Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tales from the Workplace, Trucking Edition, Part XXI

I am posting stories from my job, because I think they're funny.  I've done my best to disguise my company name, even the industry, and to keep the people I write about and even some details of the situation anonymous.  If you know me, and know where I work, please don't include details in your comments.  I'll have to delete your comment and reconsider posting these stories.

Well, it's a day for the record books!  For once, this is a rave, not a rant.

We've had three truck drivers grace our presence this morning.  All three understood spoken English, spoke intelligible English themselves, and were polite.  One, a woman driver, wins our best-dressed award, too.  She had a nice blouse on, and had hair that had been recently combed (I'm guessing she had recently showered, too, which if you've been around many truck drivers, even female drivers, is NOT a given!).

One of them even showed himself capable of critical thinking.  His dispatcher had told him he was running late, showed up on their GPS tracking as not having arrived at our location yet, and told him we'd complained that he was late.  He asked us about it, because he'd thought he was supposed to be here at 9:00 and he got here a few minutes before that.  We told him that not only was his appointment for 9:00 as he thought, we did NOT call complaining that he was late.  So the company was lying to him.  Then, on his way out the door, he crossed paths with another driver from the same company, so he asked the other guy if he was having issues with his radio/GPS/communication system, as the company had told him it was company-wide, and the other driver said no, his was working fine.  So the poor driver now knows the company lied to him about TWO different issues.  Wish I could be a fly on the wall in his cab (well, not really, but...).

Wow.  Anyway, three nice, polite, well-spoken drivers.  Amazing.  Wonder what the rest of the week will bring...

[Update from the day after I originally wrote this post.  Not only have we had a couple more drivers who belong in the record books, the SAME trucking company trying to pull the wool over the drivers' eyes did it again--they sent a driver here to pick up empty trailers from our lot.  Except we always have two empty trailers on hand, because we send out one to two loaded trailers with their company each day, and need to pre-load them in order to be more efficient.  If they take the empties away from us, we can't even start loading the trailers until the drivers show up.  Ugh.  The driver, of course, was just doing what he was told, but we did NOT ask them to pick up our empties, and would have been really ticked if he'd just taken them without checking with us.]

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