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Brett Aquila's Comment
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When you leave, take your truck and trailer with you

That's Jim's Truck Stop outside of Buffalo. I went home to visit my family one Christmas and left my truck there on Christmas Eve. There were like maybe 10 trucks in the whole place that night. I came back the next morning and it had been towed. $400 tow bill and a Merry Christmas from Jim's Truck Stop for me.

After years of being a regular customer there I've never returned since, and never will. Who tows someone's truck from an empty parking lot on Christmas Eve? That place.

PlanB's Comment
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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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When you leave, take your truck and trailer with you

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That's Jim's Truck Stop outside of Buffalo. I went home to visit my family one Christmas and left my truck there on Christmas Eve. There were like maybe 10 trucks in the whole place that night. I came back the next morning and it had been towed. $400 tow bill and a Merry Christmas from Jim's Truck Stop for me.

After years of being a regular customer there I've never returned since, and never will. Who tows someone's truck from an empty parking lot on Christmas Eve? That place.

Brett, you are from Buffalo?

I used to work down the street from Jim's.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Brett, you are from Buffalo?

Yeah, I grew up in Alden and moved away for a while after high school. Lived in numerous states but mostly lived in my rig for about 15 years. Returned and lived in Attica for 12 years. I'm selling my house in Attica and I now live outside of Keeseville, NY in the Adirondacks.

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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.

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Brett, you are from Buffalo?

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Yeah, I grew up in Alden and moved away for a while after high school. Lived in numerous states but mostly lived in my rig for about 15 years. Returned and lived in Attica for 12 years. I'm selling my house in Attica and I now live outside of Keeseville, NY in the Adirondacks.

Nice. If I have to stay in NY, the Adirondacks would be the place I would prefer. Unfortunately, my wife's family is in Buffalo, so I guess I am until she gives me the boot. :)

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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.

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Hey Brett, I remember Jim's rather well as the only game in town when delivering in Buffalo area. I always thought they should have purchased at least part of the old K Mart parking lot if they could just to have additional parking. Probably a local ordinance against expanding the truck stop like so many other local areas are against anything trucks. Did they ever justify why you were towed? Just curious but it sure was wrong.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Hey Brett, I remember Jim's rather well as the only game in town when delivering in Buffalo area. I always thought they should have purchased at least part of the old K Mart parking lot if they could just to have additional parking. Probably a local ordinance against expanding the truck stop like so many other local areas are against anything trucks. Did they ever justify why you were towed? Just curious but it sure was wrong.

Loves wanted to build a truck stop on Grand Island, but the town made an end run around voters and simply passed a law against truck stops, since some residents supported it and it doesn't fit their "vision" of what they want. An abuse of power, in my opinion.

There was a facebook group discussing it so I joined. Fastest I have ever been booted from a group, less than 24 hours. Apparently they took offense at me telling them to stop whining and blocking a company willing to bring over 65 jobs to the island. The same people crying that we need businesses here on the island rejected Loves because "truckers are undesirable". The same group of people that thought "someone should buy that vacant lot and plant trees on it and let it remain wild. The cost of the lot? $250,000. I hate NY sometimes.

I suspect Cheektowaga, where Jim's is located, faces a lot of opposition as well.

As far as no trucks without driver present MAY have to do with plowing. We have what we call the snow belt here, where the snow fall is heavier than surrounding areas. Jim's is at the northern end of that belt. I worked down the street, and it was snowing so heavy once we would plow down one side of the building, come up the other side, around the front, and then when we turned the corner to go down the first side, there was already 2 to 3 inches of new snow. The total was about 7 feet, if I remember correctly over a 24 hour period, but definitely no more than two days.

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There are 4 that patrol the Highpoint Welcome center, on I80 at Nebraska, Wyomissing border.

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Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Grumpy Old Man, I think you have hit the nail on the head. A whole lot of towns and cities today do not want the word "Truckstop" mentioned for anywhere within their borders. No matter the tax base or the number of jobs created they do not want any part of our occupation in sight of city limits. Sooner or later it will bite them in the a__. If we as a group decided to refuse to not deliver to their businesses or pick up their commodities or not spend one dime to purchase anything within their borders things might start to really affect their economies. I just will not patronize any place that is anti truck.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Grumpy Old Man, I think you have hit the nail on the head. A whole lot of towns and cities today do not want the word "Truckstop" mentioned for anywhere within their borders. No matter the tax base or the number of jobs created they do not want any part of our occupation in sight of city limits. Sooner or later it will bite them in the a__. If we as a group decided to refuse to not deliver to their businesses or pick up their commodities or not spend one dime to purchase anything within their borders things might start to really affect their economies. I just will not patronize any place that is anti truck.

I agree. A 2 week boycott by truckers would change their tune real quick.

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