The Creepy Guy Case: A Case Study in Workplace Stalking


Sooner or later on most protection directors, security professionals and supervisors will inevitably develop into conscious of an staff who feels their actual physical safety at do the job is at hazard. When administration results in being aware of the employee’s issue, no matter if the staff has instantly complained or not, management should really consider the grievance severely and take some ways to investigate and deal with the problem. Failure to do so can final result in employees becoming harmed, civil lawsuits, fines from State or Federal regulatory companies, and negative publicity.

In my purpose as a Actual physical Protection Marketing consultant I am frequently astonished to discover that many organizations have no distinct coverage on how to handle worker own protection issues. Several have a typical Human Relations (HR) coverage of some sort but have not reviewed or revised it in several decades and important workforce are generally not familiar with it. Generally, there is also no “mechanism” in place for entrance-line supervisors to immediately and correctly deal with the situation. Supervisors generally lack the understanding of the value of the coverage or deficiency the instruction or supervisory oversight to appropriately act on the employee’s concerns. That was the scenario with “The Creepy Dude Case.”

Following retiring from law enforcement, I became a private investigator in Portland, Oregon. I always savored conducting law enforcement investigations so transitioning the competencies I honed above the yrs to the non-public sector came pretty normally. Mostly because of my investigative working experience I uncovered immediate accomplishment in the personal investigation enterprise. The scenarios I function are assorted and purchasers are ordinarily organizations or lawyers, but I also acknowledge some cases from personal folks.

Around the many years from time to time acquaintances are curious about my perform and request me about my scenarios. I fully grasp… the do the job of a non-public investigator is usually shrouded in mystery and people today are curious. Simply because all the function I do is confidential and for my client’s eyes only, it is challenging to share situation information with other folks except I do so only in a generic way.

The details of the Creepy Guy situation:

I picked up the mobile phone 1 day and the caller spelled out that his 19-yr previous daughter labored in a local espresso shop. She reported to him that for various months a “creepy searching” dude would occur in and order a coffee and sit by himself for hrs & hrs nursing a solitary cup of espresso. He would say nothing to any person but he was evidently ogling her. On one particular event when she took the trash out again to the trash bin, she noticed this male standing throughout the road looking at her. The caller stated the person appeared like a design employee and even though his hair was a very little unkempt, his outward physical appearance was not out of the ordinary for the neighborhood, but his actions have been “regarding.”

I asked the father if his daughter had documented this to management. He explained to me that she had reported this to the guide-worker (the closest issue to an on-scene supervisor) and the direct-worker believed it was ‘no huge deal’. The lead-worker instructed daughter that if somebody required to take a lengthy time to consume a cup of espresso, that was their organization and they could stare at anything at all they required.

The father wished me to obtain out who this guy was and if his “odd” behavior may warrant far more issue. He felt that as a previous law enforcement officer who experienced knowledge in interacting and dealing with all varieties of people (which include a good deal of bizarre acting people today), I may well be able to “select-up” on some cues that may give some insight on what this male was maybe seriously executing.

Was he just a homeless individual who just sipped on his coffee for hours since he wanted someplace to hold heat? Was he a harmless person with some sort of mental illness that triggered him to have “uncomfortable” social competencies?

I asked the usual thoughts of equally father and daughter:

Was there any sample to when the man arrived in?

Does he ever meet up with up with everyone in the coffee store?

Did he look to be ogling any other staff in the coffee store? Daughter said there ended up other ladies doing work on her change but he only appears fixated on her.

When a worker spoke to him (refill, sir?) how does he respond?

Does he pay back with money or credit card? (he usually compensated with income).

Does everyone know if he arrives on foot or in a car or truck?

Which way does he go when he eventually leaves the shop?

And so forth., and many others.

The Investigative Plan

My system was to occur into the espresso store when this person confirmed up so I could see and examine him for myself. Then, I would covertly follow him when he lastly left. Possibly he would get into a automobile and I could produce down the license plate number. Even if the motor vehicle was not registered to him, it would give me a guide to go after. Perhaps he would go to his function or home. It’s possible he would satisfy up with somebody else. Perhaps he would just wander the streets. Who is aware of… but I was likely to find out.

