Can’t Fix Stupid

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Parrothead66's Comment
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We had to let 3 guys go today. After one week of orientation and 1/2 week of 1st week training. Company provides hotel and meals for these two weeks. They also send and orientation packet, what to bring, how to appear and act, what’s taught etc....Well one thing they instruct during your hiring process: orientation and 1st week training is no alcohol and no alcohol in the rooms. So they either didn’t care or didn’t know that someone saw them knocking out the case of beer. And leaving beer and empties in their room for housecleaning to see. So 3 guys missed out on a great company and a chance to earn some pretty decent money even in their first couple years. Hey I like a cold brew about as much as anyone but damn man be responsible....your family deserves it.

Unholychaos's Comment
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We had to let 3 guys go today. After one week of orientation and 1/2 week of 1st week training. Company provides hotel and meals for these two weeks. They also send and orientation packet, what to bring, how to appear and act, what’s taught etc....Well one thing they instruct during your hiring process: orientation and 1st week training is no alcohol and no alcohol in the rooms. So they either didn’t care or didn’t know that someone saw them knocking out the case of beer. And leaving beer and empties in their room for housecleaning to see. So 3 guys missed out on a great company and a chance to earn some pretty decent money even in their first couple years. Hey I like a cold brew about as much as anyone but damn man be responsible....your family deserves it.

This is almost word for word what my old CDL instructor told us not to do when sent off to orientation. He said that some people see it as a party, that they forget that they're there for a long interview process and end up screwing it all up by drinking.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
G-Town's Comment
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Worse than this...many still fall through the cracks and get caught drinking while in their truck, on-duty. Sad.

We had a guy two years ago that had a flask in his cab, apparently "nipping" at it frequently. One day he travelled from one store stop to the next failing to close and re-seal the roll-up door on his reefer. He was obviously flagged for this oversite, when he returned to the D.C. he was required to submit to a "random". Never saw him again...

I have several other stories similar to this, sharing one is enough. Don't be a Dummy.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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There are a lot of people who take a shot at trucking, but many don't take it seriously. People famously underestimate how difficult it is and how much dedication it takes to do this job at a high level.

Big Scott's Comment
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Also, although it's illegal to have open or closed containers of alcoholic beverages in your cab, most truck stop reviews on trucker path have reference to wether or not there is beer sold there.

C T.'s Comment
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I found an empty beer can and pack of noodles on my trail while doing a pretrip a few months ago. I was in shock at the audacity. wtf.gif

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Old School's Comment
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Beer and noodles! The breakfast of truck driving champions.

Harry the hat's Comment
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Parrot, up at pleasant Hill NC we had one guy go get high with someone he met at the Sadler Bros restaurant, next to our hotel in emporia. For some reason, he wasn't in class next day. Lol.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Crazy people man

Parrot, up at pleasant Hill NC we had one guy go get high with someone he met at the Sadler Bros restaurant, next to our hotel in emporia. For some reason, he wasn't in class next day. Lol.

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