Questions about Star Transport

Discussion in 'Star Transport IL' started by Petercar79, May 30, 2008.

  1. kindsoul

    kindsoul Light Load Member

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    You don't seem to know star dispatch very well.
     
  2. starboy3

    starboy3 Bobtail Member

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    I know it very well Kind. If what I said is not the case please, Tell me. Here is your chance.
     
  3. kindsoul

    kindsoul Light Load Member

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    I've had customers tell me how bad our dispatchers are. You kind of sound like a recruiter, you don't sound like a driver.
     
  4. starboy3

    starboy3 Bobtail Member

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    No not a recruiter. It goes much higher than that. Although sometimes I feel more like a babysitter LOL If you find a customer that complained about a dispatcher, Load planner. Please have them alert their account manager. It is improtant that every customer gets the best service we can offer. The survival of any company is the satisfaction of its customers. Although our customers dont generally talk to dispatchers they talk to customer service reps. to order pick-ups or deliverys. Or Load planners. Have a happy & safe weekend everyone!
     
  5. cherokeechief

    cherokeechief Light Load Member

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    staarboy3, well i can talk from experience about star transport. i was there for 15.5 years. i put my heart and soul into that company. i worked my tail off. i stood up for them.
    i have one mistake, and i get canned. i put up with the miles decreasing. i also gave up my new car because i was not making good money anymore. i even took someones' word from in the office i could reapply as a rehire in 45b days, and when i did, i was told not at this time.
    because of this, i have lost my home, my car, and i have no idea where i will go.
    i have been denied at over 100 companies. they change their requirements to suit what they want, anytime they want. just like star changing their rules and not telling anyone til it is too late.

    i did many favors for my dispatcher and other dispatchers. i did runs no one else would do. i have one major screw up, and get no second chance. but others have screwed up at least 4 times and are still there.

    i even tried to make customers happy. but that got me no where.
    but you can try and talk the company up, but myself and other former drivers know better. you do alot of double talk.
    i will bring the first packet and the new packet back and drop them off in the safety office when i can get my only vehicle road worthy.
    i would have been better off staying on disability than coming back off medical leave, and working hard for 7 years more then get thrown out for one goof.
     
  6. starboy3

    starboy3 Bobtail Member

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    CherokeeChief, While I do not know your individual situation. I am sorry to hear of your hardship. I do not know your as you put it "screw up" and thus the reason you were let go. I hope things get better for you. I am not talking the company up but trying to understand the reason for the negativity behind them. Lets face a fact NO company is perfect all you can do is come to work everyday with a posative attitude and do the best job you can. The reason I came to this site was to help dispell some of the statements people post since I have been reading this I have read: Star equipment is getting reposessed, Can't afford plates for trucks, Trucks in severe disrepair, FBI arresting top management, Loosing the Catipilar contract,even no womens bathrooms. All of it untrue and from either mis-informed people or people spreading Lies. I guess the perfect company would give you .50 a mile, 5000 miles a week (and legally), Brand new truck once a year, home every weeked and every bank holiday off with pay. And dont forget no dispatcher. Oh dont forget the heated seats in the womens bathroom LOL. That is not realistic but everyone sure would be happy. Sorry I got off on a tangent there for a minute. Things seem to be looking up in the industry right now, I hope you can find something and get things back on track for you. I wish you god's speed. best of luck to you.
     
  7. cherokeechief

    cherokeechief Light Load Member

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    well i do know a few things about star.
    for one, there is a ladys restroom, but it is only in the safety office for teh women. there is not a ladys room in the shop for after hours.
    as for dispatch, well, they try. also the load planners do not know how to plan the times for the loads very well. they do not give you time to shower, eat, and sometimes to take a quick break on some of the loads.
    they plan teh trips with teh miles they pay the drivers, which the drivers have to drive 10% more than what they pay for.
    also some dispatchers will let you sit for up to 4 hours after getting unloaded before getting a load to a driver.
    then expect the driver to get it and haul butt to deliver the next morning.
    even though the driver has used up the valuable time of the 14 hour clock. so the driver must do what they have to to get teh load delivered, or sit til the next day, and lose more money.
    the last 2 years i was there, this is what happened alot.
    as for the feds, i know about that. i was there when that went down.
    as for the plates, i was there for that also.
    a person left incharge did some major screwed up things and when the owner came back to find out that bills went unpaid, and the company was losing accounts, he started firing people.

    as for thing to start looking up for me, they are not.
    i have lost my home. i have no job. been unemployed for almost a year.
    i have been refused by over 150 companies.
    i help someone deliver travel trailers, but that does not pay well like truck driving does.

    now i have no idea if you are an office worker, or a driver for star, but i can say that some of the crap they haev pulled recently is not a good thing. like stopping insurance to save money to get plated again. some drivers had medical bills that went unpaid, because star did away with teh insurance.
    i heard they haev insurance again, but for some, the damage is done.

    i stood up for star for too long. when they tell some one they can reapply as a rehire then change their story when you try to go back, it tells me they do not want good drivers, they just want rookies to get money from the government.

    how long star will be in business? who knows, but with teh way things have been going, they may not be around much longer.

    also if they stop lieing to drivers, then maybe they may do better.
    their training program is still the same. they will get drivers with only 6 months experience to train. i feel that a driver needs at least 2 years before becoming a trainer.
    also, a trainer and trainee in a truck does not mean they are team drivers to be pushed to run loads that require a team to deliver a load.

    i am sorry for the rant myself, but i put 15.5 years with star, and all i got out of it was 12 years of good money, then the last 3 years went down hill.
    i start my first year at $38000 for the year. and in 2000 i was up to $60000 for the year. but my last full year for them was at $40000. and for '09 it was going to be even lower.

    do i have bad feelings? yes i do. did i hope they would give me another chancee?
    yes! they gave others 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances. but for myself, they would not give me another chance.

    they still haev new trucks waiting at the peterbilt dealer waiting for them to take possission. as for repairs, they send the trucks to cat or peterbilt for major things. all the shop does is oil, tires, and minor things.
     
