I always thought Hide and Seek was a child’s game. I finally found use for the skills I developed playing that child’s game as an adult. We were asked to serve a summons and complaint to an attorney in a gated apartment.
The first few attempts failed because no one answered the phone and we could not gain entry into the building. On the fourth attempt, again no one answered the phone. However, one of the residences opened the door and allowed me to enter the building. I took the elevator to the 6th floor and found the correct apartment number.
I knocked on the door several times. Finally, I saw the light through the eye piece change to dark. I knew someone was home. I did not know who, but someone was home. I wanted to ensure that our skip trace was correct, so I called the home phone listed for the person. Bingo, I heard the phone ring and I heard the voice message playing on the phone through the door.
I knocked on the door one last time, then announced loudly that I was serving him a summons and complaint by refusal and would leave the papers at the door for his neighbors to see.
Several of the neighbors opened their door to see what the commotion was.
Knowing an attorney avoiding service would probably attempt to squash the service by stating he was not home and that it was someone else in his apartment. I decided to pretend I left the building. So I called the elevator and once it arrived, I got in pressed the button for the elevator to return to the lobby. I then quickly exited the elevator before the door closed. I hid around the corner for approximately 5 minutes. Suddenly I heard the door to the apartment open. I saw an arm reach around the door to grab the papers. I sprinted down the hallway passing the open door and yelled “I GOTCHA!” Shocked he grabbed the papers and slammed the door shut, but not before I got a good look at him.
Another one bites the dust.