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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 314 THE IETHBRIDGE IIERAID August 12, 1972 A clay with Steve Wild of credit investigator., bailiff has its problems, rewards Tho Miami clock clangs al a.m. Stove Wile! groans, slrclchcs. scratches and mumbles us he swings his legs owl of bed. By he's having orange juice, coffer ami a smoke with his Kalhcrme. Children llonnic, 1C, Joanne. 15 antl Douglas. 12 aro still sawing loss in Iho sack. Sieve hacks and coughs on his cigarette as he. watches two blackbirds mating on Ihe lawn, at he leaves lus square-foot Stirling home and heads for Lcfhbridge. He stops to watch n fox lop- Ing across a field. "Living in Stirling and work- Ing in the city is u nival of says Steve. en- joy the people in Stirling nncl the children arc far hotter off than in the city. There- i.s a very excellent school, there are wide open spaces, wo have a horse, and I find Ihe drive home at night, after a long day at tiie office, most relaxing." The six-foot-one, 105-pound credit investigator, consultant ant1 hniliff stops at the post of- fice at lo pick up his mail and discuss the weather with other downtown businessmen. "People would he surprised If they knew how early some businessmen start work in this he reflects. "Several self- employed businessmen pick up their mail as early as 6 a.m." He arrives at his office at and extracts a pocket book from the door-knob. It was one he loaned lo a denial mechanic down the hall. He has anolher cough spell "These cigaretles are going lo kill me." (Those know Steve Wild will real- :e that, The Herald being a ainily newspaper, exact quotes annot tic printed.) The first hour is busy. Steve immediately starts completing cporls oi> the previous night's ork. While bashing away on in electric typewriter, tie re- ates the problems encountered n making a car seizure for the sheriff's office. In order to seize Uie car he lad to make 20 phone calls and drive 20 miles around the city making 12 stops, His typing is interrupted by a couple of incoming phono calls a local building materials supplier wants a credit report on an out-of-towii contractor and there's some information on a guy trying to skip town owing some meney. Steve phones a finance com- pany and leaves an urgent mes- sage to have a chap working on the case call him immediately. While a bailiff's job is to make seizures, he says "there is also some satisfaction in he- ing able to help n lot of people who get into trouble. Yon can show them there's a way out of their trouble without running. The sheriffs office is here to help people if they want help." He starts typing again. The chap from the finance company returns Steve's call. In two minutes, Steve gives him advice on procedure to have a trailer and car seized. Steve then phones the sher- iff's office about a warrant to seize a travel trailer. Arrange- ments are then completed a finance company fellow on details of a trailer seizure. Steve then starts filling out imiuiry licki'Ls" which give clients a detailed cost break- down of investigations. lie starts the mail, informs a caller that I'aula Xielke. one of tils ciedit inves- tigators, wun'l be in until E) a.m., then fills out an inquiry licket for a local car dealer who wants a personnel report on a job applicant. "Mmmm, says Steve, as lie madly kisses a cheque several Units. The cheque was for services rendered a national credit card firm. Besides cheques, the mall also contained requests (or credit reports and orders to pick lip credit cards from in- dividuals who were either abus- ing them or in default of pay- ment. Phone rings. "Credit Ser- vices. Good Morning. I'm gon- na live. Yah. Yah, Umm. Hahn. Oh Christmas, he jumps nround so gosh darn much, I've chased him oil over the city. Okay, I'll find lilm ngaii> for you." "Who Ihc hell ore you" Steve asks a minute later when the