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  8. cybersax18

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    May be filing a lawsuit against Star. If there are any other star transport, Inc., drivers out there, that have been done wrong, as in, wrongfully terminated, very bad false DAC reporting keeping another employer from hiring you due to defamation of character, then please, please, please, contact me. The more evidence, testimonies, and witnesses we have especially from former employers, that have been treated wrong, then contact me, and we'll team up. I was discriminated against due to a medical disability and fired due to it. They even admitted wrong doing to the government official at the dept. of labor and luckily, my unemployment was just approved. Which only further proves that i'm not lying to you guys. I have documentation from everywhere, statements from other truckers from other websites, that are from former employees of the company along with tons of other written documentation. I made sure that when I was employed I documented VERY VERY WELL over the qualcomm and also have those records, which my attorney will need a subpoena to obtain, but still shows that i'm correct there as well. Star has stolen personal property from me w/o reimbursing me over the years, had a heat stroke one year, and was in the hospital due to them forcing me to drive in 100 degree weather with no AC properly working, and refused to put me in a motel to get rest. I ended up the next day dehydrated in the ER, after having a heat stroke, and... well had to be pumped full of fluids. I'd post the entire story of everything bad that happened in my experience with the company, but the only version I currently have is 17 pages long for my attorney. Not sure if I'm allowed to post something that long. I may try though so, if considering star, keep an eye out for my posts. Stay away guys. Thanks. btw, if you've had similar issues, not sure if it shows my email addy, but i'm cybersax18 at google mail dot com or gmail dot com actually if you'd like to contact me. Not sure if it'd let me list my full email addy w/o blocking it out. Anyways, i'm off to do more research to find more incidents of what happened to me and with my experience. Also i'm looking into corruption with hire right, and them allowing trucking company's to list anything they want on an employees dac. I'll also be discussing that issues with my attorney as well. Contact me if you'd like.

    Thanks,

    Jesse
     
  9. cybersax18

    cybersax18 Bobtail Member

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    Hope it fits, but, this will give u a 17 page detailed story of events that occured with my 3.75 yr career w/ Star. Thanks to them no one will hire me, and, i'm now having to seek legal help. Like I said in my previous post, if any of you have been wronged by this company please send me an email and let's get together, anyways i'll get on with my posts below:

    Wow, they did me nearly the exact same way! Wish more people would report them, and stand up to them. Yes, I realize some people, considering at points in the past they had over a thousand drivers, I’m sure a couple are going to have good experiences! Anyways, I’ll get to describing the events that took place when they illegally and wrongfully terminated me, discriminated against me because of my physical disability, defamed my character and slandered me. Star Transport has ruined me to where I can't get a job anywhere. Because of my physical disability, trucking is about the only job I can physically hold up to, since it doesn't require me standing for long periods of time, and since I can stop whenever needed to stretch, and basically set my own schedule as long as the load makes it on time. (Which, even if I was on time, dispatch still rushed me constantly).

    My situation is a long, long, complicated story/issue. Because of my medical condition (which I easily pass the DOT physical, so that's not an issue), I need to be employed with someone who can get me home one day per month, just long enough to see the doctor. I had no issues with leaving right back out in a couple hrs after my doctor's appointments. Then, I also needed occasionally a few days off back to back in case I was changing to a new doctor, needed various tests ran, or for surgical procedures, etc. So prior to hiring me, and actually prior to trucking school, I called the truck driving school (C1 Truck Driving School Little Rock, AR, btw this is a GREAT place to learn to drive and obtain a CDL, very very thorough.), and also called Star Transport since I knew it was the company I was going to hire on with, and prior to hiring I made SURE, that it wouldn't be an issue to get me home one day per week, and on occasion maybe once every 6 months to a year possibly a week in order to take care of longer procedures. They informed me that, that wouldn't be an issue period, as long as I tried to make my doctor's appointments on a Friday, or Monday. I told them that wouldn't be a problem, unless a doctor was going out of town, and had to move my appointment, or, rare situations like that. We both agreed (Star Transport and Me), that everything should work out just fine, and none of it would be an issue.

    Well, shortly after finishing driving school, I went directly to Morton, IL. I finished my training, was assigned a truck (which were horrendous. The carpet was molded, caked with oil and grease, and honestly wasn't fit for living unless was cleaned very thoroughly.). The first year at Star to maybe a year and a half everything went wonderful. Seemed like a wonderful company, but shortly after that year and a half, the Safety Director, and another person were caught embezzling funds from the company, and were arrested and terminated. Shortly after they started bringing in new people, the company changed drastically. That's around the time they changed our pay to per diem, which unless you had to pay child support, killed your income, and your 401k contributions. That was one of the first things that started the company in a downward spiral. Next, they started forcing drivers to only fuel at only the Pilot's the dispatchers gave consent to, and had to be in certain locations that half the time never worked out with the trips/loads, and made things nearly impossible as far as sleep, and obtaining showers. In the past I tried scheduling my fueling around my showers, etc.

    Once the company changed things just became awful. I was ready to quit, and had almost had enough. My truck broke down, was repaired, but was nearly time for me to make my doctor appointment for that particular month. I was only a state away from home, so wasn't halfway across the country. They promised they'd get me there, and knew I couldn't operate a CMV without certain medications that I was required to take to safely operate the truck. I'd told them this numerous times, because, dispatch would constantly question me, well why can't they just call your meds into a pharmacy? Well, first off, I passed my DOT physical from THEIR doctor. So, since their doc cleared me, why is any of my medical issues ANY of their business in the first place? Long as I can provide a doctor's statement when requested? Aren't there certain medical privacy laws that protect employees in certain situations like this unless it involves a criminal event of some sort? Anyways, after finally getting them to understand, they did try somewhat to get me there. They ended up having a guy come relay with me at the last minute early the morning of my appointment. I made it home late that afternoon about 2 hours after my doctor's office had closed!

    Now, the meds I’m on, since been taking for years, I have a dependency to, and if I stop taking abruptly I have severe withdrawal symptoms and other complications. Star was aware of this. I told them numerous times, when they'd ask stupid questions like, well why can't you go a day or two without it? (And these same questions, they'd ask every single time I had an appointment almost. Was to the point where, I felt like I was being harassed!)

    After missing my appointment at a specialist I had only been going to for about 6 months, and had just established myself as a patient, the doctor dismissed me as a patient for missing my appointment because it violated a contract I had with the office in writing. So, they terminated me as a patient, thanks to Star. I started to panic, because not only was I out of medications, but, no family doctor in the entire state would take me as a patient and continue the particular meds I was on, without me going to a specialist, or, without already being a prior patient with them. I suffered for well over a week. The worst pain and suffering I’ve been through in my life. Luckily the next following week, a friend of the family told us that, she'd talk to her family doctor when she went in the next day for her appointment, and she did. Thank God that, because of her, I was able to finally find a doctor that would temporarily prescribe my medicines and help me find a new specialist! All this could've been prevented. I even asked if they'd let me take a bus or plane home at my own expense! They refused!

