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i LOVED IT, and i was busy. i was getting specialized work from Sears and K-Mart auto centers where those "mechanics", were nothing more than parts changers, and when they had a difficult diagnoses, they sent the customers to me, as those places only knew how to throw parts at a car, and hope it works.
i actually had also worked in a new car dealership, in fact 2 of them, both GM divisions, and i LOVED THAT, moving up now, the corporate ladder.
pay was very good, benefits were also very good.
but i tired of solving puzzles as they are in the repair industry, and being sought after by other customers through good word of mouth, was getting too much for me to handle.
i gave up, that good life, for a life of maybe more BS than i could have ever seen, let alone ever imagined.
i had my good times, my great times, and most certainly my BAD times, in trucking.
in the end, would i do it again... give up the repair field for trucking..???
i'd have find a better way to handle all the customers, puzzles they can throw at me, be home daily (if even late for supper), have ALL holidays off, be home each weekend, eat my own store bought foods, sleep in my own bed, and most of all, be RESPECTED for what i know, what i can do, and be in just as much high demand, and not due to any so-called "shortages", where one is only in demand, to fill a seat, and be a brainless, puppet controlled, driver.
TripleSix Thanks this.
I am part of an internet site where a lot of HR and Safety types post and exchange questions. There also are some CVSA members in it as well. Over the last several years I have noticed more and more they report ignoring most reasons for leaving employment. Yes, they all follow 391, but unless the driver has a history of safety violations like large amounts of accidents and/or HOS, they don't really care. Some even ignore a do not rehire on the header. HOWEVER, get a copy of your DAC about 4 to 6 months every time you change jobs. Contrary to a popular belief in these forums, most carriers will not poison you, but enough do that it is a problem. I have racked what's left of my mind trying to find an analogy. I will use cell phones. In the early day's people could dial 911 when they saw a drunk driver, or for that matter on a trucker (been victimized many times on this one). The over time the calls become so numerous most cop agencies started ignoring most of them. This is in a way what is happening with carriers during the hiring process. There are so many negative comments they ignore them all but the most severe ones.
So by all means, stop worrying about a poisoned DAC if you don't give a notice, OR just return the truck to a terminal and clean it out. YOU owe them NOTHING! Clean out the truck and leave the property.
First, why start another job mid-week? Always start on Monday so to give yourself a cushion if something goes south. Secondly, I was in a similar situation as you. After waiting several days for a load to get me to the nearest terminal to turn in my truck, I said " f*#@ it" and deadheaded 560 miles. Once at the terminal, I took pictures of the truck, turned the key in to maintenance and jumped an uber to enterprise.Never had any issues.
Months later, I received several emails from the same company asking me to return.
he had an old Buick V-8 he had to replace 2 freeze plugs in the engine block.
job paid like 2.0 hours, flat rate.
he lost nearly 45 minutes, just trying to figure out how to do the job, afterall, he wasn't as experienced as me at the time.
i told him i can do that job in like 20 minutes...or less...
he called my BS, and the service manager said, if i can do it in that 20 minutes or less, i'll get the full 2.0 hours flat rate labor.
i got a long heavy duty screw driver, punched each freeze plug, and yanked them out.
talk about small hands?
we used the rubber freeze plugs with the bolt that tightens them.
i was able to fish my hand up behind the exhaust manifold, pop eac plug in, use a long 3/8's extension, snug them up, drop down the car, refill with anti freeze....done in LESS than 20 minutes.
back then, flat rate labor was $20.00 hour....
made me $40, for 20 minutes of work......
young'n, never dared me again to out so him..........
and the service manager..??
he knew me from another garage i worked at, and he smiled at the dare.
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