phone rings again. He asks the caller to hold a second wliile ho answers another phone coll. "Can I call you bock Marge, I'm on long distance" Then he returns to the first call and asks his ayenl in Ed- HEINITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS LTD. 321 9ln St. S. Phono 328-1778 We Are Pleased ta Announce Thnt are now lha official Dealers for L.D.S. Books, Missionary and Genealogical Supplies For the iSlst Quorum of the 70'j We have a [arga Inventory of Books and Suppliei, with ample freo parking to make your chapping convenient to you. Phones keep Steve Wild's mouth and hands busy SOME UNITS RENTED FOR ONLY 1 WEEK we need ASK FOR THEM BY RENTAL NO. RENTAL KO. 5 RENTAL NO. 15 1972 SCAMPER 170 72 Scamper Fridge, healer, Iwin 80 Camper a w n i n g, pullman drape, sleeps 6. S RENTAL NO. 1 I 1972 14' SCAMPER Bunk awning, sleepi 6 Reg- C Heater, jackt. Reg. Was SAVE Six groups RENTAL NO. 4 72 Scamper 16' Healerr awning, fridga, twin lankl, stop, Wai YOU SAVE ___ '2242 BRAND NEW Scamper Model 240 3-way fridge, heater, twin Fanki, pullman drape, chrome bumper cover, carpel, built in stabilizer ittckt. Wos C YOU SAVE !5095 72 Scamper MODEL 110 CAMPER Fridge, healer, twin lankl, 4 jackt, foldaway itcp, toilet, tolf-contained. Was YOU SAVE 82757 may city get grants SCAMPER 26' TRAILER forced air 3 way fridge, drape, lub and shower. must Ihit beauliful homo on wliaoli Was SAVE SALE CONTINUES UNTIL THESE UNITS ARE SOLD mil urn OF 'Where quality craftsmanship ore standard not optional" CAMPERS Models 80, 85, 110, HOD TRAILERS Models 14, 16, 160, 170, 180, 195, 200, 240, 260 MOTOR HOMES Models 2100 MH, 2400 MH, 2700 MH A Complete Line for your Every Holiday Need TRADES WELCOME ON THE SPOT FINANCING AT BANK RATES Trie community services ad visory committee JULS recom m ended assistance he given only six of 12 applicants for cily financial help for the res of the year. City council Monday will con slder the recommendations for a total of in grants to local community service organ izalions. The committee has recom mended nppiicatioai from the Lcthbridge Community Chest i Rosalta House, Lcfhbriclge As sociation for the Mentally Re larded, Lcthbridge Community Band, the Navy League Iho Boxing Club be denied. The organizations receiving positive recommendations from the committee arc: Viclorlai Order of Nurses, Can adian Mental Health Associa tion, Native Fricndshi Society, Symphony, 41.000; Lethbrldg Regional Science Fair, ?200 and the YMCA, The total requests were fo The committee has also sub mitted to council a proposa for n five-year plan for li: orderly development of com mimity services. Criteria used for this year1 recommendations Include th decree of need, project worka bility, crjmmuriily participation and kind of people I IK: benofitled and project count.lhility. INSUKANCK fn insurance companie, in Canada sold million life insurance, hut paid rjnl 01 million lo policyholder and tjcncficiaries. lonton lo get some background Steve says he has 85 per cent formntlon on n mnUer so he I success in locating people. The an start n report. Ho cnlls Marge hack and they scuss music festival business. figure would Ixs liighcr but it would cost more, he anys. A lot depends on how much the Investigator Donna Hein en-1 client wisiies iu sixsnci. lie has ars the otfico to start her phoned world-wide to locate ay. Sieve Iheti calls a clicnl and dvises him of n situallon which ould arise as the result of hir- g a new employee. Paula Ziclke arrives lo slart er day's work. Sieve lies nl- liidy complclcd his first hour. For I lie nexl while he is busy islructing his staff on whal lo o: writing receipts lo lawyers, nnr.ce companies, anks, a conslruclion company, iparimenl store, manufaclur- processor, for services rcn- :red; making out a bank de- and taking down a re- uest for informalion on some and. Ho leaves the office, goes the Court House, lalks with 16 sheriff