    Anyways, after that incident I had had it! I gave them a notice right after going home one weekend that way I could already have my truck cleaned out, and once I was out on the road driving for two weeks, my truck would already be unloaded at the end of my two week notice to Star. The end of the two week period had came, and, I asked dispatch, are you guys going to get me to the yard? I put in my two week notice two weeks ago, and I'm quitting. I told them, "I won't abandon your truck, just try and find me a load going that way. Another day or so won't hurt me." Within the next two days they got me to the yard, but while in route I got a qualcomm message from their current safety director at the time. He was the one that took over for Jeff Stanley and that other guy. His name was Sam Payne. The qualcomm message said, give me a call, and I replied something along the lines of what's it concerning? I can't really remember exactly how that conversation went. But, he said something along the lines of, well I want you to come to my office so we can see what it's going to take to keep you here at Star. We don't want to lose an experienced driver that's been with us nearly 3 years.

    Once I arrived at the yard, I went and put my truck in the shop, and headed to safety. I got into Sam's office, and he basically said same as what he had said over the qualcomm. He again said, "You've been with us for 3 years, what's going on? And what will it take to keep you with us, we never want to lose an experienced driver, especially when they've been with us for nearly 3 years. So, since I don't think I had every prior explained my medical situation to him, I proceeded to explain the above story basically. I told him, you guys would have to guarantee me that you'll have me home the morning PRIOR to my doctor's appointment. Not the morning of, but the day PRIOR! Plus, if the dispatcher I have now can't make it work, and you don't see why one day a month is an issue then please, I'd like a dispatcher that I KNOW can be sure I’m home one day out of every month on a Monday or Friday that I can get my appointment scheduled on. Sam said something along the lines of, "Done, I’ll take care of it. We're going to put you with Mark Gensel in dispatch." He said something along the lines of, he used to be head of dispatch, etc., etc. If anyone can see to it you make it it's him.

    Well for about the first 6 months or so things went fine with Mark, but I wasn't happy about the per diem or, the way the company had started to treat the drivers. They'd push us constantly to run illegal, and the day I finally had enough, I messaged over the qualcomm, "I'm over my 14 consecutive hours, there's no way I can make this load. I'm going on my 10 hour break!" That's word for word what I sent! After sending it, I headed to bed, but nearly had a heart attack, when I heard someone beating extremely hard on my truck door. Sounded like they were trying to punch a hole through the door. I woke up, and looked out the window and rolled it down. (Thought it was a bit odd for anyone to be knocking on my door at the location I had pulled over to sleep at. I was stopped at the Caterpillar, Inc. plant in Mossville, IL, where most the drivers will park at night.) When I rolled down the window, it was the freaking' security card! I was HOT! I had told them I was on my 10 hour break, they had already pushed me the week prior to run illegal, and I had my mind made up I wasn't going to do it again. Well when I told them that over the qualcomm I believe it was a weekend prior to my doctor's appointment, and when I said something to them they replied, "Well, if you want your medications, and want to get home to the doctor on time, you'll go ahead and pick the load up. It's the only thing we have to get you home!" Now, if I’m not mistaken, isn't that pretty much a form of bribery?

    After that incident I had had enough, but I wasn't financially able at the time to just up, and head to another company. I needed to save about a months worth of income first. But, I did start looking around for new employers. (I should've left then). After searching around for employers, several checked out my MVR, and verified my employment and all that, and pretty much every single trucking company I called said, everything’s good, and ready for you to come work for us. All you have to do is put your notice in, and head this way. Some even advised me not to give notice, but morally I couldn't do anyone that way. So, knowing I had more options I kept driving, but medical bills kept piling up, and 1 month turned into I’m not sure how many. But throughout this time, it was non stop... dispatchers constantly forcing us to either drive illegal, bugging us over the qualcomm while on break, or constantly ringing our cell phones off the hook while on break. I'll never give out my cell number to another trucking company again. Especially not to a dispatcher! Just before I was wrongfully terminated, I had sent a message to dispatch saying something kind of smart, but never yelled or cussed them, that I made sure of. But I said, look, this is getting old. How would you like it if the drivers dialed your number at 3 a.m. while you were at home sound asleep? Am I going to have to start hanging my qualcomm out the window when I take my 10 hr break? Well, the new Safety director had brought that message up, but wasn't the issue between us, and termination. He just brought it up, and said, why'd you send a message like that to dispatch? I said because, for the last year they've constantly been sending me message when they've KNOWN I was taking my 10 hr break. I informed them prior to taking and, and would also let them know the load would still be on time, and if for some reason was impossible to run legally, I'd tell them that too before taking my break, but regardless a minimum of 10 times, and I'm being nice by saying 10, night dispatch would qualcomm me to death! Where are you? Where's the load? Will it be there on time? OK on ETA? Etc.! When, if they knew how to do their job, all they had to do was scroll back through my previous messages to see if I had notified them of an issue with the load, and if it would arrive on time. I honestly, don't think they're that dumb. I'm pretty sure they knew, and read my messages, but just push the drivers just to rush the freight. I've grown up in the trucking industry all my life, and, I've seen other companies do that before. My dad drives, and has been for nearly 40 yrs, and my mother did bookkeeping, and taxes for truckers. So, I know the industry forwards and backwards.

    Anyways when the safety director brought it up, which I'll get into later in my super long description of events. I just don't want to leave anything out, in case anyone else has similar issues. Oh, and speaking which, if you do, please notify ripoffreport.com, in the section that says you can get a class action suit going. Please... us truckers have to stop taking all this crap and start standing up for ourselves and our rights! We're getting paid the same salary my dad was making as an entry level trucker nearly 40 years ago! While everyone else in the American private sector, and Government workforce, all their pay's adjusted for inflation. While the truckers are out there suffering. People quickly forget that anything material they touch, we get to them in some shape, form, or fashion, and wouldn't have, if it wasn't for a trucker. Anyways, he brought up the smart comment, and I said, it's against DOT regulations for dispatch or anyone to interrupt a driver's 10 hour break! I knew that prior, but it was even stressed again in trucking school. Well, this guy proceeds to tell me, well I know better because, I was a truck driver for 9 years, and, he then said, "Don't tell me the law, I was in law school for 4 years!" Well if he went to law school, why is he working as a safety director for star transport and not for a law firm as an attorney? But, DOT regulations say that, anything work related that, doesn't include driving, (And answering a qualcomm, since, the qualcomm is provided by your employer, and the employer is the one sending the message, that's working!) Are you not getting up out of bed, grabbing the qualcomm and responding with a message? Well, that's on-duty not driving far as DOT is concerned along with your log books, it should be logged on-duty not driving, and from there, the 10 hour break has to be started over all over again.

    See, regular people that don't drive a truck for a living don't understand. They wonder why all these truck drivers have wrecks, and fall asleep behind the wheel, well,.... it's NO WONDER! Imagine if you were pestered to death, to the point you never got sleep, and, doesn't the government now consider sleep deprivation a form of torture? Is that not cruel, and unusual punishment according to our United States Constitution?

