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When the bail bondsman isn't a man at all

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The chases, takedowns, and foul language are all part of the job for bounty hunters, or at least the ones who play them on TV.

"They think we're doing nothing but chasing people down, carrying guns. It's nothing like that," said Bridgett Evans, owner of Bridgett's Bail Bonds in Tampa.

She's not what you may expect to see in this job.

"I get the, 'Oh my gosh, you don't look like a bondsman.'"

"They're like, really, a bail bondsman? Oh my goodness," echoed her co-worker, Samantha King.

However, women now dominate the bail bonds business, with 51 percent of the businesses run by ladies.

YouTube videos show so-called "lipstick bail bondsmen" in action, and shows like "Bounty Girls Miami" make the job look sexy and dangerous.

"Bounty hunters are illegal in the state of Florida. Most people don't realize that," continued Bridgett, who wants to set the record straight.

Bridgett doesn't even carry a gun and says there's nothing sexy about what she does all day long.

"I hate all of the paperwork and I hate that there are so many parties involved that can change somebody's life drastically," she said.

Her job is making sure people get to their court dates. She said women are better at the job than men because they're more understanding.

"I don't worry about neighborhoods, I don't judge anybody by what I see on the screen. I treat everyone the same," she said.

She said she wouldn't mind if her daughter joined in as the next generation of female bail bondsmen, partly because the reality is much different than the adrenaline rush you see on TV.

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