Why are city drivers always grouchy?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by MACK E-6, Aug 15, 2020.

  1. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    Doing what I can, I have pulled out of docks and bays or waited and let some LTL guys go ahead of me. Some of us understand your jobs and appreciate it. If I'm getting a full truckload what is 15 minutes to let you go infront of me. Especially if your decent. However had one bone head run his mouth that thought he had the right to hit the dock before me. I choose to say no. Inform him he is union paid by the hour and to F/O. He was pissed. Asked how much I had on and I told him 14 skidded coils and one stand up. As he stomped back to his truck, they towmotor unloaded one skid. He never asked how many I was delivering. I was in and out in 7 minutes.
     
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  3. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    The difference is a Local truck may have 20 or 30 stops he has to get handled in a day, vs a OTR truck typically has 1 or 2. a lot of receiver have a dock set aside for local deliveries.
     
  4. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    I always try to get in and out as quick as possible, especially when someone does what you said. It's not in my nature to take advantage of people.
     
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  5. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    I get called in to do loads for car/auto parts manufacture at times night loads are a cake walk, but day loads if I can't get right in and out I skip the delivery and they don't get the product till the next day.
     
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  6. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    See, here's a prime example.

    Hotels and retail crap are the worst, more so than residential IMHO.

    I had a hotel a few days ago that saw fit to demand white glove service for their supplies, and that was not going to happen. If it was just a matter of rolling the skid through the door I may have been more accommodating, but they wanted the skid broke down, the product taken inside, and me to take the pallet back. :biggrin_25510:

    Sorry, the shipper didn't pay for any of that.

    "What are we supposed to do with the skid?"

    There's a dumpster right over there.

    "And who's going to put it in the dumpster"?

    Not me.

    ...And then I had to listen to the BLM kinderspiel while somebody went to get the acting manager, after which these three overpaid idiots decided they were absolutely not going to take that stuff inside, so it went back on the truck and I left, and called it in as refused.
     
  7. nmill

    nmill Light Load Member

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    Wow I never thought to send it back! I just leave it there.
     
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  8. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Road Train Member

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    I did route driving for car quest. There was 5 drivers and we had a set run. All done at night. Each store got 1-3 pallets and we had a lift gate and keys to the stores. Mine was 13 stops and 450 miles.

    Just about when I was hired they went to a set pay scale for the route instead of hourly. Supposedly with the 5 drivers they saved over 45 hours of overtime a week.
     
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  9. scott180

    scott180 Road Train Member

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    I hate the "It's not my job mentality" of some local drivers. Get the ##### job done.
    Some drivers won't run to the shop and get something fixed. Instead they write it up and let others deal with it.
    What happened to having the other guys back? When you work with a good crew everything is just so much easier.

    I drove locally in the CA bay area and when you deal with the areas OTR drivers avoid all day it can get stressful. Hyper alert all day is mentally tiring.
     
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  10. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Here’s a good one to bump this with.

    Friday I was absolutely furious when I left the yard.

    Some schmuck had the bright idea of sticking my last delivery right on the back, AND it was two 600 lb dirt bikes AND the pallet was smashed. On top of that all the nearby idiots on forklifts were kind enough to not do diddly squat to assist, so I had steal the forklift of someone loading a straight truck with a pallet jack and handle it myself.

    I dared somebody to approach me with the “you’re not certified” spiel, which would not have ended well.

    I was in a foul mood all day because of that one.
     
  11. upnorthwpg

    upnorthwpg Road Train Member

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    At our barn, the p&d drivers have had meltdowns constantly, for all the reasons that have been posted. I want nothing to do with it. Linehaul and cool as a cucumber!!!
     
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