    Anyways, I got off the topic, I’m bad about that. So, after being hounded to death in the middle of the night, after them sending plant security guards to harass me at 1-2 a.m., I was at my breaking point. I couldn't take any more of the harassment and horrible treatment. This company was only concerned about one thing and one thing only and, it wasn't their drivers/employees. It was the FREIGHT!

    Actually left one important thing out, I’m sorry that pertains to the other guys comment on Star, and Theft. Let me go there first.

    About 6 months before what I was just talking about, Star had put me in one of the newer trucks after Sam had begged me not to quit, and I'll have to admit, this one was in much better shape. (Regardless of how new any of their trucks were. No matter what truck they put you in, all their trucks constantly would have some mechanical issue. Don't know if it's due to bad shop employees, which I doubt. Some of the people in the shop were great, and some weren't so great. That's like that at any job. Or, if it was because of the type trucks they were using with that particular engine model in the truck, or, if it was because of dispatchers making drivers run constantly, with dangerous mechanical issues, all because, and I’ll quote straight from one of the dispatchers (Can't remember which dispatcher said this to me over the qualcomm. Actually don't think he ever gave his name.), "We don't take our trucks to shops on the road. If you need a repair, you either get it at the yard, or you don't get it. Sorry, but that's the way it always has been and always will be. I don't care what the problems is, unless you got a blow out, and are on the rim of the tire, you better drive that truck back to the yard, or it will NOT get fixed!" Which later on, one of the mechanical conditions of their trucks nearly killed me. I'll explain in a few paragraphs on down.

    Anyhow, I was in my newer model truck. Was one of the Pete's with the smaller cab, but I can't remember the actual model number of the truck. I had a load somewhere in GA, and I was going through a green light, and another car was coming through the light on the opposite side, and was going to turn left into a shopping center. You know how when there's a green light, but, you want to make a turn through the oncoming traffic? Well, you're supposed to yield to the oncoming traffic, unless you have a green arrow pointing left? Well, this woman didn't yield, and I was already through the light, and she literally rammed into my drivers side fender of the truck! I couldn't believe it! I was trying to keep a clean record, and even though this accident/'incident was NOT my fault, I’ve NEVER once had an accident that was my fault! Now, I have bumped a pole when I first started driving, or touched another trailer with the rear of mine while backing, but never left a mark. That'll happen with any new driver I don't care who they are. When you're inexperienced you're going to at least hit one object the first 3 years of your career, unless you're just a super rare exception to that rule. But regardless, I’ve never EVER had an accident be my fault. Keep that in mind for later.

    Well, Star tells me to duct tape the truck up best I can. I had a light out on the truck, and told the trooper what Star had told me, because I had had it with them at this point, and he actually helped me repair the trucks light! He was such a nice officer luckily. If not he was going to let me drive to the nearest truck stop with only one head light, and if stopped was going to vouch for me so I wouldn't receive a fine. Star wasn't ok with this though, they wanted the truck driven all the way to the yard no excuses, no matter the trucks condition!

    Anyways, here's where the theft of the other person comes into play. And, in my situation, I wouldn't exactly call it theft since, well, I don't think they intentionally did it, but, it's still carelessness on their behalf, and negligent big time! I got back to the yard, and took my truck straight to the shop, and dispatch sends me a message, and says, "Get your truck put in the shop quickly as we can, we've got a super hot load that needs to be in TX by tomorrow, and we don't have anyone else nearby who can run the load!" Well, my truck didn't need to be driven until repaired obviously for safety issues, so, I replied and asked what am I going to do for a truck to get me there, I had that accident remember?, and they told me, "Go ask shop to give you a loaner, and we'll load you right back to the yard as soon as you unload, we promise." So I went into the shop, and, they didn't have any trucks ready to go! Dispatch told them to give me a certain truck #, and the foreman in the shop said, that truck doesn't need to leave, it's in no shape to be driven. The dispatcher told him, it's just going to be one run straight to Dallas (I believe it was) and right back. Will it not be fine for just one run? After they begged and pleaded with him for 5-10 min., he finally told me to take the truck. I didn't understand why he didn't want the truck to leave till later on, which I’ll get to later.

    So, before I got the things out of my truck I needed, one of the other guys working in the shop said, "If you've got any electronics or anything valuable in your truck, don't take it. Even though you're coming right back I wouldn't risk it. Take all your electronics, valuables, and then just grab a couple outfits to last you a couple days. Everything else should be fine." Well, I finish my run to TX, in a truck that's a piece of garbage. Mechanically I couldn't "see" anything wrong with it, or nothing a driver could have spotted anyways, unless they were to tear the truck apart. At this point, I’m so excited to go back and get my old truck they were repairing since, it was the nicest truck Star had given me in nearly 3 years. Well, when I get back to the yard, I went into shop and asked them to give me my truck, and asked if it was finished, and they said, "Yes, it's finished, but we may have a problem. Dispatch had assigned that truck to another driver." I immediately replied, "Well, where are my clothes and other stuff that was inside the truck? Surely you guys removed it, or told the driver to right?" WRONG! Every single bit of clothing I owned nearly, which wasn't much, was gone. I was so upset. I was going to pretty much be running around nude if someone at Star didn't do something, because I had no money to buy more clothes with. My medical bills and expenses are so much, I can barely afford to exist! So, shop tells me to go talk to dispatch, dispatch tells me to go talk to the Safety director, Sam Payne. So, went over there, and explained it to Sam, and, Sam proceeds to tell me, well, "I'm sorry, but there's nothing we can do about it!" I was shocked, and said "What? Those were all the clothes I owned. Every bit of clothing I had to my name other than dress clothes for church, that I left at home, were in the truck you guys reassigned, even though you had told me, I was going to come right back from TX, and get my truck back once repaired! After getting pretty upset, not yelling upset, but nearly almost in tears upset, because, every bit of property I owned other than my TV and xbox was pretty much gone! I tried to get him to realize... not everyone can afford to go replace their clothes. Some people have thousands of dollars in medical bills, and can barely afford food. He finally said, "Well, give me till day after tomorrow and check back with me, and also, make sure shop knows to talk to me so I can verify what happened, make me a list of everything lost, and we'll see what we can come up with."

    Well, when I called back, Sam proceeds to tell me, "Well I talk to the owner, we're extremely sorry, but the company can only reimburse you $100.00 for the depreciated value." Sound like a company yet that cares about their drivers, and their driver's well being? NO! You tell me at what store, in the year 2011, that you can replace 8-10 full outfits for $100.00? What kind of mess would you be in, if, all you had were dress clothes at your house, and the one-two outfits you took with you to hold you until they loaded you back to the yard? That was another issue that eventually led to me looking for another job prior to the harassment by CAT's security guard.

