Earlier this year I attempted to serve a student at the only address known for him – a seat of learning somewhere in the, “District”. After working out the times and places of his classes I simply turned up and blended into the back ground. He missed his morning lecture, but, his student pals said that he always made the afternoon classes….I went to the refectory and enjoyed a good cut price student dinner. Later, as I made my way around the campus four plain clothed police men jumped on me and basically held me whilst I was searched. They revealed that they were looking for a thief that had been stealing laptops and as I had been observed wandering around they suspected that I was the guilty party. My feathers were ruffled a bit and I proceeded on my way, a little crestfallen. It then transpired that the individual to be served had left the country.
I was therefore a bit wary when I was instructed to serve a divorce petition, this time on a staff member at another seat of learning, the only address the instructing solicitors had.
I found the lecturer fairly easily and explained the papers to her. As she did not wish to take the papers from me, I placed then on top of a filing cabinet in her office; verbaly advising her that she was served and walked back to my car. As I started to pull away from the kerb the respondent tried to place the papers I had just served under my windscreen wiper – the papers actually blew into the road. I stopped and retrieved the papers and decided to return to the college. I then left the papers (Now inside a fully addressed and sealed envelope) in a pigeon hole just outside her office.
As I trudged back to my car the irate lecturer reappeared with the papers and stood between me and my car. She insisted that I take the papers away with me. After several minutes and the gathering of a large crowd, as I could not drive away, I decided that I should call the Police – all I got was an incident log number. Eventually, the lecturer backed off when I told her that I was abandoning the car. When she moved away from the vehicle I motored off…
The lecturer was objecting to being served at her place of work and despite all my courtesy she could not be prevented from flying into a rage, one lesson here is always try your serves, whenever possible, at the home address…
Thinking about this year, I have had (Touch wood) very little trouble when serving papers, I have had people evading the serve, some people getting upset when served, one or two thanking me for bringing the documents to them – but no violence and just the occasional uncomfortable moment.
So it’s been an eventful year – all in a day’s work I suppose!
Kevin Regan of Burton Regan Detective Bureau (Celebrating 25 years as a front line professional private investigator and process server on: 8th June 2013), Vicarage Chambers, 9 Park Square East, Leeds, LS1 2LH.