and leaves wilh the nance company mnn he lalkcd yilh earlier. At Ihey sel oul lo seize Irailcr in North Lethbrldge. The Iroilcr if located and a >w truck phoned. Hie chap in nc house tells Steve he doesn'l .now who owns the Irailcr, how come lo be on his properly, ow long il has been there, nor oes he know the guy who pur- hased it. The door i.s closed. When Ihe tow truck arrives, ic chap won't answer his door gain. Steve would like him to ,ovc his car so Ihe Irailcr can DO pulled out. The car is Ihcn unlocked, roll- ed out of Ihe way manually, a ock on the Irailcr low-bar Ls ammcred off and Ihc Irailcr s removed. Tho car is pushed ack. Al Ihc job i.s com- Icted. back in his office, Sieve ir- rjims ihc sheriff !he trailer has 5cen seized and what Iran- plred, including Ihe lack of co- pcralion from the occupanl of tie house. A; Steve decides lo Iry o locate a man we'll call dm Mr. A for a credit card ompany. A call lo Calgary lelcphonc nformalion shov.'s lhat pre- 'ious employers listed by Mr. A on his credit card application aro non-existent. Mr. A also is not listed. Using his WATS lelcphonc, vhich provides direct dialing anywhere in Alberta, Steve ihones a Calgary bank where A dealt. He obtaias a Port Coquillam, B.C. lead. Informa- ion has no listing for Mr. A In Pori Coquitlam. Ho Ihen phones finance company in Port Coquitlam. Yes, Uicy know Mr. A. His address and employer -here are confirmed. Assign- ment completed. Time lo do (he trace IB minutes. A credit card business wants :he address of n man in Edmon- ton. Pnula checks tho files and pulls one on Mr. B. Stove phones Mr. B's lislcd employer in ICdrnonlon. Com- pany refuses lo confirm if he's still employed there. He checks phone books and city director- its and phones information for listings. He is unsuccessful in locating Mr. B or his landlord. "Gotta go" to the bathroom, he says, nnd slompa out of Ihe office. Laler, lie goes over his rec- ommendations on appiicanls foi executive position with a local organization, drops the re- port off wilh a director, con- ducts some business at Ihe credit union, chats with a mech- anic about going fishing on the weekend, returns lo the office and returns a call to a I who wants to determine where a fellow works. Sieve Ihcn Iries a few other tricks lo locale Mr. R. Ry now It's noon. He opens his lunchtxK and reviews work of Ihc staff as he munches. He then works on n-ports: for ;i local wholesaler on a Hegin.i firm; informing a banker he has unsuccessful in loca ling a car in Ihc Ihrec western provinces; and ,1 report on Mr A's in f'orl Co- quitlam. After another wark at Mr. It Steve decides to refer (he mat ter lo hi.s Edmonton ngcnl v.lio likely will he able to do Ihe "locale" cheaper fnr Ihc cus- tomer. He has called as far i [long Kong, India and England wilh success. Successful locates are the re- sult of hard work in most cases and some luck, lie says. "You have to put yourself in the posi- tion of Ihe n.nn who skip- ped, learn as much about him as you can and Iry to figure out what you would do if you wc-c in his boots." As lie checks credit cord ahuscrs who were located the previous night in Edmonton, lied Deer and North Dattleford and assigns his agents to pick up the cards, Donna relates one of her recent experiences in Irying lo pick up a credit card .n Lcthbridge. The woman at the door dressed in an unbuttoned house- coat, she says. Donna informed her she wanted to pick up Mr. D's credit card. Mrs. I) check- ed, then invited Donna inside. Mrs. D slowly backed up, clutching her housccoal, as L-onna approached. Opposile a door, Mrs. D said, "There he is, ask him your- self." And Ihcre he WPS stark naked on the bed. He conversed wilh Donna from the prone poslllon, advis- ing her r.e had lost the credit card. Mrs. D smirked. Donna left withoul the credit card. Mr. D was later identified In her. The guy on Ihe hed wasn't Mr. D. "We bump into a few