Like a Hit to Head

Well the weather is nice and “springy” with 12C and no rain in sight around here. Still, snow lingers on the ground, but the air smells of spring and good times to come–it is almost magic. Anyway, today’s post is about all those people who think they deserve more than everyone else, yet they do the least amount for it. There are a few ingredients, such as respect, skill, and even to a degree, merit, but these qualities you need to earn by the social standards set by your peers. Self proclaimed leaders and invented titles, such as those you would call scammers and swindlers, every society has them buried amongst the general population. Around here in Terrace, BC, we have our share. But one guy in particular stands out above all the others I have met since I moved here last summer. The truck driver that wanted me to sign his log book. Ya, like I need a hit on the head.

When this person wanted me to sign his log book, I thought “why would I sign that—a log book.” So I told him that it is company policy for me NOT to sign anything of Government in origins, unless directed by the Company Owners. (Yes, I played stupid.) He insisted, and even said that he has Receivers do this all of the time, and that this was his company’s policy. So I said, “Then I need to make a phone call.” Then time all of a sudden time became an issue. His troubles of being an Owner-Operator, and having several employees working for him, was so much stress, and that I was only adding more unnecessary stress to his already stressed out day–he needed to get going on his next trip. (Yes, cue the violins.)

Log story–short, I use to drive trucks for a living. Yes, in my humble younger days, I was a Commercial Truck Driver, and did both short and long haul all over North America. So I knew how the game was played, and heard of all the tricks and stunts played by other drivers. Now I stay away, far far away from driving trucks becuase of both Dead Beat Bosses, and my health–in that order. So listening to this guy, just conjured up many memories of all the dishonest drivers that I use to work with, and who tried to pull scams like this.

Here are the facts. Only the driver and the Scale Officer touch that log book when the driver is on en-route to the destination point. The Bill of Lading are the shipping documents that the Driver carries from the Shipper, to the Receiver; both of these are legal documents. In my current employment, I only sign the Bills of Lading, and I put the times and date on that document–not the driver. If it does not match his Scale Logs, then that is his problem, he has to deal with the Government and his Employer.

After ten minutes of him trying to get me to sign is documents and Log Book, he gave up. But not with some choice words after I unloaded my product from the trailer. I wrote in my logs, that this driver was not following procedure, and that my company should request that he be barred from hauling for us, for life. We will see how far that will goes.

Anyway, that was the start my day.

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