Amazon driver quits, can’t Handel 13 hour days.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Old Man, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

    Dec 26, 2011
    Portales, NM
    Yeah, working for Bezos under the arrangements mentioned in here is worthy of quitting too. I just wouldn't make a big scene out of it. Park the goods at the appropriate spot and bounce.

    On another issue, when did we stop using "benefits"? I don't know, but that short-hand "bennies" just sounds irritating after awhile. But then again, the "short-hand plague" seems to have afflicted every sector.
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  3. Swedish Chef

    Swedish Chef Heavy Load Member

    Apr 30, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Don’t worry, folks. He’s found himself a nice cushy desk job since his old job was too hard. Here’s a picture of him I found online.

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  4. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    One of our guys took a seasonal Christmas job at a major LTL outfit while things were slow here.
    They had him doing package delivery. He said he'd never do it again. He didn't mind the hours...we work a lot of hours here...but he lost track of how many times he hopped in and out of that van every day and his knees and hips didn't quit hurting for a month.
    Ever notice you never see a fat UPS driver?
  5. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Try doing LTL with triples. You'll have trailers and dollies scattered half way across the state. Airports, Industrial areas, downtown, residential, rural. It's a dirty, time sensitive job for young guys. What the hell was I thinking.
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  6. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    So he chose to take a job working for whoever owned the van and had the contract. Sounds to me like his issues were with his employer and not Amazon.
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  7. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    For a time I was a spotter in a regular daycab. I was in and out of that truck a million times.

    1. Out to do airlines/landing gear
    2. Out to open trailer doors
    3. Out to disconnect lines/landing gear
    4. Out to put jack stand at nose of trailer

    Repeat a million times. Took me two weeks to get used to it and man I could eat anything I wanted and was still losing weight. Doesn’t sound bad but every person who tried to do it complained of aches and pains.
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  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I wouldn’t want to do that with a hydraulic fluid fifth wheel, let alone a regular one.
  9. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    I'd like to see half of you pull 13+ hour days and not ##### about it.

    I did hard labour for 14 hours a day, 18 days on, 3 off. ####. That. ####. I made it 2 years then walked off the job. Life's too short to be a slave.
  10. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Heavy Load Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    While OTR, may not be hard labor per say, if you’re really honest with yourself about the job, you really are a prisoner. You are selling your freedom and health for a paycheck. Just like Uber drivers, sell the equity in their car to drive for Uber and make a buck a day. Truck drivers sell their health, freedom, and normal lifestyle to make a buck a day.

    I view OTR as a means to get where I need to go. I have no fathomable idea how many of you drove OTR for your entire lives. I’m out here 30 to 45 days at a time and I have absolutely zero social life. Drive 500 to 700 miles per day, jump in the bunk and try to force myself to sleep at all different hours and the second that clock takes over at the 10 hour mark I’m back at it again. That’s not a life either.

    ask anyone who was sentenced to prison for a very long time. They say after about 1 to 2 years you Adjust, in there’s actually certain aspects you like about prison life. Over the road trucking is virtually the same. If you take the time to zoom out and look at what you’re really doing? You’ve sold out life to do this job. It’s a harsh reality.

    I’ve done hard labor, But I was home every night and had two days a week off usually a good catch-up on being a normal person. I went to sleep at the same time every day and woke up at the same time every day.
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  11. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    Those Amazon packages don’t weigh much though. I’ve hauled a few FedEx loads in the past (before Amazon had trailers) and they were very light. I think they don’t even put them on pallets and are just stacked on top of one another.
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