Fired From Walmart...

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The company I work for has been using some of our drivers to run trailers for Walmart.. Walmart gave each driver a 15 minute video, a handbook, and explained when dropping a loaded trailer at the store in order to pick up an empty make sure you bang on the sides and check to make sure the dock plate isn't attached before hooking.. Five drivers have been dismissed from Walmart for pulling out of docks with those silver rollers inside... Walmart never explained this to our drivers... only hit the sides to make sure no one is inside and the dockplate isn't attached..pull up and make sure it's mt...then lock the door... honestly, I just don't know what to say when drivers who are not accustomed to this type of work are thrown into a situation, trained at the bare minimum, mess up and then thrown out...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Yeah.

Your previous post from more than a year prior was, "Overweight and Punished". Now Walmart is The Bad Guy?

One question for you: how much responsibility do you put on yourself as the driver?

Deleted Account's Comment
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Why the attack rat...what the heck...

Yeah.

Your previous post from more than a year prior was, "Overweight and Punished". Now Walmart is The Bad Guy?

One question for you: how much responsibility do you put on yourself as the driver?

Jamie's Comment
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When I pulled dedicated for Walmart out of North Platte, NE. Their policy was to verify the trailer is empty by talking to the store manager or someone who would let you in the back door, so stuff like this wouldn't happen. Because sometimes they close the docks before fully unloading the trailer, and this kind of stuff happens. Walmart takes safety very serious.

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Their drivers get the good training...brokered ones..not..

When I pulled dedicated for Walmart out of North Platte, NE. Their policy was to verify the trailer is empty by talking to the store manager or someone who would let you in the back door, so stuff like this wouldn't happen. Because sometimes they close the docks before fully unloading the trailer, and this kind of stuff happens. Walmart takes safety very serious.

Jamie's Comment
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I got zero training on walmart policy, I learned on the go, but I just learned over the last few years it's very common for shippers and receivers to not allow drivers to randomly pull trailers from the dock door without first verifying g that it's empty. Not entirely sure of your experience, and not putting you down or anything. It's just I haven't seen anywhere that just lets me freely grab a trailer from a dock without first talking to someone.

I've done that at some places that had yards, and I knew it would be fine, etc.

Their drivers get the good training...brokered ones..not..

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When I pulled dedicated for Walmart out of North Platte, NE. Their policy was to verify the trailer is empty by talking to the store manager or someone who would let you in the back door, so stuff like this wouldn't happen. Because sometimes they close the docks before fully unloading the trailer, and this kind of stuff happens. Walmart takes safety very serious.

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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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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We have to walk to the back of our trailers and make sure the door is closed and either the safety chain is up or the door on the dock is closed before we pull a trailer from the door. If you don't, and the trailer isn't closed it's basically an automatic firing since it can get someone hurt or killed.

Jamie's Comment
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The handbook they provided didn't go over any more details about how they handle things? Just curious

Deleted Account's Comment
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No...mine didnt...I'm sure the 5 drivers dismissed probably received the same one...

The handbook they provided didn't go over any more details about how they handle things? Just curious

PackRat's Comment
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Why the attack rat...what the heck...

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Yeah.

Your previous post from more than a year prior was, "Overweight and Punished". Now Walmart is The Bad Guy?

One question for you: how much responsibility do you put on yourself as the driver?

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Attack? Facts is what I deal in here. No apology that I didn't jump on the bashwagon with you. I did the same gig as Jamie, just with Crete out of the Cheyenne DC in 2021 for six months. I never pulled a trailer from a dock until a team leader or manager giving me a verbal "okay" beforehand.

My own orientation for contracting for WM loads was very brief, too. I asked lots of questions on anything that was not clear, though. I wrote down lots of notes, too. I still write down lots of notes. If there is ever a doubt, there is no doubt.

You wrote that five drivers had been dismissed. Which were you, number one or number five? If I was aware of others being fired, you can bet I'd be extra vigilant and not taking any shortcuts. Sounds like a serious infraction to me, similar to some videos I've watched on line. The "I hope nobody is in there when I pull out of the dock" excuse is 100% wrong at any customer.

Good luck.

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