crack- pots like that in our line of says Sieve. "You Ixilievc some of Ilic lhat go on in (his city ex orgies, dope dens and the River region. Then he processes the mail, Stove then gives fiomo to a cliap in Ycllowknlfo who lias bumped into n problem with n lien ua ills t-iii. Some more plionc calls ro- coivcd, some made, some- In- vestigations passed on to atfcnta In oilier Jocntionfi. Looking al overflowing aade and answered. He leaves ic office, drops into Ihc ac- ounlanl's lo pick up Ihc pay- oil and discuss n few mailers, hen drops into a business vhere he provides a credit managcmenl service (including ocally-produced credit He slops at the post office on he way back to hi.s office. A lawyer wants a list of as- icts of a chap in jail. Steve does some checking and ar- rangements aro made for him o serve papers on Ihe man. He does some more ty[ lien picks up some smokes on ho way to another business ap- pointment. Al he relurns lo Ihe of- 'icc, reviews work of Ihe staff, receives a phone call from Vancouver for some reports, plus a few other messages, then ?alls lib Edmonton and Calgary agents with some assignments, Steve is extremely ambidex- .rous with the lelephone dial. :fe uses several fingers of eith- er hand and now nrxl Ihen uses iis pen lo dial Ihe numlwrs. His phone bill runs as liigh as a month. He checks some fire reports which he does for an insurance company. His territory is all of Alberta and may include some isolated jnrmliou.se In the Peace TRAIL! Division of Unifod Mobile Homes Co ltd. "SfflVIMG THC .OOIJTM OVtR WARTTER OF A CfNTURY" 307. 3rd AVE. 5. PHONE 327-2805 DR. BRIAN C. COTTER PRACTICE OF CHIROPRACTIC Is ploosctJ lo announce the relocalion of his practice to tho WESTMINSTER PLAZA 13th ST. and 5lh AVE. N. PHONE 327-5761 LETHBRIDGE Office Hours: CLOSED MONDAY Tuns, ihru Fri. a.m.-l a.m., p.m.-l p.m. SCJT. p.m. ko.1' Several telephone calls are garbage can, Steve finys, lake all this garbage home and burn it. There's confidential in- formation on some of the work- ing sheets and ivc have to maka sure they dort't fall into tha hands of anyone else." At Ci'lO Stew leaves the of- fice for UK; day to make some Mr. fi bought a car from Mr. H for SfiOO. He put in a motor for Mr. II said the car was free o." liens and en- cumbrances bill it turns out there iviis ov.ing on Mr. IP; car when he sold il to Mr. C. 'Hie car is seized. Steve ex- plains tlie situation to a be- v.ilrlercd ?.lr. Then, to avoid cniban'uS.-jrr.cnl for Mr. (J, has urn drive Iho car lo a service station lot v.'fcprc Ihc license >lulos are removed and the car loc'ked up. Mr. (I has tv.'o weeks to try ;o get th? Minder straightened cut and perhaps save his car or money. He can go tc the police for Steve says a lot of people gel in the same unfortunate po- sition because they didn't check to determine if any liens outstanding. It's almost 8 p.m. before Steve drops Mr. O off al his home. His day h.i.s ended early, he says. "Usually I'm much The 45-ycarold investigator then points his car homeward, contemplating Friday night's fishing trip. His favorite sum- mer hobbies arc fishing anil camping. He briefly discusses Ins pres- ent and past involvements with Ihe Optimists Club, Kiwanis music festival, kennel cluh and safety council. He relates a story from (he latest book ho is reading and discusses pro- jwscd projects for the house. Then he settles down In his seat and begins to unwind from the day's activities, rather sat- isfied thnt be will be enjoying supper an hour or two earlier than u.sunl, VOTERS In I.ethbridge in 190G, persons voted in the provincial elections and the town was al- ready expanding by leaps and bounds. The population had risen lo 2.313. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 tower Floor 5T7 4lh S Phone 327-1541 KRA HOMES Have Moved fo Westminster Shopping Plaza 5th Avo. and 13th St. N., Lcllibridge Our New Phone Number Is 328-7748 ;