marine Industry Association, a trade organization that lobbies for powerboat suppliers, suggested the state require people to register their kayaks, canoes and sailboats less than 16 feet long, so that all boaters share costs associated with using Florida waterways and marinas. No recommendation has been made yet on how much to charge non-motorized boats.

The state incurs marine-safety and law-enforcement costs from non-registered vessels, and the Department of Environmental Protection spends money setting up canoe and kayak trails, argued Marine Industry Association spokesman David Ray.

"It is my belief that vessels that use Florida's waterways should pay their fair share," Ray said. "We believe that all boats should be registered. We don't want to put a burden on anybody. I believe it should be done fairly."

Opponents say powerboaters are just trying to make all boaters pay for their more intensive uses. More than 90 percent of the comments the advisory board has received oppose the registration proposal, said Rich Jones, an advisory board member who works with Monroe County's Marine Resources Department. The Florida Professional Paddlesport Association has received 600 e-mails from people who oppose the proposal, said Becky Bragg, who represents kayak and canoe enthusiasts on the Boating Advisory Board, which is considering the proposal.

Bragg said powerboat owners want more and better boating infrastructure without the higher fees.

"The boating lobbying groups want it because they need more mooring fields, boat ramps and marinas. We don't need all that stuff," Bragg said. "If we saw some benefit from this, we would be more inclined to support it, but we haven't seen that."

Local kayak tour operator George Bellenger said he would support a reasonable registration fee if the money went to projects that improved water quality, setting up kayak trails and other projects that benefit kayak and canoe enthusiasts.

"If we could get something out of this that would benefit the environment and people who use the water, I could support it," Bellenger said.

Ray points out that federal grants for marine projects are doled out to states on the basis of how many registered vessels are in each state. There is no data on how many kayaks and canoes there are in the state. One survey by the American Canoe Association estimated 791,112 kayaks and 1.8 million canoes in the state.

The Marine Industry Association requested the state research the registration proposal. The idea was brought to the Boating Advisory Council, a committee that makes recommendations to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, during a November meeting in Key Largo. The advisory board, comprised of 19 people representing different marine recreational activities such as diving, kayaking and power boating, formed a subcommittee to research the issue.

The subcommittee did not reach a consensus at its April meeting as to whether non-motorized vessels should be registered. The subcommittee will meet again on the issue on Sept. 15 in St. Petersburg.

The Boating Advisory Board eventually will make a recommendation to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. If the commission supports registration for kayaks and canoes, it will pass on its recommendation to the state Legislature.

Bottom line, the job is already filled but you may apply anyway,....if you send the "entry fee".
2006-05-01 08:47:51 AM  
Lazy Dog is a great business - anyone lucky enough to work with them down here, will have a fantastic time! Last year they had the best Fantasy Fest Float. Great group of people to work with.

My advice to the "winner": better get a second floor apartment so you don't have to worry about flooding!!

/am I the only farker here in Key West??
2006-05-01 10:00:41 AM  
My dreams of moving to the Keys went out the door when the prices went through the roof. I was probably about a year away from being able to get a place, within that year the prices went through the stratosphere. Now I'm stuck in Tampa. My parents have a place abuot 50 miles up the chain from Key West in Marathon so I at least have that for now. They paid less for that place than I did for mine up here, now ~5 years later it is worth about 5+ times what my place up here is worth.
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