For all my complaints about the Sun, I love that they have a place for David Baines. Baines is a relentless pitbull of a reporter. If you’re in business and have a troubled past, watch out: Baines is out for blood.
In his column in the weekend edition, Baines takes the meat grinder to Robert Zoost, an Okanagan realtor with a superstar media image for his “ability” to sell multi-million dollar luxury properties to his “A-list” celebrity clients. Not wanting to trust the hype, Baines does his own research. Turns out Kelowna’s boy wonder is also a real estate enfant terrible. As Baines details in his hugely entertaining expose:
Real estate regulators have found [Zoost] guilty of professional misconduct on at least two occasions. Creditors have been hounding him to pay long-overdue debts. He is facing assault charges in connection with two separate incidents. And since he moved to Kelowna nine months ago, he has completed the sale of only one property over $1 million, raising the question as to whether he can reasonably be called “the million-dollar man.”
What you just read was Baines being nice. His article proceeds to tear Zoost a second anus with allegations of balances owing to the Nanaimo Stop & Shop (a preferred destination of high rollers, no doubt) and an ex-lover who accuses her former beau of skipping out on cellphone bills.
Baines also chastises for the Z-Man for his shameless self-promotion, citing an unidentified media report about Zoost zipping around town in a pimped out Mercedes. Never mind the car was his girlfriend’s. Ouch.
But for all this comedy, the thing that does it for me is Zoost’s penchant for his own publicity. Just go to his website. From the “Z” crest emblem to the Flash animation commemorating his hubris, it’s absolutely, sensationally hilarious.
Forget Bob Rennie. Gimme Bob Zoost.