| The people
|| Job: private investigator
Name: Clive Brown, 44
police training plus
married with two children
SALARY: over £35,000 a year
Being a private eye in real life isn't nearly as exciting as it is in detective stories. Clive Brown is on call day and night, investigating large insurance claims, dishonest employees, and unfaithful husbands and wives.
|| JOB: traffic warden
NAME: Linda Jackson, 35
HOME LIFE: single
SALARY: £16,000 a year
For the past 13 years, traffic warden Linda Jackson has been taking her life in her hands. In the few square miles of city streets where 5ft 4in Linda has her beat, parking spaces are like gold dust and tempers can flare.
|| JOB: nightclub bouncer
(official title‘Persuader') Name: Jim Allen, 42 QUALIFICATIONS: none, but all the right physical attributes HOME LIFE: married, no kids
SALARY: £65 a night
Bouncer Jim, a strapping 6ft 9in, has been standing on the door of the Black Cat nightclub in Leeds for the last 20 years making sure that trouble stays out and only the right kind of people get in.
| The question
|| I became a private eye because I was unemployed and had a family to support. I used to be a policeman so this was an obvious business.
|| Basically for security. The company I worked for was making redundancies. Traffic wardens' money was good and so were the promotion prospects.
|| I wanted work where I could meet people as I do enjoy it very much. Obviously, I'm also pretty strong physically, being an ex-professional boxer and wrestler.
|| I might not admit I'm a private investigator, but there are plenty of ways to 'disguise' what I do, such as calling myself a 'security consultant'.
|| If I'm meeting someone for the first time I might say I work for the Civil Service. Then if they ask further I tell them because I'm quite proud of my job.
|| Well, I don't like to be too obvious at the club, but I'd never lie about my job. I'm not out to give people any trouble.
|| Oh, you bet! You come across a lot of rather unpleasant characters. Someone who's been battering his wife, for example, isn't going to think twice before he starts battering me!
|| I was very nearly attacked once, when I had to call the police to help me deal with a man who got extremely nasty. He was arrested -and he got a ticket from me as well!
|| Some people get a bit upset at the door and won't be told to go quietly. But I never use violence myself. If anyone starts a fight, I always call the police.
|| Not that I can think of, but, in fact, if I'm doing my job properly I shouldn't have much contact with the people I'm investigating. They shouldn't even be aware I'm interested in them!
|| Quite often I come up against people with a problem - someone ill at home, for example, and they have to get to the chemist. But I'd never stand there and argue or reduce them to tears. I just help as best I can.
|| No! To be a bouncer, you need to understand people and to know about life. I think I'm very tactful. If I made the customers cry I might as well be working on a building site.
|| Just every now and then, when a client's cheque bounces. That really brings the tears to my eyes! But, seriously, I try not to get emotionally involved in my job; otherwise I wouldn't be able to do it.
|| Some of the horrible things people say have upset me, but I wouldn't give them the satisfaction of crying. Anyway I'd look pretty stupid in a uniform sobbing on the street.
|| Do what?
|| I'd like to say the satisfaction of helping my fellow men and women, but to be honest the thing I really like best about it is the money it brings me.
|| Meeting people - I'm a real chatterbox and love talking. I used to be shy, but the job soon changed that!
|| The people, without a doubt! I can mix with the crowd for most of the time so it's a nice social job.