RARA-AVIS: re: Pinkertons

Charles Shafer (cshafer@chipsnet.com)
Sun, 4 Jul 1999 06:45:57 -0500

About the Pinkertons: Unlike what is seen in the flicks, Pinkertons concentrate on industrial security. For each detective employed, they must have fifty guards. A detective will be hired with absolutely no experience. He-she will start out doing undercover work, looking for pilfering off truck docks, other such improprieties. They receive a small paycheck from Pinkertons plus the check they would have earned anyway at the company they're undercover at. A small crew of detectives do surviellance and tail work, again mostly in the industrial world. It can be interesting work, but they almost never make arrests, and even less time carry guns. The pay is embarrassing little. In Chicago, anyway.

Charlie Shafer

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