    Also, keep in mind the condition of the loaner truck. Shop didn't want it on the road. They begged dispatch to not let me take it and to reschedule the load. Well, prior to being terminated wrongfully, I was having major issues with this truck. I was literally having to fight to keep the truck between the white lines, and I would constantly be swerving between the two white lines. I had numerous complaints from other motorists to the safety department at the company, and, I literally was begging for my life for them to GET ME OUT of that truck. Kept telling them over the qualcomm for a period of over 3 months plus. I said repeatedly over qualcomm, "Please get me out of this truck, it has major mechanical issues, and someone's going to end up getting killed or hurt." Another time or two, "Please, Mark? Whoever's in dispatch right now? I'm literally scared for my life, this trucks going to end up killing me, you guys don't understand. They previously had me come into shop and have them look at it, but they couldn't find nothing wrong, but, I was there when the guy looked it over, and, he didn't really look it over. He spent 5 minutes doing a walk around that would take less than a normal truckers daily Pre-Trip Inspection! Said there's nothing wrong with it, and sent me back out on the road. Now, this whole time, I’m qualcomming them at least once a week if not every 3 -4 days, and sometimes even more frequently, because, every time someone would call in and complain, I’d send another qualcomm message to dispatch. At one point I was going to refuse to drive the truck, which, that's what the DOT says to do. If you feel a truck is unsafe, you refuse to operate it. Well, I tried, and was threatened, and said, something like, you'll deliver it or else if you like your job, etc. constantly would call me right after I'd send a message refusing to operate the CMV. They'd never reply by qualcomm. They'd always immediately dial my cell phone, and wouldn't bother with the qualcomm for obvious reasons, so there wouldn't be any court admissible evidence obviously. Anything put on the qualcomm is court admissible, and is usually used when a driver has an accident, and the company is taken to court by the other driver. The messages for anyone reading this who doesn't understand trucking, are kept offsite with a totally different company. Actually, they're kept by Qualcomm, Inc., on their servers, and the only way the company can touch them is to have a court ordered subpoena.

    Shortly after all these complaints, I’m just now coming back from Christmas/New Years Break, and, I’m on my way to IL with a load from Dyersburg, TN, and, I had just barely made it into Illinois, and I was passing another 18-wheeler. They were in the right lane, and me in the left, on I-57. The truck acted up really badly, and worse than normal when fully loaded, and, since I just loaded in Dyersburg, TN, I was very heavy. Up until this point I was really having to fight with it, and when I was passing the guy, I ended up striking his mirror with my mirror. Now, after being threatened, and in their own threatening words saying I’d be fired if I didn't drive that truck, and that if I didn't and I ended up losing my job, no one in the industry would ever hire me. That's the only reason I drove the truck, and, had I known now that, regardless had I quit then, or now, that they'd still ruin my name, and would still be impossible for me to obtain another commercial truck driving job, I would've just left the truck on the side of the road. But, I assumed if I just hung in there, and didn't fight with the company, that I’d eventually leave, and quit when I was financially able, and find another employer with no problems. So, I didn't want to chance ruining my career further at this point. Now, keep in mind yes, that's an incident that's technically my fault, but, I don't feel 100% that it is. I somewhat feel the company's harassment, and their other mistreatment of drivers led to this issue. This issue I’m referring to, is the only accident/incident I’ve EVER caused since I’ve been driving, and I’ve been driving for over 15 yrs in some shape or fashion, whether it be in a car or truck. I'd never had anything that was my fault other than a couple tickets when I was younger and stupid.

    After this, they threw a fit, and had me go to the nearest shop, and replace the mirror since the cop had ordered me to. I was scared to death since I’d never caused an accident in my life, and never had anything happen that was my fault! And, I told the officer yes, it was my fault, so the other driver wouldn't have any more issues to deal with. I didn't know what to tell him, and I freaked out, because I didn't know what Star would do if I told the officer the issues were because of the truck, and with my medical conditions the way they are, and as expensive as they are, I could NOT afford to be unemployed or without some type of health insurance coverage. So that's explains what I told the officer.

    After this, I was empty one day when the weather in IN was really bad, and this day my truck was actually acting somewhat ok, I’m assuming because I was empty at the time I believe. I was passing another truck who was going dangerously slow. The roads were bad icy, but still safe enough to drive on, and I’m guessing that's why the other guy was going slow in that spot. The roads were just super bad in that one spot, and nearly fully cleared up by the time you hit the IN state line into IL. So... I was passing him probably going 30-40 mph if I remember correctly. He had to been going like 10 mph, and had no emergency flashers on so I wanted to get around him quickly as I could. I went to pass him on the right, and the guy runs into my passenger side mirror and completely takes it off. The mirror went flying. Wasn't like the incident that was partially my fault where I grazed the guys mirror. This mirror was ripped off. I couldn't have swerved to avoid it without totaling out the truck, and a truck won't gain speed quickly, so couldn't have sped up, and had I slammed on my brakes with the roads the way they were, even though they weren't super icy, I still would've either ended up upside down in the median, or jack knifed, or worse, possibly hit another car by trying some crazy maneuver, so... I just let him take the mirror off. I figure better a mirror, than the entire truck being totaled. Though maybe that'd be better for Star. After this accident happened, the guy RAN! He pulled off dangerously off the next exit, and undoubtly his truck was lighter at the time, and the engine wasn't governed, because I couldn't follow him. He lost me, so I qualcomm'd dispatch, and asked them what to do about the situation. I asked them did I need to call the police because of weather conditions, my load was already going to be late, and, they told me over the qualcomm no. I plainly told them over the qualcomm it was a hit and run, and, that I couldn't catch the other driver, but, they still insisted I not call the police. Had I known better then, like I do now, I would've immediately called the cops so it could've least been documented.(I didn't realize later they'd put this on my DAC, and tell potential employers that it was a PREVENTABLE "incident"! How do you prevent a hit and run? When the roads are like that, It's all you can do to control your own 80,000 lb vehicle, and it's 100% IMPOSSIBLE to take control of the other driver's truck! How do I steer another guy's truck to avoid an "incident"? You tell me how that's PREVENTABLE! This has to do with later events ill get to. Sorry this is so long, but, if a good attorney just happens to read this, I want them to have every last detail of how abusive Star Transport is to their drivers.

    So this was around Februaryish, and right after this they bring me to the yard, they fix the mirror, because, since police weren't involved they wouldn't let me get it fixed at a shop on the road, but, they didn't fix the issue I'd been begging about nor did they remove me from that truck like I had begged and begged time and time again over the qualcomm. I literally begged for my life, and said I was afraid for my life over the qualcomm! I had 2 more dangerous issues that occurred due to this truck shortly after. It's a miracle no one was ever injured.

