RECENT CDL GRAD (GOT TERMINATED FOR VIOLATING COMPANY POLICY)

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PackRat's Comment
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I've been to more than a half dozen orientation classes in 5 years (YIKES!), and each has stressed a no alcohol policy during training.

This is a good example for others, though. Pay attention to the details at all times.

This is a tough example you willingly shared with us, Richard D. We aren't bashing you, but Dang! Start sending out applications, and making phone calls on Monday. Tell the truth and you should end up somewhere I'll bet. It's a big setback, but not the end of the world.

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Jay F.'s Comment
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I attended TMC orientation, and like OS said they make it real clear no booze in the hotel, and it’s in the handbook. It’s crystal clear.

In my past career I did a ton of training, and our director of training always stressed that trainees needed to be near perfect, because in training you should put you best foot forward. Anything that wasn’t perfect character wise was a red flag. If a trainee was goofing off in training it would only get worse when out of training and on their own. In TMC’s eyes if you were willing to have a beer your first week then they know when your taking your ten you will be having a beer plus plus.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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You didn’t like your trainer. Why?

I’m a recent CDL grad and I got terminated for “violating company policy” by TMC. During training on my home time I had beer in my hotel room and TMC fired me for violating company policy. Because their company policy states you can’t have beer when they’re paying for your hotel stay. Which I wasn’t aware of. I was only with TMC for a week... They even gave me a “reasonable suspicion” test for Alcohol — which I passed. I blew .000... What can I do now???

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.
Moose Holland's Comment
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I’m a recent CDL grad and I got terminated for “violating company policy” by TMC. During training on my home time I had beer in my hotel room and TMC fired me for violating company policy. Because their company policy states you can’t have beer when they’re paying for your hotel stay. Which I wasn’t aware of. I was only with TMC for a week... They even gave me a “reasonable suspicion” test for Alcohol — which I passed. I blew .000... What can I do now???

How the devil did your company even know you had beer in that hotel room in the first place? Are there spy cameras? Did you tell them you had a beer in the hotel room?

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.
PackRat's Comment
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I’m a recent CDL grad and I got terminated for “violating company policy” by TMC. During training on my home time I had beer in my hotel room and TMC fired me for violating company policy. Because their company policy states you can’t have beer when they’re paying for your hotel stay. Which I wasn’t aware of. I was only with TMC for a week... They even gave me a “reasonable suspicion” test for Alcohol — which I passed. I blew .000... What can I do now???

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How the devil did your company even know you had beer in that hotel room in the first place? Are there spy cameras? Did you tell them you had a beer in the hotel room?

Read the OP's response again.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Like PJ said I made it halfway through the first day of orientation with Roehl before being sent home and just in the few hours there they made it real clear about the no alcohol policy, both verbal and written. They said the hotel will report you if they catch you with any and you will be sent home, I don't drink so it didn't matter to me but somepeople seemed surprised at the strictness.

But remember orientation/ training is one long interview, you wouldn't bust out a beer in the middle of a interview would you? Same applies here

PJ's Comment
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Bill, wow they still talk about that class... No I was in a very small 4 person class behind it. They went out and celebrated and got caught. We saw first hand how serious they were. 4 people with brand new cdl’s that were unemployed and had training bills to pay. Another gal in the class behind me brought some beer in the hotel and was sent home.

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.
Moose Holland's Comment
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I’m a recent CDL grad and I got terminated for “violating company policy” by TMC. During training on my home time I had beer in my hotel room and TMC fired me for violating company policy. Because their company policy states you can’t have beer when they’re paying for your hotel stay. Which I wasn’t aware of. I was only with TMC for a week... They even gave me a “reasonable suspicion” test for Alcohol — which I passed. I blew .000... What can I do now???

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How the devil did your company even know you had beer in that hotel room in the first place? Are there spy cameras? Did you tell them you had a beer in the hotel room?

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Read the OP's response again.

Oh, I see now. The OP had a beer in his hand going through the door to his room in plain sight. That makes sense. I would probably have beer hidden in a paper bag or my cooler but I don't drink myself so I don't have to worry about alcohol.

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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I’m a recent CDL grad and I got terminated for “violating company policy” by TMC. During training on my home time I had beer in my hotel room and TMC fired me for violating company policy. Because their company policy states you can’t have beer when they’re paying for your hotel stay. Which I wasn’t aware of. I was only with TMC for a week... They even gave me a “reasonable suspicion” test for Alcohol — which I passed. I blew .000... What can I do now???

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How the devil did your company even know you had beer in that hotel room in the first place? Are there spy cameras? Did you tell them you had a beer in the hotel room?

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Read the OP's response again.

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Oh, I see now. The OP had a beer in his hand going through the door to his room in plain sight. That makes sense. I would probably have beer hidden in a paper bag or my cooler but I don't drink myself so I don't have to worry about alcohol.

Here is a thought “Brad”; instead of hiding it; follow the rules and the policies of your employer. If you cannot manage to comply with simple rules, especially in orientation, you have no business operating an 80k truck.

We clear...? Brad?

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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I’m a recent CDL grad and I got terminated for “violating company policy” by TMC. During training on my home time I had beer in my hotel room and TMC fired me for violating company policy. Because their company policy states you can’t have beer when they’re paying for your hotel stay. Which I wasn’t aware of. I was only with TMC for a week... They even gave me a “reasonable suspicion” test for Alcohol — which I passed. I blew .000... What can I do now???

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How the devil did your company even know you had beer in that hotel room in the first place? Are there spy cameras? Did you tell them you had a beer in the hotel room?

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Read the OP's response again.

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Oh, I see now. The OP had a beer in his hand going through the door to his room in plain sight. That makes sense. I would probably have beer hidden in a paper bag or my cooler but I don't drink myself so I don't have to worry about alcohol.

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Here is a thought “Brad”; instead of hiding it; follow the rules and the policies of your employer. If you cannot manage to comply with simple rules, especially in orientation, you have no business operating an 80k truck.

We clear...? Brad?

Oops sorry, meant “Moose.”.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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