Profile For Don

Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 5 months ago

Don's Bio

Ex-longtime Nurse now driving a Daycab hauling corrugated boxes in Ohio, plus PA, NY and IN.

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Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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My horrible experience with Schneider training center in Phoenix AZ, read before you apply

No, everyone will not go through the same at Schneider as you, unless they too have a sense of entitlement. Get this through t your thick head. Trucking companies are not here to serve your every whim and demand. You work for them; they don't work for you. I have seen posts from some real thumb suckers, and you are close to being the biggest. My encouraging words? Get out of trucking.

Ok everyone, enough for here as my post get deleted because someone feel so. The point of this post was letting those applying to Schneider in Phoenix AZ know what they wil go thru. If they are desperate enough to be ok with it, I wish them good luck. For the rest of you guys here, I hope you respect your profession a bit more. Do not settle for any and every crap just because you are a trucker, you are tough, you are the real man. Do not assume that everyone needs to go thru the same pain as yours, to be an awesome trucker like "you". As long as majority of you don't change your mindset, this career gonna be looked down by others and you will be treated like a rescue from homeless shelter by your employer. Bye

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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My horrible experience with Schneider training center in Phoenix AZ, read before you apply

I don't know where you are from, but most companies expect you to "do it their way or no way." You don't like that idea? Then go buy your on truck.

They were kind of Our or No Way. I bet they cannot treat experienced drinew hire or not the same way, so they were putting all their ego on zeeo experienced new hires. They can enjoy their high turn over rate... Train new drivers, Make them hate you, Loose them as soon as they find a better or even similar opportunity, rinse and repeat!!

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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My horrible experience with Schneider training center in Phoenix AZ, read before you apply

LMAO. Damn, people are so freaking soft and have huge senses of entitlement. Either his Majesty changes his attitude, or I doubt he will be around the truck driving industry very long.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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FMCSA report

I am confused. There are four accidents listed, but you state you have had only one, which you were terminated for. More information would be needed to allow forum members to have a better understanding of what you are facing, and allow them to offer more complete advice.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Got a ticket before school started

As others have advised, notify the company you were planning on training with. Do not travel to the school and try to hide it. The school will find it and bounce you for trying to hide it. If after notifying your recruiter, they decide to let you go, then immediately hire a lawyer to start working on getting that ticket either dropped or reduced. Actually, you should do that whether the carrier decides to keep you or not. It will cost money now, but has the potential of saving you a lot of time and money in the long term. Good luck.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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CFI

I think Packrat stated what is really going on. To you, "recruiters are all liars"; so what makes you think CFI's recruiter didn't lie to you too? (On a side note, I was trained by and drove a short time for CFI. They were top notch. If I ever went OTR, then they would be my first choice.)

It doesn't matter if Roehl or WE didn't require a sleep study. CFI isn't either of those companies, so stop comparing. Also, it should not matter to you if a company has in cab cameras. Sure, no one likes them, but I believe they are activated only in a triggering event. Is there something you know you should not be doing in the cab that you don't want CFI to see? I ask, because it seems those cameras are an issue for you. You can spare me the "privacy argument" also.

You should have asked questions about sleep studies and camera's when you spoke to your CFI recruiter. Frankly, I think you didn't because then, if you decide you don't like CFI (just as you didn't like Western Express or Roehl), you can try to save face by saying "CFI lied to you."

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You didn't ask your recruiter these questions before accepting a date to begin orientation?

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I don’t trust recruiters anymore, they’re all liars

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Previous Trucking Company refused to pay my last check

I'll be danged. There really is a company called Timbaktoo Trucking, but they are based in Rose Haven, MD; not Timbuktu.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Previous Trucking Company refused to pay my last check

"Timbaktoo Trucking"? Is this a joke and are we being trolled? I have to look this up.

So, you used to "raise hell with the owners" and then surprised they fired you? Really?!

You stole their truck, got pulled over and the truck was towed?

What makes you think you should have received your last check? You are darn lucky the company owner hasn't pressed charges against you for theft of his truck.

I would love to hear what driver job you think you will get after your dumb stunt.

I live in Chicago and I worked for a company in Brooklyn Park, MD named Timbaktoo Trucking. Every week, there was some issues with drivers getting their checks on time, so I used to raise hell with the owners about my check. Finally, I was terminated because of "disrespecting the owners". When they terminated me, I asked, "how am I supposed to get all my belongings back to Chicago from Maryland?" He replied, "You'll figure it out." So, I drove off in the truck attempting to get back to Chicago. Long story short, I was stopped in Pennsylvania and the truck was towed. Now, they are refusing to deposit my last paycheck. I was a 1099 driver, but I solely worked for Timbaktoo Trucking.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Employer is ceasing operations.

Thanks PJ. I am positive all will work out. I will wait to see what happens with Westside coming in.

Don I feel for you, and all your drivers having to go through this. I have went through similiar 3 seperate times in my career and they all had a couple things in common, High stress and poor communication. In fact I just went through it for my last time in March and April.

Wishing you and all the drivers there the best!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Employer is ceasing operations.

I will be fine. Will see what Westside offers scheduling wise, and go from there. Thank you G-town.

Don I’m certain you’ll land on your feet. Best of luck!

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Employer is ceasing operations.

Just heard yesterday that Westside Transport is going to be International Paper's Carrier.

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The information we got from the owners letter was they are ceasing their entire operations. There was no mention of closing select yards.

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Sure is crappy, re: mixed messages. Truck One (or Load One?) Not sure... is keeping a few yards open, across the board, on behalf of, FAB. Kinda like a booty bump b4 a full acquisition >!>!>???

