11 Surprising Facts About Being A Real-Life Private Investigator

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I remember watching Harriet the Spy with my friends as a young girl and believing we were just as capable of solving local crime as she was. Obviously, we didn’t have anyone writing a script for us to make sure there were plenty of cases to crack or keep us safe from any harm — and luckily none of our backyard mysteries ever got anywhere close to actual danger.

In real life, we tend to think of private investigators in the same mysterious, romantic light. Whether we’re thinking of old detective novels or of a gritty former cop who just “couldn’t follow the rules,” we have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to this very real profession.

The truth is, there’s a lot that isn’t so glamorous about choosing to spend your days (and nights) following suspects around and hoping to capture at least one small shred of evidence against them.

Take a look below to see what it’s really like to be a P.I., and let us know if we missed any of their stealthy secrets in the comments.

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1. They Get Creative When Relieving Themselves 1/11

There aren’t a lot of options when your bladder is full after a long day of staking out a suspect, so most PI’s have become very comfortable with relieving themselves in bottles, jugs, or anything handy while sitting for hours in cars.

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