The challenge was that he would only appear in sporadically and no a single saved track of when he did exhibit up. At times he would occur in during the early morning for a several days in a row then not be noticed for a 7 days or so. Other times he would demonstrate up in the afternoon and then no just one would see him for a couple of months. There was no true sample to his appearances. Obviously, no shopper can find the money for to have a non-public investigator “stake-out” a area each and every day on the hope that the goal personal might exhibit up.

My thought was that if this man was traveling to this coffee store and acting strange, possibly he was also visiting other coffee outlets in the community. This was a really urban spot and there were being a amount of other coffee shops within just a 10-20 block radius. The investigative approach was to canvass all of these coffee retailers periodically and ideally find him in some other close by espresso store. Also, the daughter was going to alert me straight away the following time he was witnessed. If I could, I would fall what I was doing and get over there ASAP.

My periodic canvass of nearby coffee retailers was hit-and-pass up and I did not come across this male sipping espresso nearby. But, a several weeks later on I received a get in touch with from daughter who informed me the dude was there NOW!

I was in my workplace operating on a qualifications look at for a company shopper and was in a position to set that apart and head right to the espresso shop. It took me about 20 minutes to get to the coffee store and I ordered my espresso (I received a massive one particular mainly because I figured I might be there for a when). I discretely viewed this male while he nursed his coffee. He ought to have been real thirsty that day mainly because he basically paid out for a next cup and this time I discovered that he utilised a debit card.

On this day, he stayed in the coffee shop for more than 4-hrs! I viewed him from inside of then went outside and watched him from a parking large amount. Inevitably, he remaining and I followed. He walked to a further close by coffee store and went inside but remaining with no ordering something. He then hailed down a taxi and since I was on foot I could not comply with further.

But simply because he employed a debit card to invest in his 2nd cup of espresso, the espresso store had his debit card number and from that I might be equipped to locate out who he was. Was it a pay as you go card attained with a fictitious identify? I took the name from the credit rating card transaction and used a single of my knowledge bases to acquire a photo that matched the title on the debit card. The image matched the creepy man!

Creepy Male Identified

I then performed a comprehensive qualifications check on this person and I was stunned at who he was. He was not a homeless human being or just an individual who was socially uncomfortable. He experienced served time in FEDERAL Jail for kidnapping a petite teenager and transporting her across state lines. He served a 10 years in Federal Prison and was nevertheless on Federal Parole. I then researched the circumstance and uncovered that the teenager aged sufferer was in a position to escape and flee from his van prior to he experienced the possibility to do just about anything additional to her!

It now turned crystal clear to me why this man was fixated on this just one unique youthful girl in this precise espresso shop and why he paid no focus to other girls performing in the identical store. He experienced a predilection for youthful looking petite ladies who matched a selected actual physical profile. He was stalking her! Possibly he was only stalking her in his intellect or perhaps he was just performing up the nerve to consider the subsequent move. Whatever he was setting up, it was not very good.

When I informed father and daughter what I learned they ended up even extra involved – and rightly so. They questioned for my suggestions on what to do. Following all, daughter experienced currently described this to management and her problem was not taken very seriously.

This was no ‘mom & pop’ coffee store. It was a well recognized “Large-Time” entire world-vast chain. Surely, they will have to have some stability staff who could look into this more. I supplied to deliver this to the awareness of the coffee shop management and offered daughter some particular protection tips.

What occurred

What happened soon after I notified the coffee shop administration of who this creepy male was and his background was and what he was carrying out? The coffee shop’s response was… well, I believe it could very best be described as “inept.” What occurred immediately after I notified the regional law enforcement?

I found a nationwide “Shopper Assistance” variety for this coffee company on their web site (the only range that appeared on the web site) and identified as. I discussed who I was and explained what I realized about this predicament. I let the consultant know that the daughter experienced claimed this to her supervisor and the company took no motion in anyway.

I instructed that the company could possibly want to choose some action and at the extremely least they may well want to “trespass” this man from this individual establishment. To her credit the representative agreed with me that this was a severe problem and reported she would let her supervisor know about it right absent. She gave me a “customer assistance ticket selection” and reported someone would be getting in contact with me soon.

1 7 days handed… two months passed… and I heard nothing from the company. I was in call with daughter and learned this creepy male was still coming into the coffee store and executing his issue. When I asked her if any person from the company experienced contacted her, she explained “No.” This anxious me.

