Other people’s reviews of companies in Panama…
On 17 November, Panama International Movers, owned / operated / managed by Renee Perez, came to our Condo and packed up 43 boxes and two crates of art work and loaded all on a truck and drove off. Three weeks later they loaded them for transport to the States, but not before going through each box and taking out what they wanted! They then re-wrapped and re-numbered each box to look as though nothing had been disturbed. They were smart, taking only sterling silver items and obvious items of value. Among what was stolen was Dianne’s 18th Century Violin, our complete Kirk Steif Sterling Williamsburg pattern silverware, six antigue sterling napkin rings and a sterling carving set, a sterling Tiffany water pitcher, compotes and dishes of sterling, and our Zeiss binoculars, and my sterling silver, Consecrated Chalice and Paten which I used at my first Mass at my Ordination as a Priest 41 years ago. We find something new missing each day.
Reporting this to the Panama police is simply not even an option, nor would they pursue it nor care. Perez and the company did not respond to anything and have blown us off. My hands are tied and all we can do is submit a claim to our Insurance company and hope there is some compensation, but the items are of huge personal value and they are gone, and we know not to lay up treasures on earth. But, the sadness and disappointment are palpable. Dianne was in tears. She is angry. I am furious. This compounds our already nasty opinion of the Panamanians and the corruption rampant within their culture. They did a job on the gringos who would not know until months later.
I ask you each to tell your friends about this company. As attorneys, realtors, ex-pat residents and citizens of Panama, word of mouth is powerful and I urge you to remember Panama International Movers and Renee Perez and to do all you can to steer people away from them. They are the very essence of all that is wrong in the world.