More info I will fwd, as available.

I think its shixy as well. Finding more from the PM dispatch in Mt. V, as I type. J. Sloan.... email us for #'s, et al.

~ Anne & Tom ~

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Employer is ceasing operations.

The information we got from the owners letter was they are ceasing their entire operations. There was no mention of closing select yards.

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So it’s it just yards in Ohio? Is Tom being effected?

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Well, I received news today that the company I work for is ceasing operations, with last day October 31st. They have been in business for a very long time, so the sudden nature of their closing shop is shocking. We hauled for International Paper, and it appears IP is going with another company to haul their product. I will stick it out until the end, and see about trying to get hired by the company IP is going to. What a shame. I truly enjoyed working for my employer.

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FAB?

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Just spoke with a few higher ups; they are CLOSING select yards per Jim Baum. Wooster would BE one. Losing SOME accounts, and trimming the hedges, I'd guess.

~ Anne ~

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Bird One, it's all 'tippy toe'ing' right now. Chicago is .. well, Chicago. They've got things in the works.

Wisconsin, on the other hand.... nobody knows. I've got no 'in's' there .. *yet!*

The 'boo boos' may even be 'patched' before long; nobody knows. Smaller 'yard' ops will be hit first, then again, even IF.

Will keep y'all posted, as well as Don will.

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: The QC message Don got, apparently differed than ours/Tom's. It's a huge .pdf file, that ... I'll re read, and perhaps share. This stuff isn't 'new' to trucking; I'm not getting in a 'kerfuffle' myself; nor is the other half.. until we need to!

(So, email me your company info, on a J.I.C. basis, man!) ;) TIA ~!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Employer is ceasing operations.

Well, I received news today that the company I work for is ceasing operations, with last day October 31st. They have been in business for a very long time, so the sudden nature of their closing shop is shocking. We hauled for International Paper, and it appears IP is going with another company to haul their product. I will stick it out until the end, and see about trying to get hired by the company IP is going to. What a shame. I truly enjoyed working for my employer.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Depressed and burnt out

There is really no reason to feel burned out because either some consignee gives you the "you guys screwed up" bs line, or someone in the supply/dispatch chain screwed up. Do you personally load the trailer cargo? Are you able to crawl up in and look at each load sheet on a pallet/bundle? I would not think so. The few times I have dealt with some yahoo that blames "you drivers" on a load that was screwed up, I have no issue reminding them that I did not load the trailer, and (if they have an issue then) complain to the Shipper who did. My job is to get cargo to them on time without damaging it." That usually shuts them up. If not, I just walk away and let dispatch know what is going on. Thankfully, the vast majority of our consignees are easy to get along with.

It's been a great first 9 month's being a noob trucker on the DG account. One of the top drivers, and was given a brand new truck by my boss last month.

Had a situation with a manager who basically set me back half day because she was so angry with the DC. It affected me since it made me reflect on how DG managers/employees are constantly complaining and get mad at drivers because of what the DC sends them. Setting new records money wise only gets you so far before you don't care anymore.

Other than time off anything you guys do to lift your spirits while on the road when you're down in the gutter?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why no restrooms in semi-truck sleeper cabs?

I've read posts that were a load of crap, but this one takes the cake.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Can I sue?

Is the jist of this story, the OP got his truck stuck in mud, the safety manager tried to pull it out and broke something on the truck, the OP got a preventable and now wants to sue the company? I would assume the OP got a preventable because he got the tractor stuck requiring a pull out, which resulted in something getting broke.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Scared sh*tless

It isn't only four-wheelers out here doing crazy and dangerous driving. I have experienced and seen semi- drivers doing some truly aggressive actions. My favorite is their tailgating, then passing, then merging back in front of me with a mere car length or two distance in front of me. Some will proceed to then slow down. I then ask myself: "Did I **** them off somehow driving in my lane," "was I too slow driving 69 in a 70, or are they just stupid?"

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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CDL Grad- Told I was hired then not hired

It didn't take long for the OP to start making derogatory statements about the industry he wants to make a career of, simply because he didn't get the job he believed he was entitled to. He also did not explain how he was "discriminated against," but maybe I missed reading how. The important thing to concentrate on now is shorting out his references for what he did during his periods of unemployment, and start applying at many companies. Also, stop feeling like you are entitled to be given a job, because you are not. In fact, change your entire attitude about the industry, or you won't make it very far.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Company CDL Program rattled my confidence.

How long were you at school before you quit? You do realize that unless there was a grace period of some sort, you have to pay the tuition for the school you left.

What do you consider a "proper school"? Your stating, "i survived 3 hours driving with live traffic, alley docked and drove on the highway" makes it appear you think doing so was a major accomplishment. You are going to need to toughen up emotionally a bit if you plan on going to another school. The instructor you get may be as rough as the instructor you had, or worse. There is a reason why instructors may be tough under the collar. You are going to have to plan to adjust to it if you plan on succeeding at ANY school.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Personal vehicle speeding ticket

In many States, 15 mph over the speed limit is Recklless Driving. Listen to what Rob T. suggested you do. Also, just because everyone else was speeding 10-15 mph over the speed limit is no excuse for your doing so, especially as a professional driver. This will be an expensive lesson. Hopefully, you will learn from it. Good luck.

On the way to work this morning i was driving on i69 were the speed limit is 65 but traffic usually does 75-80 i was cruising at 80 mph and as i came around the corner a state trooper was sitting there and pulled me over! I got a ticket for 81 in a 65! How will this affect current employment and future employment?

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