“Pursuit” sounds like a movie title, but there are certain jobs in this world that actually involves pursuing someone. It sounds illegal doesn’t it? That is because these jobs often involve pursuing someone who has either committed an illegal act or at least skirted the line of the law. Here are a few of those jobs. Maybe you’d like to try them someday.
Australian debt recovery have to go after people who default on their loans. In most cases, financial institutes will try to collect the debtors themselves first, through email, post etc. When that fails, they will often hand over the task to a third party that is responsible for getting the payment. This party will not get paid unless they find the individual or the company responsible for the loan, so they put in a lot of effort to look for them. In many countries there are laws in place to limit how far the third party can go in their pursuit because some of them can be pretty harassing. There are certain hours allocated for them to call and they are not allowed to trick others into revealing the location of the debtor.
You’ve Been Served
Unlike trusted business documentation this involves pursuing an individual in order to give them something, in this case a subpoena. A subpoena is a court document issued to notify the recipient that their presence is required in court to give evidence or testify. Subpoenas have a reputation of bringing bad luck with it, as they are only issued in the middle of an ongoing legal case, therefore those likely to be served have a habit of disappearing. This is where personal servers come in to the picture. Usually, the lawyers of either party are responsible for making sure that the relevant people see and respond to the subpoena. But when they cannot be found, there are individuals and companies who make a living off delivering subpoenas personally.
Another job that requires pursuit is the messenger. In most cases, the messenger only has to deliver a letter, message or package to an address and get them to sign for it. However, couriers and bicycle messengers are hired because the sender specifically wants the package hand delivered to someone in particular. Then it becomes the personal responsibility of the messenger to find the recipient wherever they are and deliver it. The movie “Rush” had this very phenomenon as its premise where a bicycle messenger is hired to deliver a message and finds out that he has been made a pawn in an intricate power struggle involving a triad and a crooked cop.