How often do you show up at a location all ready to serve someone, only to find that the address is either wrong or the people simply abandoned ship?
It happens here in Nor Cal a Lot!
I was speaking to another process server with decades of experience. She stated that it is common practice among the seasoned pro to perform what is known as, "phantom Service attempts".
In some counties, such as Butte here in California. It is required to obtain diligence that shows the judge that you have attempted at different times of the day (eight hours apart) and at least three attempts before requesting an order to post on the property.
Returning the second and the third time at different times of the day can seem senseless when the property looks like the one above. The place is vacant. Why bother?
Here is the way i see it, I know we are paid to serve someone and the less attempts we make to get the job done, the better! However, I like to schedule the attempts so that i don't see them as additional work. My routine service includes three attempts before an order to post or sub-service on the fourth attempt.
What is your standard? Do Ghost or phantom serves plague or benefit your organization?