I have been a supervisor and supervisor and I know that there are some quite primary items management should really immediately do when an individual brings a protection issue like this to the consideration of administration. Thinking about that management had been notified, there is also some critical potential liability must this creepy male ultimately confront and assault the daughter on the job or though she was traveling to and from her worksite. I am certain there are even some sharp legal professionals who could make a good argument that even if this person harmed the daughter on her day off absent from the job, that the failure of the company to get any motion after they have been notified of the gravity of the predicament, could possibly bring about the company to incur some legal responsibility. At the pretty the very least, if this male finished up assaulting daughter this could be pretty harmful publicity for this company.

I get paid to get things finished

I get paid out to “get things carried out” so I took it to the next amount. I acquired the tackle of the CEO of this company and wrote a wonderful, professional letter outlining the scenario. Of training course, I pointed out that their worker notified her supervisor about this and was “blown-off.” I also mentioned that I experienced notified the company via “Customer Assistance” and was explained to anyone would contact me and no one particular did. And, in my letter, I talked about that in my humble belief, if this convicted kidnapper and Federal Parolee acted on his perverse urges the company could possibly incur legal responsibility. And, at the pretty the very least, they would certainly receive adverse publicity.

This received a response! The company’s World wide Director of Security referred to as me and agreed that this was a major scenario and explained he got ahold of me as before long as he was informed. I did not mention that possibly their “supervisors” will need some coaching on how to offer with worker complains of security concerns or inquire why my Client Provider Ticket went unaddressed.

Whilst the Director of Protection seemed responsive he did not seem to know what actions he could or should consider taking into consideration that the “creepy” male experienced not really committed a criminal offense at their establishment. I prompt a number of things that integrated:

* A person in management right away get hold of the daughter and allow her know that the company values her as an personnel.

* Guarantee the worker that they will choose fast steps to make certain her safety at function and build protocols to offer with this and similar conditions that could crop up in the foreseeable future.

* Give Guide-Workers and supervisors some modicum of teaching on how to offer with security problems involving co-workers.

* Speak to the “creepy” guy (perhaps accompanied by unformed protection or neighborhood law enforcement) and enable him know in no unsure conditions that due to the fact of his actions (getting 4+ several hours to consume one particular cup of coffee & ogling/stalking a certain personnel inside of and outdoors the institution & observing the staff as she took the trash out) that he was no lengthier wanted as a consumer and was prohibited from coming into this establishment at any time once more.

* Call other company stores close by to see if this man has been stalking any other staff.

* Make contact with other company shops nearby and notify them that this person has been banned from at any time environment foot in any of their coffee outlets and let on-scene supervisors know what they need to do if this male does show up.

The Director of Protection assumed all of my solutions were being very good and reported he would get right on it.

I checked again with my customer and the daughter and uncovered that the Listing of Safety did the things I instructed and the creepy guy has not been witnessed given that. They were being the two incredibly happy.

What occurred when I notified neighborhood law enforcement?

My considered was that even even though this man experienced not nevertheless committed a crime at the coffee store, the police really should know about him so they could preserve him on their radar. At a minimum, they ought to do a thorough “work-up” on him and see if he may possibly be linked to any intercourse or female target crimes in the space or other spots where he is recognised to regular. The law enforcement should also notify this guy’s parole officer. The parole officer desires to know what he is accomplishing and his stalking actions may even be a violation of his parole terms. The parole officer could also tell the male that he is not to go into any of this company’s coffee outlets at any time once again.

When I notified the law enforcement, I bought no reaction. My voice mails and email messages went unanswered. When I finally received another person to respond to the cellphone I was instructed to ship an electronic mail! Effectively… I did ship one more email but I sent the email to the Assistant Law enforcement Chief whom I realized from my regulation enforcement days. I followed-up this email with an outdated-fashioned letter in the mail. If I did not get a reaction at this level I was going to go up the chain of command to the police Main who I basically worked with again in the day. If I been given no response at the Chief’s level, I was likely to speak to the Police Commissioner.

Really hard to believe, but I out of the blue acquired a swift reaction from the police. A detective identified as me and apologized for the initial non-response. The detective took all the pertinent information and facts and promised to comply with-up with the parole officer.

Like I mentioned, “I get compensated to get matters carried out.”

Immediately after the law enforcement contacted the creepy guy he was under no circumstances witnessed at this espresso shop all over again. Client was pleased and a convicted sex offender was probable prevented sort victimizing yet another girl. Scenario closed.


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