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Old School's Comment
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That means football season is here.

It also means one dispatcher has a new problem to deal with.

Let me tell you what I witnessed today.

This week is driver appreciation week. All our terminals are having free food for the drivers who can stop by for lunch this week. I left Miami, FL this morning with a backhaul load. I decided to stop in at our terminal in Lakeland Florida to enjoy some free Bar-B-Q. It's a nice gesture. It's nice feeling like you're doing something that people appreciate.

While I'm savoring my plate of smoked sausage and pulled pork, a dispatcher enters the driver's lounge and takes a seat next to a hefty driver seated on a couch. He starts telling the driver about the load he has for him. When the details come out about the delivery time/date the driver gets a little excited and starts interrupting the dispatcher to inform him that he's going to have to add a day onto the load or he won't be able to make it.

Dismayed, the dispatcher insists that it's an easy schedule, and since the driver has refused to drive for the last three days due to a toothache, he's got a full 70 to work with.

"You don't understand," blurts out the driver. "That delivery appointment is during the Raider's game. I've told you before, I'm a diehard Raider's fan. Remember last week when I was late on that one load because I had to find a truck stop because the Raider's game was starting in about an hour? I don't drive during any of the Raider's games. We've been over this before."

The dispatcher said he'd find somebody else to run the load. As he walked back toward the office area he grabbed a piece of sausage from the buffet like set-up and started eating it as he walked by. I looked at him as he passed by me. He somehow didn't look as though he was feeling a lot of appreciation for his silly driver over there on the couch. Terminal Rats are funny creatures, but some of them make really good football fans.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Words cannot express how proud I am of you at this moment, Old School! You showed the utmost restraint from turning that special time into a "teachable moment for a Terminal Rat."

Kudos to you, Sir!

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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.

Old School's Comment
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Yeah, I'm getting good at just sitting and observing. It makes my life a lot easier. smile.gif

PackRat's Comment
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I can't believe that "driver" still has a job. Not when I start running the company! Are we that desperate for employees here?

I almost feel guilty taking a 34 hour reset today when I had hours left coming back on my recaps. First reset I've done on the road this year (including the five months at hone).

Old School's Comment
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I can't believe that "driver" still has a job.

It's crazy what people get away with. I'm like you. I wouldn't be able to live with myself after giving an excuse like that to my dispatcher.

Recently my dispatcher was complaining to me about something one of his drivers pulled. I said the same thing you just said. My dispatcher said, "The terminal manager won't let me fire the guy. He says I won't have any drivers if I keep firing them." Maybe we are desperate, but I think the desperation is only in being able to show some decent driver retention numbers to the higher level managers.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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And you know next week the Raiders Fan will be whining about how small his check is! "That dispatcher is screwing me over! I can't get any miles!" A couple months from now he'll be on Indeed or Glassdoor badmouthing Knight for firing him.

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I'm the biggest NASCAR fan, so every weekend I'm usually listening to the race live, or the rebroadcast that night, on my Sirius XM radio. I haven't missed a race all year while I'm driving. Every NFL game is on there, too.

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.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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This driver sucks... But then so do the Raiders. The Raiders screw over their fans by moving to Las Vegas. This driver screws over his dispatcher by watching a pathetic team. I'm more of a college football fan. A die-hard Iowa Hawkeye fan. So how did I get around not missing my team's games? Sirius Radio. Hulu TV I don't have satellite I'm not going to pay for it. And I can still drive and cuss and cheer. College teams only play 12 games. My Hawkeyes win more games then the Raiders who play 16

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I love hearing some of the excuses people have for not wanting to work. Thanks for the laugh old school. That's awesome that Knight is treating the drivers to free food this week and I'm sure there is some complaining they cooked BBQ instead of steaks and lobsters, cant please everyone.

Junkyard dog says

This driver sucks... But then so do the Raiders. The Raiders screw over their fans by moving to Las Vegas. This driver screws over his dispatcher by watching a pathetic team. I'm more of a college football fan. A die-hard Iowa Hawkeye fan.

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You are going to be greatly disappointed come saturday when Iowa State DESTROYS the Hawkeyes. Just kidding, I'm probably one of the very few people in this state that doesnt follow college ball.smile.gif

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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The Raiders are hosting the Chiefs for the 4:00 pm game this Sunday.

Wonder if their biggest fan will be parked in time to see them lose?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
icecold24k's Comment
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The Raiders are hosting the Chiefs for the 4:00 pm game this Sunday.

Wonder if their biggest fan will be parked in time to see them lose?

He may not have a paycheck, but at least he has the fulfillment of watching the game lol. We couldn't expect him to maybe listen to it on the SiriusXm while turning miles now could we? rofl-3.gifrofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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