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More coincidence in the PI biz…

When I had my own PI license, much of my work was for insurance adjusters locating people who had been held responsible for an accident, but had ‘skipped’ to avoid paying for their responsibility.
In the pre-Internet days, much shoe leather (and tire tread) was expended attempting to find such persons.
One case I was assigned was to locate a young woman who reportedly worked for (get this) a telephone company inside an electronics firm.  Huh?
I ran the usual drill:  directory assistance (no current listing); calling the previous good number (disconnected).
The electronics firm was a very large company with U.S. government defense contracts, so trolling the large parking lot for license plate numbers was out (armed private security).
I went to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (jocularly referred to a MoFoVee) and obtained a driving record and vehicle information for our ‘skip’.
The driver license had old data, and the motor vehicle record showed one vehicle, with a heretofore unknown address.  Huzzah!
The address was almost walking distance from my home office!
I had to drive-by a couple times to catch the vehicle parked at the new address.  Confirmed.
After preparing and sending out the report, I shared my good fortune with my wife.  She worked for a large electronics firm.  You can see where this is going, can’t you?
She explained that a private telephone company was resident within her company to maintain the thousands
of telephones and intercoms throughout the company campus, and connection intercompany with other corporate buildings throughout the Valley.
My wife had had lunch the previous week with my skip!  They weren’t close friends, but knew each other in passing, and happened to see each other in the lunchroom.
Who knew?
About a week later, they had lunch again.  My skip was apparently quite upset that process servers had found her and served her at her new address.  She explained to my wife that she had left the scene of an accident, so she had to keep moving to avoid responsibility.  She had no idea how they found her.
My wife had to keep biting her lip to keep from giving it all away.
Small World, eh?

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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8 thoughts on “More coincidence in the PI biz…

  1. Recently was "sitting" on a repo, found in a Wal Mart parking lot, waiting for the "hook". As we waited, two more cars we were looking for drove by looking for parking spots. Busy morning!

    Posted by Well Seasoned Fool | February 26, 2012, 9:02 am
  2. Serendipity! Priceless!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | February 26, 2012, 9:12 am
  3. What makes me think Walmart parking lots make good hunting grounds for skippers?

    Posted by Tango Juliet | February 26, 2012, 10:30 am
  4. Stuff like that happens here all the time, but then Anchorage is the biggest small town we've lived in. :)Wal-Mart as a skip magnet? No surprise, really.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | February 26, 2012, 10:34 am
  5. Hey! I go to Wally World! And own my own car! (of course, its a beater, year 2000)

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | February 26, 2012, 11:01 am
  6. You bet! One of the many reasons I carry everywhere I can.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | February 26, 2012, 11:02 am
  7. Don't do much repo work now days. Have a friend who was my past helper. She is having hard times so I go out with her. We just sit on them – no contact with the debtors.Parking lot checks? Wal Mart, the adjacent apartment complexes, and area liquor stores.

    Posted by Well Seasoned Fool | February 26, 2012, 12:32 pm
  8. LOL, now THAT is a small world! 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | February 27, 2012, 3:38 am

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