PANAMA City Mayor Jose Isobel Blandón told TVN 2 on Wednesday, August 16, that he is still working on ridding Panama of bien cuidaos (the annoying hustlers who rent out gaps between cars parked on city streets with a promise to keep an eye on them). He said that they have discovered that constant vigilance is required to control the situation.
A pilot plan to retrain those who plagued Casco Viejo still has some working in the Mayor's Office , others in private companies, but others have resurfaced in the old city
There were also cases of some who "did not understand that it was a job and thought that it was a botella [a paid post with no work attached] and they were dismissed," said Blandon.
Others still working the streets were fined. Those who did not pay the fine were shipped to the Tinajitas lock up
Blandin reiterated that the bien cuidao trade " is illegal and said that starting in October, a video surveillance system will be in place