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Re: Way OT - Fedex Ground

>  The stereotype that all truck drivers
> are dumb, slovenly bums is just not true.

????  I'm not aware of this stereotype. I don't know anyone who thinks this
When I said the Canadian UPS driver couldn't find my sister's house, it was
my assumption he wasn't the regular driver of that route and was confused by
an awkward turn in the road.  I didn't imply that he was stupid or unkempt;
just that he didn't make any extra effort to find 7th street.

I've dealt with my fair share of truck drivers and delivery persons and
there was one unkempt young man that wouldn't wash his hair and had trouble
signing for a load because he needed one hand to keep his pants from falling
off  while he kept dabbing his snuffly nose with the other (son of the
delivery service owner) but other than that, why would anyone think a truck
driver is a "slovenly bum"?  I don't recall any of these posts referring to
any driver's attire or hygiene.

And as for those posts mentioning drivers being unable to read, most were
using that phrase loosely, as in not being observant of signs or not using a
map, laziness on the part of a particular driver in a particular story.  The
one that referred to oral exams for those who can't read the test, may not
have been aware that oral tests are available in many situations outside of
driving, such as ADD.  Oral tests are commonplace today.  This reminds me of
a recent Doonesbury in which BD is lying in his hospital bed after having
his leg blown off in Iraq.  Guy in the next bed, making conversation, asks,
"Did you lose any limbs?"  BD:  "I lost my leg.  #%! What's amatter, can't
you see?!"  Reply, "No, I'm blind."  BD grimaces, while someone in another
bed says, "You'll learn."

I think when posters were making unkind remarks about truck drivers, they
were referring to specific instances, not making stereotypical remarks.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "SueNY" <sue.nyc@att.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 2:43 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Way OT - Fedex Ground

> Hi...
>    I want to clarify a few stereotypes and misconceptions. I worked for a
> trucking company for years before I moved here to NYC. Some of the drivers
> worked with are still dear friends. It's simply not true that truck
> are idiots. Yes, there is a oral version of the written CDL license exam
> those who English is a second language.  If you can not read at all you
> not be allowed to take the exam. And no trucking company will hire someone
> can not speak and understand English. And even those who chose the oral
> over the written one still have to pass the field exam and it is not easy.
> Once you pass and get your CDL any company you apply to will do a complete
> criminal background check, drug testing, and a complete physical and
> psychological exam. Once hired you're subjected to random drug tests all
> long and must get a physical once a year as mandated by the DOT, and your
> safety record is highly scrutinized. Even one preventable accident on your
> part will get you in trouble.
>   Yes, there are some bad apples in every bushel. We had a few in our
> and they didn't last long. But the majority ogf truckers are hard working,
> safety concious men and women who strive to do the best job they can.
> a tractor trailer is not easy...these guys do it in all kinds of weather.
> also often load and unload their own trucks, and also are expected to
> customer service...even to the customer from hell.
>   I worked with 8 drivers, ranging in age from 28 to 52. All were highly
> intelligent, hard working men. Believe me, there is absolutely no way you
> get a CDL, let a alone a job with a trucking company if you can't read. At
> company I worked at we had several applicants who could not read and none
> ever considered for  employment.
>   Okay, lecture over. I just can't stand to see truck drivers bashed and
> lumped together because of a few bad apples. :(
> The guys I worked with were the best. The stereotype that all truck
> are dumb, slovenly bums is just not true.
> Sue
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