    Shortly after that incident, I was backing a trailer into a dock at a food warehouse in St. Louis, and all of a sudden, the steering wheel turns, but the tires won't turn with the steering wheel! So, I hop out and look at the truck to see what the problem is, and, the pittman arm and the entire casing and every part connected, COMPLETELY disconnected from the tire! Now, had I been driving when this occurred, what would've happened? THAT’S RIGHT! ID BE DEAD!!! D-E-A-D!!! And probably would've taken out only God knows how many cars with me. And, I was super heavy, for this grocery warehouse, loaded to the max. I would've killed anyone the truck came into contact with easily! It's obvious! The mechanic that came and towed me took me to a nearby shop, and the shops mechanic said, "In over 30 years of working on 18-wheeler's and all my experiences as a mechanic, I’ve never seen that entire assembly disconnect from a tire while the driver was driving the truck, or anywhere else for that matter, unless taken apart by a mechanic! Starting to see how dangerous this truck was? Seeing my point? So they fixed that issue, and, shortly after I was on my way to Arkansas I believe, and all of a sudden, the steering wheel VIOLENTLY jerks to the left! I went completely off the road and into the median of the interstate! By the grace of God, some miraculous way I was able to maneuver the truck enough to keep it from jack knifing, or from rolling over on me. Had I not been alert, and kind of expecting problems out of this truck, and so afraid, I may not have reacted as quickly as I did, and yet again, I probably would've been dead thanks to Star Transport. They're not only negligent about their driver's property, but they're negligent when it comes to the lives of their driver's as well. Their only concern is their precious freight/cargo!

    Immediately after this incident I made arrangements to quit, I had a doctor's appointment coming up to go to my monthly appointment to get my meds refilled, plus, there was a specialist I had been waiting to get into for nearly a year and a half! They finally called, but since I had waited forever to see them I didn't want to screw it up. So, I was planning on, making my appointments, going to see the doctor, and immediately leaving for one of the other companies because, I didn't want to be hired at a new company and immediately have to go back home to see a doctor after only being out only a little over a week or so. So figured I’d get them out the way, and call the companies back. I called them prior to my appointments, but asked them not to call Star just yet because, I didn't want Star to get mad at me for quitting, and do something crazy like fire me before I could quit. So told them I’d get back with them right immediately after that doctor's appointments were out of the way.

    I then messaged my dispatcher over the qualcomm. This is where the discrimination of my disability comes into play, and defamation and etc.... I told him this new specialist had called I had been waiting for over 18 months to get into see. I told him I’d have to have 3 diff visits all back to back plus the visit to my family doc as well. I told him the 3 visits, ones for like testing, the 2nd I have to meet with the specialists nurse, and the last is to actually see the specialist, and obviously the other is for my family doc.

    I then asked him, would it just be best if I went ahead and took a full week off from work Monday-Monday? I told him if not, the specialists office said we can back the appointments up a little bit to work with my employer. He told me no, go ahead and get them out of the way so we wont' have to worry about them. He said, "Check with safety to see if you have any vacation time coming up." I told him after that, that I was positive I didn't have any more vacation time. I had already used it all up and just took the pay instead of any of the time off. He told me after that, "Please send me the dates you need to be off, and for what week." I the dates like, one appointment was Monday of that week, the second was Wednesday, and third was Friday, and then family doctor the following Monday, since that's how the specialists office suggested as far as to work out for them also. I told the dispatcher the dates, but I forgot to put the first Mondays appointments date on there, but didn't feel like it'd be an issue since I had already asked to take Monday-Monday off, and he had already given consent.

    During the week prior he loaded me up towards Pennsylvania, and, the load from there, I thought the day of the week was Friday, and the load from there was going to Illinois, and not Tennessee, and I sent him a qualcomm message saying, "Will this load work? Don't forget I have a doctor's appointment Monday, and I have to go because I can't drive without my medications." Before he could reply to the message, I suddenly realized it was actually Thursday and not Friday, but, remember this message because it's important towards the end, and very important due to the way I was fired. Anyways, I quickly told him never mind I didn't realize today was actually Thursday, thought it was Friday, and he never responded to either message.

    I was then sent from there to Peoria, Illinois, which is usually how they load me home, and, I was given a load from there on Friday afternoon to deliver Monday for Louisiana. I figured since I was loaded through Tennessee, and since I had already been given consent to take a week off for medical reasons, that this load, he was intentionally use to get me home for Monday. I just assumed he'd call or qualcomm me, and have another driver relay the load with me near where I live. So, the weekend comes, and nearly goes, and Sunday around noon, since I knew I could still have enough time to make my delivery, I sent dispatch a qualcomm message, and asked, "Are you guys going to send someone to relay this load? I've got to be at the doctor tomorrow, and not supposed to drive once out of meds! Mark already gave me consent to take a full week off from this Monday till Next. I waited and waited and waited, and NO ONE EVER responded to my qualcomm messages! So, I just stayed at home! I never expected the hell that would soon break lose the following day! Keep in mind I did message dispatch during a time I KNEW they were available and would be there, and keep in mind I DID still leave enough time to safely make my delivery a few hrs early if need be. They were the ones who refused to respond to my qualcomm messages which can be seen once the records are acquired in court through a subpoena.

    The following day I went ahead, and went to my doctor’s appointment, and was on the way to the pharmacy to take care of my medication issues, when, (I get very bad cell phone reception where I live through Sprint, but guess that’s beside the point, but explains why I didn’t respond to them promptly. They knew I had doctor stuff to cover, and knew I could only be reached on the house phone. I’ve notified them and told them time and time again you can only reach me at the house when I’m in town or at home.) all of a sudden I started receiving voice mail after voice mail from Star. They just all popped up out of the middle of nowhere! I immediately checked them as soon as I could. I finished filling my medications since we were already at the pharmacy, and headed straight home. Soon as we arrived home I called dispatch. I couldn’t call him on the way on my cell phone because we don’t get good signal here. Anyways, I checked the messages once I was home, and was basically a recording of my dispatcher panicking big time, so I immediately called him. I wasn’t prepared for what came next, but lets just say there were lots of 4 letter words and screaming. This dispatcher isn’t known to scream or cuss so yeah thought that was a bit odd, but, if they had made a mistake on my dates or appointments, I shouldn’t be the one punished. Anyways, Mark immediately started screaming, “WHERE IS MY MF’ING LOAD? I’M COMING AFTER MY GD TRUCK AND LOAD RIGHT NOW!!! You better have the keys to the driver, and have your truck cleaned out by the time we come after it! You want time off? Well now you’ve got it! You can take all the freaking’ time off you want now, because we’re done with you!” That’s basically what was said. I may have left a word or two out, because obviously I can’t remember exactly word for word, but I do know for sure what I just typed WAS said! This is also against Star’s policy. Once terminated, you’re supposed to be contacted by safety from the way their handbook reads which I’m also forwarding copies to my attorney of. It clearly states, that, if dispatch or the company has issues with a driver that, for a first offense they’re giving a written warning and the issue is discussed with the driver in the safety department. Second offence same thing, and possibly may make you go back through log book classes if it’s log related. Third offense is usually suspension without pay, and you’re supposed to have to repeat training. It also states under unusual circumstances where something extreme has happened they can immediately terminate you, but anyone who has been around the trucking industry (Which I have my entire life. I’ve grown up in the industry for 31 years. My dad’s been driving nearly 40 years, and my mother used to own a family business doing bookkeeping and taxes for truck drivers. On top of that my dad’s been given numerous awards, and been featured in one or two trucking magazines, so yah I’d say I’m familiar with the industry more than most.), extreme circumstances, and firing drivers on the spot typically only happens if a crime has been committed, a drug screen failed, or you’ve been in an accident where the truck driver rear ended a car. Those are about the only reasons that fall under that category.

