Really?

Here’s an article I came across on CNN that’s make’s you go really? WTF was this guy thinking thinking. Here is a snip of the first half of the article

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Ernie Casillas lived the good life as he doled out millions of dollars in loans in California. The former banker drove fancy cars and took extravagant vacations.

But with the banking industry in crisis, his job is gone — as is his lavish lifestyle. Desperate for work, he recently swallowed his pride and posted a message on Craigslist: "Unemployed I need a job."

"It took a lot for me to put that ad on Craigslist, because I had to change what I was before," he said, breaking down in tears. "I wasn’t this rich little yuppie anymore, driving expensive cars, having expensive suits. I’m in this just like everybody else looking for work. It humbles you. This is real."

Casillas, 46, is like tens of thousands of out-of-work Americans turning to Craigslist, the online classified ad Web site where people can post information for free.

The site says it has 50 million users, most of them in the United States. More than 2 million new jobs are posted each month, according to Craigslist.

Many have begun posting messages of desperation seeking work. Some post their résumé and phone number; others swap goods online. iReport: Tell us how you’re getting by

Casillas said it was a humbling experience to finally post his message on the site. Once responsible for bringing in $400,000 in cash per month for a credit union, he has been out of work for the past four months and now lives with his mother in suburban Los Angeles

He had tried newspaper ads and other online job sites, with no great success. Then one night, he posted a simple message on Craigslist.

"I have over 20 years of experience in sales, telephone sales in a call center, customer service, administrative assistant, cash handling, teller, and many more skills and abilities. Great personality, very friendly, hard worker, very responsible," it said. "I will be happy to e-mail you my resume. I need a job now. Please call my cell phone."

Casillas said he teared up when he first began typing the message — that his life had come unraveled so hard and so fast. But ultimately, he said, he decided, "I’m just going to put it out there. I’m not going to be embarrassed. I’m just going to tell the whole world: I’m unemployed, and I need a job today. And the response was great."

"My phone kept ringing and ringing and ringing with people interested in my ability to think outside the box," he said, adding that he now has three good leads on potential jobs.

The whole experience has given him a dose of humility. He is a self-described former yuppie going through turbulent times. When he sees homeless people these days, he wants to help them. …

After reading the start of the article try to guess how much money was this guy this making. Remember he is a banker in LA living this lifestyle.

Now go finish the article (http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/03/12/craigslist.economy/index.html?iref=newssearch)

Really are you serious? That kind of lifestyle on that salary and a kid? 20 years of working and he’s not able to support himself through four months of employment. Right now the media likes to say how everything is the evil bank CEO faults but I think the bigger problem was millions of people just like this clown.

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2 responses to “Really?

  1. Wow… definitely underestimated his salary by more than an order of magnitude.

  2. I think if anything, most people have had a wake up call. Keeping up with the Jones’ doesn’t make sense, and you pay in the end because you’ve spent your wad… no matter how big ( or small) of a wad you had to start out with.

    Also… I got a little Craigslist tip. A great way to search Craigslist for a job is to use http://www.CraigZoom.com . It allows you to search ALL of Craigslist, rather than search city by city. So, if you are open to moving, travelling, or doing work over the internet, using CraigZoom to search Craigslist is the way to go.

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