New Boot Device Being Deployed To Threaten Walmart Overnighters

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DaveW's Comment
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A relatively new "boot" device, combined with draconian Walmart parking enforcement, is becoming the nemesis of truck drivers wishing for nothing more than a quiet, uninterrupted night's sleep.

New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters

Rob T.'s Comment
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Regarding the video mentioned it's ridiculous they didnt attempt to wake the drivers prior to "booting" them, but signs are posted.

My views will likely differ from most of you due to not sleeping in the truck. With that being said it annoys me when I see, or hear drivers complaining somewhere will not allow them to sleep on their property. Big deal if you spent $50 inside the store, it still doesn't give you the RIGHT to stay especially if there are signs posted without atleast getting permission from a manager first. I also see plenty of local drivers parking in places they shouldn't be, so it isnt just OTR folks. Yes, finding parking to accommodate a 70 foot vehicle is difficult but it doesn't give us the right to park on private property against the owners wishes. A couple weeks ago we had one of our newer members telling us he doesn't even ask stores for permission he'll just do it. I think that's disrespectful and showing lack of respect for these places is what got us into this predicament. How often do you go to a truckstop and see pee bottles, trash, or even POOP in a bag thrown on the ground? These companies are trying to run a profitable business, how are they supposed to do that needing to hire a couple people to clean up after SOME nasty drivers and have local customers go elsewhere due to being disgusted.

Its similar to truck stops charging for parking. If you stay there for 10 or 34 hours you're likely going inside multiple times using their facilities and with how many drivers it seems try to avoid buying stuff inside due to cost (understandable) they aren't making as much money. I don't know what the profit per gallon of diesel is but for unleaded I'd read somewhere it was about 3 cents per gallon. I know a couple companies reimburse for paid parking, it would be nice if more did, within reason. Obviously they aren't going to dish out $100 a night so you can park in Joe's Pasture.

There's no doubt that there is a parking shortage in many areas of the country but EXPECTING private businesses to be your answer is wrong. I always hear the arguement of drivers spending so much in Walmart but it's no where near what the locals do.

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Marc Lee's Comment
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I understand the issue and am not taking a position either way. However... I've never understood the logic behind immobilizing a vehicle you want to move!

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Drivers have the responsibility to determine where they can park and where they can't park. There are usually ample places to park and if a driver has some thinking ability, he can find a legal spot 99 times out of 100.

That being said, I don't like Wal-Mart parking policies. I know they have been instituted because of driver abuse and other issues, but on the other hand, Wal-Mart depends on drivers to keep their DC's and stores stocked. Without truck drivers, the ENTIRE economy would collapse. So, can there be common ground found?

Jan P.'s Comment
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I've never understood the logic behind immobilizing a vehicle you want to move!

Your not thinking big picture. If it hits enough wallets people take notice. Signs obviously didn't do the job so they moved to the thing people feel the most which is that hit to the wallet.

Do you think a driver who got hit with 500 will ever park there again? How about anyone who saw this, would you park there knowing it could cost you 500?

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I've never understood the logic behind immobilizing a vehicle you want to move!

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Your not thinking big picture. If it hits enough wallets people take notice. Signs obviously didn't do the job so they moved to the thing people feel the most which is that hit to the wallet.

Do you think a driver who got hit with 500 will ever park there again? How about anyone who saw this, would you park there knowing it could cost you 500?

EXCUSE me, but I have a problem with this Wal-Mart policy. If Wheels-On-Wheels brought you your food and you dictated where they parked, or called the police, wouldn't that be self-defeating? Where would Wal-Mart be without trucks and drivers? And who pays the ticket? The company or the driver? Either way it doesn't make sense to me. Please correct me if I'm not seeing this correctly.

OWI:

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Oops! I meant Meals on Wheels. (I had my tongue over my eye tooth and couldn't see what I was typing).

Rob T.'s Comment
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What i want to know is why is Walmart required to provide you a place to park overnight. Nobody ever mentions target or malls yet I never see anyone parked there. If I were to deliver a brand new pool to your home does that mean I can set up a tent in your front yard without permission and leave my trash in your grass? Similar concept

Rob T.'s Comment
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I'm not sure how other companies operate but the 2 I've drove for will pay tickets then do payroll deductions depending on ticket. Food service gig they paid parking tickets due to sometimes parking illegally downtown and overweight tickets due to cramming as much is possible on trailers. Most times it isnt Walmart banning trucks. Its the city ordinances and land owners that Walmart is leasing the property from. Walmart gets fined for trucks being there overnight

Big T's Comment
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Walmart already pays you to deliver the freight. That is where their responsibility ends. I guess companies could negotiate some parking along with that compensation, but it wouldn't open it up to other drivers.

As far as the ticket goes; the driver made the choice to park where they weren't supposed to they should pay the ticket.

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I've never understood the logic behind immobilizing a vehicle you want to move!

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Your not thinking big picture. If it hits enough wallets people take notice. Signs obviously didn't do the job so they moved to the thing people feel the most which is that hit to the wallet.

Do you think a driver who got hit with 500 will ever park there again? How about anyone who saw this, would you park there knowing it could cost you 500?

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EXCUSE me, but I have a problem with this Wal-Mart policy. If Wheels-On-Wheels brought you your food and you dictated where they parked, or called the police, wouldn't that be self-defeating? Where would Wal-Mart be without trucks and drivers? And who pays the ticket? The company or the driver? Either way it doesn't make sense to me. Please correct me if I'm not seeing this correctly.

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Operating While Intoxicated

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