Wanted: tanning butler to rubs guests

Armando King, 21, auditions for, left to right, Vivica A. Fox, Michelle Payer, Meredith Mulligan and Chris Lopez to be the tanning butler at the Ritz-Carlton's DiLido Beach Club. PATRICK FARELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF From the Miami Herald, Posted on Mon, Apr. 21, 2008 BY NICHOLAS SPANGLER Photo by PATRICK FARELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF click to read more.     Armando King, 21, auditions for Vivica A. Fox, Michelle Payer, Meredith Mulligan and Chris Lopez to be the tanning butler at the Ritz Carlton’s DiLido Beach Club.     A couple of waiters and a model or two turned out Sunday afternoon for a South Beach tanning butler casting call.     The last one, Malcolm, was a part-time male model who’d held the position for a year, about as long as each of the previous three tanning butlers, who were, coincidentally, also part-time male models.     And now, with summer approaching and the guests needing him most — for sunblock on hard-to-reach spots, sun protection factor explanations or just a gentle Evian spritz to the face — Malcolm was gone, not buttling elsewhere, but painting houses in Maui.     A hiring panel was quickly convened, consisting of the pool manager, along with assorted public relations types and celebrity guest Vivica A. Fox. Candidates were invited to apply in person at the hotel Sunday afternoon, with only the first 250 to be considered. —You know, this story just says it all. 

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