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FUGITIVES IN WASHINGTON STATE! BEWARE OF BRITISH TOURISTS

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FUGITIVES IN WASHINGTON STATE! BEWARE OF BRITISH TOURISTS
If you're an officer in Washington state, don't be surprised if your next fugitive is brought in by a bounty hunting British tourist. According to an article in the most recent Sunday edition of the New York Times, British tourists might soon be offered the opportunity to be trained by British-born professional bounty hunter Ted Oliver and to participate in a real live fugitive hunt. Oliver, who now lives in Bonney Lake (WA), plans to start offering his services next month. For $1,600 (excluding airfare, food and accommodations), Oliver plans to train the tourists in martial arts and handcuffing techniques before taking them on the fugitive trail. Along with a uniform, participants will receive a ballistic vest as part of their vacation package. "It's for their own protection, really," says Oliver. "When you kick the door in, as you sometimes have to, you never know what you might find." After training, the bounty hunting Brits will accompany Oliver for a week of fun and adventure tracking down bail jumpers of all kinds, from petty criminals to dangerous armed robbers. But if they're thinking of recouping their travel costs by collecting a reward for nabbing a fugitive, they need to think again. Part of the agreement is that all reward money goes directly to Oliver's firm, the National Fugitive Recovery Bureau. So what about liability? Seems like a program like this could be a legal nightmare. Do the toughened tourists have to sign away any right to hold Oliver responsible if they're injured or killed? "Good heavens, yes," laughs Oliver's agent Clive Corner. "This is entirely at their own risk." Sure would make for some interesting vacation stories.
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Entered on: 03/25/1998
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