A TikToker who delivers legal documents to people to make a living shares an unexpected experience trying to deliver papers to a man who died over a year ago in a viral video.
“I’m a process server, I personally serve subpoenas and subpoenas for defendants on behalf of plaintiffs,” says user @processserving in the clip posted June 7. “Sometimes they don’t go as planned. This is one of those times.”
The creator’s page is dedicated to his work and shows various cases in which he has served papers on defendants. He frequently records interesting situations, such as being served to a defendant in a park or a suspect’s unusual reaction. However, the TikToker claims to have never experienced anything like this.
@processserving This is one way to nip a lawsuit in the bud. I can’t believe it’s come this far. #processserving #processserver ♬ O-Ton – The Process Server
In the clip he knocks on the door of a house. Nobody answers, so he decides to leave a door hanger. Finally a woman opens the door. The TikToker says it is looking for a man whose name will be paged.
“He’s dead, he died a year and a half ago [ago]’ says the woman in the clip.
“Did you say he died?” he says. “I’ve got a bunch of court papers for you [him].”
“He’s my husband,” says the woman.
“Okay, I’m sorry,” he says.
The wife says her husband died in November, but the year is blanked out. According to TikToker in the comments, the man died in El Salvador a year and a half ago and claims that’s why the US courts weren’t notified.
“Nobody’s ever told me that,” reads its text overlay.
“I have a bunch of court papers for him, it’s so weird,” he tells the woman. At this point, he’s not sure if she’s being honest or not, as he notes in the text overlay.
She says he had a heart attack and offers to show the server a death certificate.
“Must ask for proof,” he wrote in the text overlay. “The fact that it’s gone this far really sucks.”
He asks the woman to photograph the certificate and send it to the judge. “It’s legitimate,” reads the text overlay.
“Okay perfect, well I’m sorry for your loss, I’m not going to come back here and bug you again,” he tells the woman. “Enjoy your day.”
In the caption, the TikToker wrote: “This is one way to nip a lawsuit in the bud. I can’t believe it’s come to this.”
As of Monday, TikTok has over 470,000 views. In the comments, the TikToker said this is the first time in five years that it has been a server and served over thousands of people.
In the comments, people sympathized with the awkward encounter. “Oh that lady was so sweet, sorry for her,” wrote one viewer.
“I can’t imagine this woman having to go through this, you were so kind,” commented another.
Other process officials interfered. “I’m a process officer and I pray this never happens to me,” one claimed.
Others shared their experiences with process servers and death. “My colleague had a proxy who was trying to serve a warrant for her husband’s arrest… Three months after his death. She said, ‘Let me know if you find him!'” said one.
The Daily Dot reached out to @processserving via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: June 13, 2022 3:57 pm CDT
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