Paying cash for repairs to a company truck to avoid backlash?

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  1. Mototom

    Mototom Medium Load Member

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    So say someone screwed up somewhere and bent a rim/ popped a tire, needs winched out or some other non catastrophic damage to his company rig. (There’s no damage to anything at all other then the truck/trailer/equipment owned by the company)

    is it better to call it in and let the company deal with it and get a write up
    Or
    Pay for it out of pocket and keep your mouth shut?

    I’m curious what most drivers mindset is.
    I won’t lie I’ve bought a tire or two.
     
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  3. Speed_Drums

    Speed_Drums Medium Load Member

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    Pay for it out of pocket and keep your mouth shut.
     
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  4. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Never tell on yourself. Consider it a lesson you paid for Lol
     
  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Its sad that people feel they need to hide it. No other industry is as dumb as trucking when it comes to screwups.
     
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    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Small nic nac stuff that a mega company would ding ya for I'd keep it to yourself. Big things obviously you can't keep it from em
     
  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Only time I ever did that was when I got too close to a yellow pole and took the rear marker light off of the left side of my trailer. Was pulling the same trailer all of the time. Otherwise if I had a little screw up, like the only time I bent up a rim, I just owned it and let the shop decide if they wanted to say something. Never did though.
     
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  8. Mototom

    Mototom Medium Load Member

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    I’ve never agreed with something more then this.

    I’ve worked construction/retail/sales etc
    Trucking is the only job I’ve ever had where a guy could get fired for scuffs or dings to stuff other then expensive cars.
     
  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You put a scuff or a ding in my equipment, oh well. It happens. You continually put those scuffs and dings in, then you gotta go.
     
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  10. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Heavy Load Member

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    I worked at a Toyota dealership doing mechanic work for a couple years. Hit a brand new car that was being drove in off the truck when I came around a corner in a customers car. Thankfully the customers car wasn’t hurt, but the new one was dented in. My boss just told me to be careful. I offered to pay for it out of my checks and he didn’t even make me. I realize he was a good boss, but like has been said trucking is the worst for those kind of things.
     
  11. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Was getting unloaded at the plant once. Girl unloading my trailer was mad at having to do that job. She was tossing the metal racks around so hard she threw a few boxes of body control modules across the dock. All she got was the night off, which is what she wanted anyway.
    I also won't mention the twice a week shop visit to patch holes in the trailer....
     
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