Oh I could rant almost weekly about stuff that happens while trucking but I try to reserve them for the worst stuff. The subject this time? Oh it’s always nearly the same: people that don’t give a fuck and are avid incompetents at their job. You know by now that these people, whom create problems for me, piss me off like nobody else. This rant is twofold. First, some more of truck repairs woes!
In winter, since my big rig doesn’t fit in the garage and it’s too cold to work outside, I have most of my maintenance and repairs done by a specialized Freightliner shop (which is the least incompetent one I could find after years of trying different places). Truth be told, I have learned not to trust their skills and competence, as I often found poor repairs (that sometimes had to be redone) and overpriced work. That means that I try to be present when they perform the repairs to try and spot any wrong doings. This has saved me from blatant fraudulent charges due to mechanic mistakes. However, this time I sent my old man for a huge service to be performed; oil change, belt change, brake adjustment, and cab air suspension replacement. Stuff that I could have done myself if not for the friggin’ cold. My father didn’t notice something amiss other than the mechanics seemed to lack the proper experience and that they tried to overcharge us on labor. On the other hand, when the old man returned with the truck I noticed a lot of things amiss…
I found out that the oil level was way too high. I didn’t want to open the drain plug and make a mess in the driveway so I siphoned the oil out of the dipstick tube. 5 litres to be exact. I saved it for future level adjustments. The kid that changed the belt didn’t know how to neutralize the tensioner so he pried the belt on and that left cut marks. Last summer, I had replaced the passenger side cab air suspension to fix an air leak due to old porous rubber. I had no prior experience doing it but I performed the task under 20 minutes without problems. I should have changed the other one while there but I didn’t. My mistake. Again, old man said that the kid seemingly didn’t know what he was doing and he struggled for over 35 minutes. I noticed that he had also stripped/rounded the bolt head that is holding the bracket. He was able to reinstall it but there’s no way that the little hex that remains will survive any kind of attempt at removing it once more.
WHY THE FUCK DIDN’T YOU REPLACE THE BOLT YOU LITTLE TURD?! Hell, I would have gladly PAID a few bucks for a new bolt without complaining about it. I’m sick and tired of paying trainees $120 an hour. He’s not even fucking learning something if he doesn’t know of his fouls! Why am I a bad customer if I complain? I’m not saying that I expect a new guy to be fully competent but it pisses me off when I compare it to my own beginnings: I wasn’t as bad as this and I didn’t even go through a training course! They even have access to much better tools than I! Mother of gawd. I hate fixing somebody else’s mistakes even more so if I fucking paid for it…
Secondly, my fellow truckers sometimes piss me off as well. Not only that the “brotherhood” of looking after one another is all but gone in Canada, not helped by the flooding of the industry by the “new kind” of truckers, but this lack of respect for the next guy is getting out of hand. Recently, I’ve been hauling roofing shingle loads for my customer. Luckily for me, these runs are already loaded in the trailer so I only have to hook-up and go. Unfortunately, the totally incompetent asswipes that go to load it have zero fucking care about doing it right. That particular shipper stores the skids outside and they are not protected from snow. The following has happened TWICE recently;
When the city trucker comes to pick it up, neither he or the lift-truck guy removes the snow from the skids. WHAAAAAAT? What the fuck, right?! It should be the responsibility of the shipper to properly prep their skids to be loaded. The trucker has the right to refuse such a thing and force the shipper to remove the snow OR if he feels like helping he can offer to remove the snow before each skid is loaded. “This ain’t my problem, boy! I’m paid by the hour but I’m too fucking lazy to lift a finger, boy! My job is to drive the truck, boy! Who cares if there’s snow on the skids? it’s only shingles, boy!”
I’ll tell you why you lazy incompetent motherfuckers: first, SNOW IS HEAVY! At 83000 lbs, these shingles loads already are at the very limit of the legal weight that can be hauled in 4 axle trailers. So, if there’s snow on top then we bust that limit and expose ourselves to very expensive fines and a blemished record! “There ain’t no scales between here and the yard, boy! It ain’t my problem afterwards, boy!”
Second, IT’S CALLED A “DRY BOX” TRAILER FOR A REASON! It’s normally used to haul loads that needs to be protected from the elements, humidity, contaminants, wind, or dust. Sure, these shingles don’t need protection but what do you think happens when this snow starts to melt inside the trailer? A huge fucking mess that’s what! The wood floor gets soaked all the way through and makes it rot. So it totally screws up the return load customer! Many of them require a clean and dry trailer and will often turn away a driver if it isn’t satisfactory. “It ain’t my problem, boy! By then I’ll be at home drinking beer!”
Oh, it gets worse: what if the skids themselves were stored on top of snow? Then, what if that snow melts inside the trailer then freezes again due to various outside temperatures? This is what it does:
Would you ever consider loading something in this trailer? I sure hell wouldn’t and would probably ban the company that would have sent a driver with this kind of mess!
A mess that could have been prevented simply by removing the snow from the skids prior to loading. A few MINUTES of work with a snow-brush and a shovel. Trying to remove snow from the floor and from criss-crossed skids that are already loaded? HOURS. You can’t just shovel that shit on the sides: you have to carry it all the way to the rear while climbing over dozens of slippery skids! After delivery of the load, trying to scrape away the ice from the floor and letting it dry while the outside temp is below freezing? DAYS. All unpaid, for me. It would have been paid for the city driver though.
Yes my friends, incompetence, the worst plague of our modern times.
“IT AIN’T MY PROBLEM, BOY!”
Of course it isn’t. Truer words have never been spoken! Now, come closer so I can throttle you with my own two hands… then maybe it’ll be your problem.