Fired, because of rumors. I have been applying for other jobs.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Shackdaddy, Dec 7, 2021.

  1. Shackdaddy

    Shackdaddy Light Load Member

    Aug 5, 2021
    Got called into the office. The conversation starts so we know you got another job offer and we know you’ve been complaining about some of the changes around here. I cut him off, in the last safety meeting there were quite a few complaining much more than I did and you were there as I recall. Yeah and now a lot of them have quit or threatening to quit and we understand you’ve been recruiting them to go with you to your new job are you getting a referral bonus? I say I’m not recruiting anyone for anything and I haven’t even given notice yet, sure I got job offers you know that because they gotta verify employment but that’s only because you’re going crazy with these driver facing cameras being installed and If that’s causing drivers to flee I fail to see how that’s my fault. Well we think you’re recruiting our drivers to go with you so we’re gonna need your keys and fuel card. So I’m fired really ? Yeah really.

    I take my keys and credit card and act like I’m gonna hand them to him and then drop them on the floor. Covid you know I tell him as he looks shocked at me, gotta be contactless. I walk out and they start shouting I gotta wait for security to escort me off the grounds, I just kept walking. Got in my pick up truck and drive away. Our security guard is this 60 year old overweight woman who smokes 3 packs a day and is usually hard to find so I wasn’t waiting for such silliness.

    It’s true I got a job offer and have agreed to start new job January 3rd so this isn’t a big loss. Think this is their way of feeling like they won. There are indeed other drivers going to my new company but I didn’t really recruit anyone so much as a few guys asked me about it and they ended up applying too.

    Guess I’ll file unemployment. Which I’ve never done. Part of me is mad, but another part of me is looking forward to not working for the holidays and starting my new cameraless job in the new year.
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  3. chazbro

    chazbro Light Load Member

    Sep 4, 2021
    I think that if you're getting hired on with a new company in January, filing for unemployment is pointless.

    So do tell, what company is this?
  4. Shackdaddy

    Shackdaddy Light Load Member

    Aug 5, 2021
    For personal reasons I won’t name companies. The one I’m no longer with is a mid sized LTL outfit in Houston. I’m going to work for a company that delivers building materials to plants and refineries that are expanding. So lots of pipes and things of I’ll be doing Van and Flat and I’ve never done flatbed so it’ll pay me more and give me more experience and no dam cameras or sensors or any of that garbage. But that’s if nothing better comes up, my resume is still online and I get people pretty well begging me to come drive for them.
  5. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    you're filing for unemployment will be checked out.

    your now former employer can just say you threw the keys and credit card at him, and walked off

    most times, it takes 2 weeks for any claim to be valid, take with that the shortage of workers at the unemployment office, it can be 3, maybe 4 weeks before you even get a denial or approval.

    next time you get a new job, tell the new employer that you really do not want your current employer to know that you are looking for new employment.

    from what i was told, from there, they may only call saying that they are from a credit card company, just checking employment times.

    also, never let it be known your displeasure working at a place, to ANYONE, as anyone will gladly stab you in the back, and rat you out.

    this current situation can go badly for you, so be prepared for repercussions for the unemployment office. and god help you, if the new employer has a problem in the next week let alone into January, and calls you and says now they do not need you.....
  6. Shackdaddy

    Shackdaddy Light Load Member

    Aug 5, 2021
    I’m not even sure if I’m gonna file unemployment or not. Truth be told I don’t need the money it’ll only be a few weeks and I’m not worried about new job taking the offer back if by some chance they did plenty of other options in this business now that I have over 3 years experience with no tickets or accidents. Some big name LTL outfits keep calling me as well including Old Dominion but the LTL world is a strict world and I have my Air Force pension and benefits so don’t necessarily need to be dealing with overbearing company strictness. I prefer a more laid back atmosphere and I think I found that with my new job and a couple other offers I got with no camera no BS companies as well. It seems the bigger a company gets in trucking the more strict. Some seemingly have accepted that if not outright embraced it. But I just can’t.
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  7. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Kansas city,Mo
    Well at least you handled it professionally and didn’t throw a temper tantrum.
  8. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Road Train Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    Congratulations on dumping the camera company. They deserve it.
  9. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    They say the best revenge is living well. Hopefully the new job is better and you never have to think about the past company again. I typically tell any company do not contact my current employer until everything else is completed. But I've heard many companies contact your current employer regardless. It's done. I would spedn only a few minutes thingking if there was a better way for all of this to happen. If there was, remember to do that. If there isn't anything to be learn drop it forever. I'm a worrier so I tend to worry about all 890 ways something can go wrong, how each step has 809 ways to be done, and the 809 things I should do better, before I decide to do nothing and stay put. Each technique has risks and rewards. You do you.
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  10. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

    Dec 15, 2007
    Northern Indiana
    Good luck with the new gig!
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  11. Waterman_99

    Waterman_99 Light Load Member

    Oct 24, 2021
    Is this the company that cut out parts of their sun visors so you couldnt block the camera??
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