By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
The leaves are raked, the dogs are walked and the person with multiple parking tickets is sipping spiced apple cider as she picks up the remote and queues up Black Mirror's chilling "Crocodile" episode on Netflix because she enjoys futuristic sci fi dramas about doomed insurance claims.
The dog barks The bell rings. What's going on? Door to door landscaping service solicitation season and Halloween are over. A shadowy figure standing beneath the burned out porch light that the person with multiple parking tickets keeps meaning to replace. An arm extends across the frayed welcome mat. It is the hand of a process server holding itemized parking tickets and collections notifications from the City of Denver.
The person with multiple parking tickets freezes. Her FICO score took a plunge when she missed last month's car payment and this will only worsen her distress. However, despite her bad parking habits, this person graciously accepts the papers, even apologizing for her burned-out front porch light. She holds the front door open so the process server can avoid tripping over her garden rake when walking down the staircase, back to the car. Do most night serves go this smoothly?
I wrote this fictitious anecdote after discussing night serves with private investigators who do them and private investigators who do not do them. Some believe night serves should be avoided altogether. Others feel differently.
According to Process Servers Association of Colorado, President and longtime process server, Steven D Glenn, "process servers are vulnerable, regardless of the time of night or day." Glenn's company serves about 700 Coloradans a month. Many of his serves have been to individuals like the one in the opening scenario. He has also had several guns pointed at him.
"It doesn't matter day or night, process serving is dangerous" Glenn explains during a phone interview. "I honestly believe it's gotten worse with all this fighting between the Republicans and Democrats," he says before calling attention to the ironic dichotomy of all this, "in reality we're protecting their constitutional right to due process."
Reminding me again, "assault doesn't matter time of day," Glenn added that most people think (process serving) is easy and put themselves at risk. "It doesn't matter whether the sun is up or the sun is down" reiterates Glenn then adds, "but 2:00 a.m. is stupid."
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