    After all this happened, I felt like the company had really done me wrong and unfairly so… I IMMEDIATELY called safety and asked to speak to Sam Payne, who was the current safety director at the time, and I explained everything, and, he kept saying… I’ll see what I can do, but I doubt they’ll let you come back. (But even though I understand he did say they probably wouldn’t let me come back, he never stated for sure, and strung me along for over a full MONTH, before anyone officially had told me I was terminated!) He then said, “Well are you ready to come back now?” And I told him, “Yes, but I’ve got to return to the doctor in 3 weeks since I have to be there once a month.” By this time I only had a little over 3 weeks till my next medication refill appointment. I also had a procedure coming up that I informed him about, but it was scheduled all for the same day and I wouldn’t have missed any more time from work.
    He then tells me, “Well go ahead and stay home, get that taken care of, and then call me back and we’ll see what we can do.” Well I didn’t understand, because if they were going to put me back to work I still had over a full 3 weeks I could’ve been out on the road doing work! But, because he strung me along, I didn’t find it necessary to look for work, or make any moves like filing for unemployment or an EEOC claim or lawsuit. So… I waited, went to my appointment, and got things covered. I had my meds and everything this time covered for 90 days. I had actually talked the doctor into writing me that months prescription, and then post dating me two more months, that stated couldn’t be filled till so and so date, which would’ve had me good to go back out and this time not have my month to month restriction where I had to come in. I could’ve stayed out on the road for 90 days at a time now, but… I tried and tried calling them back. Every time a secretary in safety would answer, and I’d ask for Sam Payne, they’d keep telling me well he’s not here, or he’s busy somewhere or, well you get the point. They repeatedly blew me off!

    Finally, I explained to the secretary my situation. By this time, a FULL WEEK had gone by where I couldn’t reach Sam Payne. They started stringing me along April the 2nd I believe, (may have been the 3rd, but pretty sure was the 2nd.), and took me from then till May 4th or 5th to finally get someone to talk to! After explaining everything to the girl who answered the phones, she tells me, well Sam Payne no longer works for us! I asked her what she meant? I asked, “Did they fire him? Did he quit?” She never would tell me. All she kept replying with was, “He no longer works with us.” I kept getting no where with this woman, so I finally asked, “Well who’s the safety director now since he’s gone?” And she told me, “The new safety director is Wayne Miller, you probably need to talk to him.” So I asked to be transferred, got him on the phone, and all hell broke lose again. I explained what happened, and he just kept arguing with me, and I can’t remember word for word what was said, but, everything that Sam Payne talked to me about I brought up, and told him that Sam said he was going to do something for me or try to help, and he told me, well we more than likely won’t take you back. So I said to him, “You do realize it’s illegal to fire someone over their disability, or fire them for needing to take off for a doctor’s appointment once they’ve given two weeks notice”? That’s the EEOC laws and regulations, and it’s also covered under the FMLA as well. Stating that if you’ve worked for an employer for over 12 consecutive months, and you need off for a medical necessity, and you give them proper notification, except under emergency circumstances, then they have to reasonably accommodate, and can’t discriminate against your circumstances. Anyways after I said this to him, he started screaming and hollering about, something like, “Well you go ahead and take us to court, Star has a whole ton of lawyers, and you wouldn’t stand a chance in hell!” “You go right ahead if you think you can!” I kept repeatedly saying after and during trying to interrupt the frantic guy that would NOT calm down, and kept saying, “Did I ever mention attorney? Did I ever mention lawyer?” I then brought up the fact that, I needed a hit and run incident removed from my record that they had down as a preventable accident, which is slander and defamation of character (or least I’m pretty sure is. I know someone can’t purposely lie to someone in a fashion that would prevent you from bettering your financial situation or occupation, and that’s exactly what Star has done to me.), when they’re falsely telling potential employers that, and they know it’s non preventable. They know there’s no way you can prevent a hit and run. Not to mention the other two questionable incidents they had down. So he then says something like, “Well I see you were looking for another job anyways.” So the whole time I’m thinking, so that’s why you guys really fired me? For retaliation for me looking to better myself? At this point (And I have no way of knowing that’s why, I could totally be wrong, and honestly I’m sure my disability and medical condition is 99% of the reason, but none of this started… I never had any issues this major with Star until potential employers started calling them to verify my employment history, and driving record.) I’ve had enough honestly, and don’t know what to think anymore. Wayne did tell me towards the end of our conversation, and it’s a shame I don’t have it on the qualcomm as proof, but, the one thing that upset me more than anything…. Is, he had the nerve to tell me before we hung up, “Jesse, I’ve been in the trucking industry for 9 years (I think he said), and I’ve noticed something… There’s 3 types of truck drivers in this business. Do you know what those 3 types are?” I said no, was trying to be nice, so I didn’t cause any issues. Anyways, he says, “The first type is the perfect driver every company wants. They keep their mouth shut, they never complain, and… they DO WHAT THEY’RE TOLD! The 2nd… etc. etc., don’t remember what this type was either, because it didn’t apply to me. The 3rd type, is the type that always has to go to the doctor every 2 seconds, that always has some type of medical condition that interferes with their job, or some idiot who’s had back surgery that has no business being in this industry, and I’ll be DAM*ED if up to me that, I’d allow that type of driver to work another day in this industry! Now… Jesse… Can you tell me, which of those types of driver’s you are?” Man was I mad. That was flat out discrimination if I’ve ever seen any! He blatantly discriminated against my condition right to my face word for word! I was so upset! I passed my DOT physicals, I’m not on any medications that aren’t DOT approved, and Star Transport’s doctor himself said I was fine to drive. It’s not my fault, that at the start of my employment, that they agreed to my terms, and agreed to reasonably accommodate to my needs of my disability! Had I known they were going to turn out this way, I would’ve went to work and school for a different company all together!

