Thomas Martin gets a lot of calls from worried parents, not surprising considering he owns one of the top private investigation firms in the country. The calls come from all over, sometimes internationally, but the theme is often the same: “My kid ran off to Los Angeles to be a movie star, but I think he’s on drugs and alcohol, can you find him?” Sometimes this involves a drug intervention.
Martin is president of Martin Investigative Services in Newport Beach, California. He and his team of private investigators, all former federal agents, have found hundreds of these kids. The stories and outcomes of each case vary, but Martin has rarely found anything unexpected. Until recently.
He and two investigators located a young man they had been hired to find, and went to see him. Martin recalls, “This young man had smoked about as much marijuana as anybody that I’ve ever seen in my career.”
They spent four grueling hours trying to talk the young man into getting on a plane back home for rehab. He was very close to agreeing, but suddenly the conversation took an interesting turn. He wanted to tell them something, and he took great pains to clarify that he intended it with the utmost respect possible.
And then he very politely said, “I want you to go f— yourself.”
Martin laughingly admits to being a bit stunned. In all his years of experience, he’s heard that word plenty of times and in plenty of ways, but never said with so much genuine respect.
In this case, Martin and his team left with nothing but the unexpected expletive, and the young man is still in Los Angeles to their knowledge, not in rehab or the movies.
Martin says that without a resolution or fundamental change at home, most runaways usually run away again. In cases where the runaway is under 18, Martin frequently recommends The Fenster School, a college preparatory boarding and day school in Arizona, as an excellent option for families to consider.
A transcript of the video follows:
Being based in Southern California, we get a lot of people from around the country and a few people from the international area that call us up and say, ‘My kid went to Los Angeles to become a movie star. I think they are doing drugs, I think they are doing alcohol. They are doing something, they seem to be out of sorts. Can you find them?’
We have literally found hundreds of these kids and what we try to do is get them into rehab. If they don’t want to go to rehab, then you are sunk. There is another great school that we try to get them into if they are under 18. It not only gives them an education but it does drug rehab and the success rate is over 95%. It is a phenomenal place. We give that out at no charge to people if they want to use. It is called The Fenster School in Arizona. It is a fabulous place.
I can remember about a month ago there were three of us that did an intervention on a young man who had smoked about as much marijuana as anybody I had seen in my career. He was also using hashish and I think he was also smoking heroin. I know from the smell in his apartment that he was a heavy-duty marijuana user.
We spend four grueling hours with this young man and came within a whisker of getting him back on an airplane to his home State where he could get rehab. Finally, the light bulb went on in his head and – I’ll try to do this as properly as I can – he said, ‘Mr. Martin I want to tell you something and want to tell the two investigators with you something and I want to do this with the utmost respect that I can properly muster under all these circumstances. I am a little foggy right now but I think it is going to be okay. I just want to tell you with all you have told me, I want you to go F yourself.’
I must tell you that having been in the business for 40 years to actually have someone say that word to you, but respectfully, we were all stunned. I think he is still in Los Angeles and I don’t if he has made it as an actor but he didn’t go to rehab. That was a great one.