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Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by BreadMakesMePoop, May 23, 2020.

  1. BreadMakesMePoop

    BreadMakesMePoop Bobtail Member

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    Jat of Fort Wayne

    Here we go.
    As soon as I sat down and introduced myself, I was handed a check for 50 bucks. Okay then.

    Physical and drug screen immediately.
    Tons and tons of paperwork.
    You're put in a dorm room like situation. Very clean. They buy lunch for duration of orientation.

    This company advertises new automatic Volvo.
    I was thrown the keys to a used manual International. 260k miles. Okay then.
    Both front and driver facing cameras.

    This company advertises 25 bucks per hour plus overtime. The pay is on the drive line only.
    2 hours free for loading/unloading. Detention pay after that.

    Here's the personal stuff.
    Cleared to go early Friday.
    Didn't take a whole lot with me, seeing as though it's a holiday weekend and they don't normally run weekends.
    Loaded up my truck with my one bag, my plethora of paperwork, and the free box of goodies.
    Nothing exciting. Oil, wiper fluid, seals...a free safety vest.

    All ready to roll. Grab an empty not at the yard. Little bit of a drive. Get loaded. Barely make it to pick-up on time. Actually late by 10 minutes. Not a newb so of course I sweet-talk the old ladies and luckily got loaded up.

    Getting ready to head home for the holiday weekend.
    Starts getting a little warm. Turn on AC. Blowing warm air.
    Starts raining a little bit. Wipers aren't functioning properly. Motor is burning out. Only work on super duper high. Whatever. That's on me for not properly checking the truck before accepting it.
    Maybe things were rushed because of the holiday weekend...I'll take some of the blame for that.

    Head back to the shop to get things looked at.
    Suffice to say, I was given a loaner on my first day.
    No chance to properly clean my truck, as it smelled like wet dog and was pretty dirty.
    Stuck with a loaner for who knows how long.


    All in all, they seem to try and make sure the drivers are taken care of.
    Let's see how this plays out.


    This post could have been much longer and much more detailed, but figured now's not the time
    If anyone has any questions, I'll answer to the best of my knowledge.
    Has potential to be a decent job, but time will tell.
     
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  3. audeygdad

    audeygdad Light Load Member

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    Good luck,don't sound to bad, have they preassigned you another load coming out?
     
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  4. BreadMakesMePoop

    BreadMakesMePoop Bobtail Member

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    I took the loaner and the load home.
    Working on getting a load back up to grab my truck.
     
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  5. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

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    ^^^^ I still DESPISE your username; reminds me of seagulls overhead, on a Florida Beach. :( Congrats on the gig, tho. . .
    [​IMG]
     
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  6. Dale thompson

    Dale thompson Road Train Member

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    What about line 4 time is that unpaid?
     
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  7. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

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    This whole thing smells fishy to me.
    Somebody gives you 50 bucks as soon as
    You walk through the door.
    Before orientation,drug test,physical.
    That's gangster stuff.
    No respectable company does that.

    Promised a new truck,given a old beat up
    Truck with a bunch of problems.
    That's a old trick.

    25 bucks an hour plus overtime on the drive line.
    Never heard of that and I'll bet every penny I
    Have there gonna cheat you out of hours somehow.

    This sounds like a new 1099 scam to me.
    You mentioned tons and tons of paperwork
    To fill out. Yet your already under a load for them
    Right now. All paperwork is done in orientation.
    So what's in all this paperwork that you still have to
    Fill out and turn in.

    This is how bottom of he barrel oilfield companies work.
    Walk through the door,
    Show class A CDL,
    Drive around corner, pee in bottle,
    Drive back to yard,
    Hop in truck and go to work.

    This is all red flags to me.
    I could be wrong, but none of this is normal to me.
     
  8. BreadMakesMePoop

    BreadMakesMePoop Bobtail Member

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    I feel the same way about everything.
    Paperwork is all filled out.
    Just a metric ton to do during orientation.

    Line 4 is unpaid.

    1200 minimum weekly guarantee, if one leaves out Sunday by 1500.
    Home Friday, so they claim.
    Seem to throw money at drivers to deal with problems. Just my opinion from a few days with them.

    Don't have the greatest feeling about it. Getting handed 50 smackaroos off the bat definitely felt like hush money.
     
  9. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

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    Well you never know.
    As long as the checks are good, don't ask any questions,
    You might get taken for a ride. Lol
     
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  10. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Lots of red flags driver, just sayn. Good luck.
     
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  11. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    They advertise the heck out of Craigslist. Good luck with your gig!
     
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