    I know that with all the stuff Star’s told potential employers, them listing false incidents that never occurred, or occurred in another manner, which they knew the truth about has ruined me to the point that no company will touch me. I had Conway Truckload call them about 6-9 months prior to all this. The time they called then my record was mysteriously clean, and things never got super bad then. Yes, things had gone down hill with the company over all the last couple years I was there, and was constantly getting worse, but not sure if it was just me, or all the driver’s… so I can’t say that it’s due to Conway calling them at that time. Anyways, now I wish I had left Star then, but I wasn’t financially able at the time to make the transition. So, now that I’m seriously looking to get away from them, and have several different major trucking companies contacting them, that’s about the time that everything really went to hell, and started to go nonstop downhill. I was turned down by over 6 companies in ONE DAY! The next day I was turned down by 3 more. This all had them showing several incidents over the last 3 years, but mysteriously 6 – 9 months ago my incident/accident history was spotless? Something there just isn’t right, and I keep finding report after report online of them doing several other driver’s the same way. Right around the time they give a two week notice, it seems that Star fires them. I’m making sure to print off every article similar that I can find, and I’m sending it along with everything else to whichever attorney I choose to work with. I did mention to the guy that, if he’d just place that under non-preventables, and they didn’t mess with my record anymore (because I was told by Conway if they’d just remove that hit and run under preventable and list it as non-preventable, that they’d hire me), and nothing else was listed preventable that I wouldn’t legally seek advice, or go after them, but, shortly after getting off the phone with them, after Wayne agreed to remove the incident, I called Conway. When I got the recruiter on the phone, I told him I finally got it removed, and I was ready to go to work for them, and I asked him to call Star Transport one more time, and check my incident/accident/driving history, and he did, and called me back. He sounded bit upset, and yeah, I don’t blame the guy. I was way more upset than he was and way more shook up though than him once I heard what he had to tell me. He told me that, when he called Star they had removed that as a preventable, BUT, they had put down that I was discharged, as well as listed like 50 other things that they had decided to add to my DAC or driving history, and that he was sorry, but there was no way they could possibly hire me. I then tried calling everywhere I could think of to obtain the qualcomm records as evidence, and never could get anywhere since I wasn’t a judge needing them for a court case. The guy at Conway did tell me if I could get a hold of them, and if my story did turn out to be the way I said that he might be able to work something out, but I never could get hold of the qualcomm records, which is sad.

    So now, Star has ruined me to the point that NO COMPANY in the USA will hire me period end of story. They didn’t officially terminate me, or tell me verbally I was terminated until May 3rd or 4th, but yet, they listed my date of termination as April 2nd, 2011. My insurance coverage was dropped immediately, which has caused more problems in my life than I’ve ever had. The issues from it have nearly been worse than not being able to find a job with any company! Since I lost my insurance on the spot, and had no clue I was going to be terminated (or could’ve saved a couple weeks income for the cobra payments), I lost all my insurance, and couldn’t cover my doctor visits, or my medications expenses! I need the medications I’m on just to survive and function! One of the medications alone was going to cost between $400-$600, just for one months supply!

    Most of my income goes towards medical bills and expenses, I didn’t have money to pay my cobra fee of roughly $300 a month let alone all the other expenses. I’ve gone nearly 2 months so far without insurance. I’ve worked things out with my doctor’s luckily, but I’ve had no way of covering my prescriptions! I’ve been through a living hell! Like I was saying one of them was $400 minimum, the 2nd most expensive was over $250, and then the last wasn’t too bad, and was only around $50, but being unemployed, not having any savings because you have so many medical expenses, I didn’t have $1-$2 saved I could spend on food let alone meds! Without the medications I take as I mentioned above, I have HORRIBLE withdrawal symptoms, which by themselves can in some instances be life threatening. I had no way to cover the meds to prevent any of that from happening and I’ve been suffering through indescribable pain and misery for nearly 2 months, and finally got everything covered today. It’s now June 1st. I’ve been without since a little past April 10th I believe. So, that gives you an idea of how long the suffering lasted. So, with that on top of them defaming me to the point no one will give me a shot at a job… my ENTIRE LIFE is RUINED! I’m posting this on ripoffreport.com, and any other complaint message board that’ll allow me to post a long complaint. I’m making sure I add in every detail so everyone knows the misery I’ve been through, and I hope no one else in this country has to experience the hell that I’ve experienced. Been many nights suffering through all the withdrawals, and depressions, and pain they’ve caused me, that I’ve honestly wanted to end my life, and I’m generally NOT a suicidal person at all. I’m a Christian trucker, and just the thought of that alone would mean eternal damnation for my soul…. So I’ve never been the suicidal type, but they’ve ruined my life so badly now that… I don’t know where, or who to turn to. If wasn’t for family, I’d be homeless, and even worse off than I am now. But, I’ll leave things at that. I’m going to attempt to contact, any other former drivers from Star Transport that have experienced what I have been through. I’m giving ripoffreport.com in this statement and complaint consent to give out my e-mail address to anyone with a similar issue with this company. My other information I’ll probably have no issue giving out, once you’ve e-mailed me and I see you have a legitimate issue against the company as well. Thanks for reading this nightmare. I hope it saves someone else before they have to go through the disaster that I had to go through. Email customer support at ripoffreport.com in reference to this and ask my email address. I notice that if they read a complaint and think they may be able to start a class action suit, that they’ll contact the authors of the comments, so please contact them if you have similar issues as I’ve had. Maybe if enough of us band together we can do something about this issue, and save other peoples lives from being ruined. Thanks.

    YAY it fit! Anyways, that's about it, and now i'm working with several attorneys trying to find the best one for the case. A class action suit would be nice though if anyone wants to join me. Please e-mail me. Not sure if it'll take my e-mail out if I list it but, it's cybersax18 at gmail dot com. Just fix the dot part and put it all together. Have to be an idiot not to figure it out. Anyways, hope to hear from people on this issue.
     
  10. justin8842

    justin8842 Light Load Member

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    i currently drive for star they have a new saftey director whose turned star around. i have a 386 with regen problems and star is understanidng the situation and are trying to get teh truck fixed they are not a bad company just a few drivers who were angry cause they lost there jobs its drivers fault they lost and cybersax did you actually call shop itself or did you only tell your dispatcher? cause ive had been in st joesph mo for 2 days got breakdown pay for it and got a motel for the night. star is not a bad company as everyone says other wise they wouldnt be hiring as many drivers as they have been.
     
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