Is it okay to ask truckers...

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by KansasKaos, Aug 31, 2023.

  1. KansasKaos

    KansasKaos Bobtail Member

    Aug 31, 2023
    I'm a homeless disabled veteran in Newton Kansas and need some work very badly. Is it ok for me to approach drivers about polishing wheels for them? I'm not trying to scam or panhandle.
    I just want to work. I grew up polishing my mom and dad's trucks and kind of enjoyed it. If it is ok to approach drivers, how should this be done? Thanks for any advice.
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  3. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Just walk up to them at truck stops or wherever and make your pitch. Don't be advertising your services too much or the truck stops might kick you out.
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  4. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
  5. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    I have used the services of people like yourself. Fellow polished my wheels for what I thought was way too cheap. Guy said $20.
    I gave him $50, though that was 20 years ago.
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  6. BillyBobFrank

    BillyBobFrank Light Load Member

    Nov 7, 2022
    I'd have no issue with it, but you want to ask the right people. Ask people who's truck looks pretty nice already, but just needs a refresh. Don't ask company drivers (Old Dominion, UPS, Knight, Estes, JB Hunt, Swift, etc), we don't own the trucks, so we typically care enough to pay someone to polish our rims. Plus what another driver says is true - you could attract unwanted attention if you ask too many people.
    I have another idea, hopefully it can work for you. Ask the truck stop if they'll hire you. Truck stops have food, bathrooms, showers, and usually laundry. Mention you're a vet on hard times and need a job. Be upfront and mention you're homeless, but it would be easy for you to come prepared for work if you could use one of the showers before your shift starts. You could also see if they could let you use their laundry facilities for free or at a reduced cost when you need them. When food is about to expire and be thrown out, you might be able to keep it instead. There are many ####ty people in this world, but I've also met quite a few great people, some of them are managers at truck stops.
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  7. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Keep a fair distance from the driver and ask your question. I was always leery of ANYONE getting too close to me, like while I was fueling or getting in/out of my truck. I started driving in the 1990s when every truck stop had dozens of people wanting to offer one thing or another. "Hey driver, I can polish your wheels for X amount per wheel... If not have a blessed day" or whatever your pitch would be. The very first thing most drivers will assume the instant you make contact is you are looking for a handout.

    Good luck.
  8. Metalicious

    Metalicious Road Train Member

    Sep 27, 2015
    I have seen folks come offering $20 polishing. I usually say no, but I am also not sure if that was for all the wheels on the truck or $20 per wheel. Maybe I should say yes next time and help somebody out.
  9. 2rescuekids

    2rescuekids Light Load Member

    May 25, 2023
    Sure it's OK but don't expect company drivers to pay you they won't get reimbursed.
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