Bizarre Encounter With Another Driver

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I stopped at a Love’s yesterday at 1600 to take my 10 hour break. It was a smallish facility and packed. I managed to find a spot parallel to a curb behind several other trucks. When my ten was up, noticed that another driver had double parked next to me completely blocking me in. He had his window shades drawn and I assumed he was on his 10 hour break. I couldn’t back up or go forward enough to get out. , so I had to knock on his cab and asked him to back up so I could get out. I had already checked behind his trailer and there was no one behind him. He was parked to my blind side. I guess he was from Jamaica because he called me mon instead of man. He said “No mon, you can get out now.” I again asked him just to back up enough for me to get out and then he could pull right back up. I told him there was not enough room unless he backed up. “No mon, you have room.”

We argued back and forth and he refused to budge. I told him if he didn’t move I would have to call the police and his company. He still refused, so I called the police. In about 15 minutes an officer arrived, asked me what the problem was so I explained my predicament to him. He told me to wait in my truck and he went back to talk to the other driver. He was a that driver’s window for about 10 minutes and I could see their conversation was not getting anywhere. Finally he comes back to me and says “Here’s what we’re going to do. The other driver is going to pull up and to his right and then you pull out and I will watch to make sure you can get out without hitting him. By this time another officer had arrived. So I followed his directions and got out with about 6” of clearance.

I still haven’t figured this one out.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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It's the new age of "ME, ME, ME! And foreigners here, are for some, rude butt munches, think they are "entitled" lol Oh he woulda moved his S*#T if it was me, but luckily I never had that problem, parked plenty of time and space to not get blocked in

G-Town's Comment
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I still haven’t figured this one out.

Unprofessional self-centered, POS. Tremendous waste of taxpayer money!

Davy A.'s Comment
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I'm guessing that he doesn't know how to back up or not well. Probably why he double parked.

I've seen a few guys that just about refuse to back up aside from at a shipper or receiving and even then it was dicey. I saw three drivers refuse to back in their trailers at Werner ladders in Socorro TX. Granted it was tight there, but it's our job.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Glad that got worked out with help of police, Bruce. Did you call his company? Would be good for this company to know about their "mon".

Matthew P.'s Comment
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Man! What a bummer. I avoid places with a lot of trucks around because of the dumbassery.

You handled it well. Kudos

Pete B.'s Comment
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There’s a rest area on I-65 south, first one after you enter Alabama, where I can easily see this scenario playing out. It’s very poorly designed. The first row of trucks have an easy in/out. But the second row, it’s a mishamash of trucks parking on the bumpers of the first row, or further back in the ‘official’ lined spots… which is where I parked several nights ago, along with several other trucks on either side of me. Sadly, the driver on my right decided he wanted to leave, at 3 o’clock in the morning. Of course the truck in front of him, in the first row, hadn’t left yet, and there wasn’t enough room to pull forward and turn left to exit. So backing up was his only option, except that my trailer was preventing him from swinging his cab around to reverse. So I got a knock on my door at 3 AM. It totally sucked getting woken up at that hour, but it never occurred to me to not help him out and pull forward to the bumper of the truck in front of me, to let him out. It’s just so easy to do the right thing; like tapping your brakes to let someone in, or waiting an extra five seconds to enter the passing lane when you’re not holding anyone up, rather than cutting someone off.

G-Town's Comment
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It totally sucked getting woken up at that hour, but it never occurred to me to not help him out and pull forward to the bumper of the truck in front of me, to let him out. It’s just so easy to do the right thing

“Yes easy”; for someone professional and reasonable. Unfortunately… professional, courteous “do the right thing” breed of trucker is shrinking.

BK's Comment
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It totally sucked getting woken up at that hour, but it never occurred to me to not help him out and pull forward to the bumper of the truck in front of me, to let him out. It’s just so easy to do the right thing

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“Yes easy”; for someone professional and reasonable. Unfortunately… professional, courteous “do the right thing” breed of trucker is shrinking.

Amen to that.

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