Found Terminal Rat

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Cody S.'s Comment
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Well first day of training and I found the first terminal rat. 3 and a half years in and on company 13. How the heck do you even get a job like that jeez. Tell me your terminal rat storys

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rob S.'s Comment
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It's good that you can spot them and keep your distance.

This wasn't a terminal but a truck stop restaurant (Iron Skillet maybe). It's about 6am, normal collection of drivers at separate tables. Driver at the next table is facing me and his phone rings. He puts on his headset and starts a loud argument with his dispatcher.

I've already driven XXX miles in XXX hours and now I'm taking a break. And there's no way I can make the next load on time, blah, blah, blah. Reschedule this, pay me that. You better get your stuff together or I'll quit.

After he hung up on them he started talking to me. I smiled and got out of there quick. As soon as I got to my truck I called my DM and thanked her for helping me learn the trade and get the miles.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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