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local reporter wants to hear from truckers joining the boycott of Warner Robins. He email is: firstname.lastname@example.org and phone is: 478-256-9685
Won’t matter much what you tell the reporter, city councilmen were determined to make this happen. No matter how wrong it is and how stupid, just like the rest of the politiicans, they got voted in this year, special interests hoarders. Unfortunately company drivers will take the loads there, and from there, because that is their job.
I spoke with JJ McClure – the reporter who is interested in speaking to truckers who intend to boycott. She is linking the blog post to an article she will have in the Saturday edition of local news. She and I both have hopes of the City Council being able to come to a compromise with truckers regarding the parking ban. It would be nice for local drivers in the area to help us get behind this and show we can make changes for the positive. Write letters containing effective solutions using positive language, make suggestions, cite other places you’ve been or seen that have safe, clean lots and what it was about that place that made it that way. It’s easy to sit down and write about what a bunch of ya-hoo’s the Council are acting like, but I think it’s pretty evident already and redundant. You draw more flies with sugar, and unfortunately, we need those flies to work with us on this.
We are a small trucking company. In other
words, a small business just like many small
businesses in your neck of the woods.
We struggle to survive, and are very cautious of
how and where we spend our money. We try to shop
along our routes of travel where it looks to be
safe for us to do so.
We are taxpayers, not loafers nor drug dealers.
We don’t wear our pants dropped off our rear-ends
like some of the citizens of your great little city.
For years we have traveled Hwy 96 from I-16 to
Hwy 80 in Georgia, and the reverse route as well.
Late at night that is a really lonely highway,
especially if you become ill.
As we have come through your area, we have been
extremely ill a couple of times. We have had to
stop at whatever stores were located along that
Now you have a medical facility. I guess I’ll be
denied medical care there because your city
does not want trucks to be there. I guess we are just
supposed to go on down the road to die, right?
Well, buddy, let me tell you this: if I’m sick,
I’ll park wherever I have to in order to get the
medical attention I need. And if me or my truck
is given any trouble, I’ll see all of you in court.
We have shopped the Dollar General store purchasing
items for the truck and home.
We have purchased many things for the building
of our home at the Lowe’s store on our way home.
At no time did any of those stores refuse our
business. No they were more than anxious to have
the sales of whatever we bought, and welcomed us to
come back. Now I guess those were lies. No one wants
us to come back.
If we are so unwanted in your community that it has
caused a nationwide news story, then I believe I will drive through, and keep rolling to somewhere more
courteous of others’ rights.
Thank God there are more stores in other communities
where we can make a quick stop to purchase various
Although it may not be a major loss of revenue for
Warner Robbins, it is outside dollars that come
through your hands. Those tax dollars go into the
local government coffers, and it is at least a drop
in the bucket that must be filled in order to keep
things running (to include paying for you). The money
we spend also helps to keep other little businesses
Maybe I’ll just go back to traveling the interstates,
and take my money home to spend with people whom at
least appreciate it.
Another thing, drivers in your area need instructions
that it is not safe to pull out in front of trucks.
We are not able to stop on a dime. And if I ever hear
about an accident where a car/pick-up pulls out in
front of a truck, I will personally witness that it
is a very common problem there.
Now that you to are aware of this problem, you to can be held liable in the event of an accident of this nature through what is called “Punitive Damages.”
Those types of damages come directly from your pocketbook, ownership of property, bank accounts, present and future earnings, and yes, even your dirty laundry. No the government office you hold will not pick up that tab.
And while you are at it, it would be nice if your
city would teach that it is courteous to dim your
lights when approaching oncoming traffic.
When it rains, the highways throw off a reflection
that blinds us. This can easily cause accidents. It
may be nice to explain to them that if they cause
an accident involving a truck that is passing through
their community; that they and you can be held even
more liable since you have been officially notified of the problem by virtue of this email.
As to whether or not I ever come through there again,
I pay for my truck to be on the road. I guess you forget
the federal funds that trickle down to your community.
If we cannot be allowed to stop, then you are really
telling us to go elsewhere.
Maybe we will stir up the federal government on the
legal rights of passage. And if there are any businesses
open to the public, it is illegal for them to stop us
from patronizing them. Remember that it to is illegal to
interfere with Interstate Commerce. (That is federal.)
And by the way: Maybe the Tide will Roll Over you
again next year!!! R-o-l-l Tide!!! 32 – 28 Ain’t no Bulldog
gonna roll over us without a fight.
Earnest and Bonnie Williams
P. O. Box 565
Greensboro, AL 36744
P. S. I guess your community would like to consider
themselves as Christians, doing what things are Christlike.
This reminds me of something totally the opposite. Wonder
what that is? Well, if it is not of God, then maybe they
are of satan.
Small victory! The Mayor is pretty hot with the Council right now for a knee-jerk reaction. I’ll keep everyone posted on details.
It is not always about drawing more flies with honey!
We have legal rights, which we as truck drivers need to start standing up for.
If there is a city along our routes which we travel to or through, then they have businesses that are open to the public. They must accept the bitter with the sweet.
If there is a business open to the public, we are entitled to be there. As far as having a limit of 2 hours parking, that is hogwash!
No state can enforce laws over laws which are set by the federal government. If Warner Robbins happens to be the place whereby break is required by law, then Warner Robbins is where I’ll take it.
Beyond that, I’ll see them in court.
I agree whole-heartedly, which is why I said ‘unfortunately’. I just sent a couple of e-mails with information on the shut down mandates to the Mayor and Council. I also mentioned the federal law enforcement issues. I know (and they probably know) someone could take this to court and win, but it shouldn’t have to come to that. No one has time or money to pay an attorney (the only person who ALWAYS wins, because they get paid no matter what) to hash this out. I think the Council was completely unaware of the shut down mandates by the feds, like a lot of people are. I’m going to continue offering information as needed and plugging away at this.
You are doing a fine job! Keep up the good work.
I have no problem assisting in whatever way I deem needed.
Unfortunately, a city can ban parking within the limits. Federal law requires a break, and doesn’t say where it has to be, but it also has no verbage saying it can be anywhere you want it…only that it has to be legal. It cannot force a city, county, or state to provide a parking spot for an idiot that can’t plan ahead. It’s a sorry excuse of a truck driver that can’t plan ahead for a break. Wheel monkeys drive until the end of their hours and then hope for a parking spot. Having said that, I am a staunch supporter of communities and states that provide parking for truckers. I will go out of my way to spend money in those communities, encourage my friends to do so, and will walk right up to a driver that has no respect for others or the places they park and insist that they pick up their trash. I have on more than one occasion placed their trash back on their truck if they just walked off.
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Wendy Parker rides with her husband, George Parker, an owner-operator who pulls dry van. She chronicles their adventures and her observations from the shotgun position in her blog and at their website, http://www.thegeorgeandwendyshow.com/index.html