George & Wendy Show

Wendy Parker

The brotherhood exists, take two

| July 09, 2014

So I just had an awesome experience with a group of people I respect deeply and who never ceased to amaze.

We have a Facebook page with about 1,800 people following it. Small by most standards, and out of the 1,800 following, I’m guess only about 400 actually see the posts, because Facebook is run by communists who limit your reach unless you care to spend money — so having a thriving page is actually not awarded, it’s debited. Anyway, I’m cool with that, because out of the 400 who see it, we probably only have 100 people who actively participate, so I’m pretty familiar with everyone and it’s really like a little community instead of just a Facebook page. There are several who have been with us from the beginning, when we had 100 “likes” and I was ecstatic about it. I still can’t believe anyone but my mom reads anything I write, so actually interacting with people who read what I write is a treat for me.

Anyway, we got a message from one of our longtime friends, Lukas The Truck Driver, from Canada. He told us of a driver who was stranded in Beaverdam, Ohio, which is only about 100 miles North of us. His truck broke down in Kentucky — he needed to get to Kitchener, Ontario, and he was out of money. Lukas had left the guy with $40 and sent us a message, which I posted on our page, asking if anyone was going that way and could give him a lift. His company told him it wasn’t their problem to get him home, and even though Lukas was going that way, his company has a no-rider policy.

So long story short, it turns out a bus ticket from Lima, Ohio, to Kitchener, Ontario is $89.00, if bought on the day of departure, $60.00 if bought the day before. Lukas had given him almost half what it would cost to send him same day, so George drove up to Beaverdam and took the guy to Lima, bought his bus ticket and sent him home. And as awesome as that is, here’s the best part of this story: We were offered that money over and over again – people tried to give me their credit card numbers, almost every post was an offering of money or a phone number for an agency or charity that could help. People wanted to help.

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The brotherhood exists

The bond between truckers of all stripes is real. It was reinforced for Wendy recently when a nephew went missing and she put the word out to drivers through social media.

Now, all the fuzzy happy being said, this was a complete leap of faith. When George left he said, “I really hope I’m not driving a hundred miles to get beaten and robbed.” And believe me, I was really wary of the whole thing – there are people who will lie and con you out of money in the most unseemly ways. But it turns out the guy was a truly decent person; he was so grateful for the help. He had the same damn story we’ve heard over and over again – making crappy mileage and being force-dispatched. He had worked for the company that left him stranded for two years, and they couldn’t bother to send the guy $89.00 for a bus ticket when their truck lost a tranny in Kentucky. I know it’s not their responsibility and I know he should have had an emergency account, but the facts remain: they were jerks, and he didn’t. He had used what little money he had to eat and get as far North as he could.

We wish our new Canadian friend the best. He’s a nice guy and he and Lukas are going to stay in touch, so we’ll get updates, I’m sure. A very special thanks to everyone who offered help and support. You are awesome, even if you are dirty ol’ truckers. God bless the brotherhood.

  • ROBERT W DUNNE

    for the record the INS have a law that says canadian trucking company’s are responsible to get drivers home to canada

  • Wendy

    You know, I figured there had to be some kind of consulate or something that handled this stuff. Thanks for the info. I’ll keep it in the mental Rolodex for further notice.

  • quickphil

    When you hear about the good old days I always tell everybody , they are now for the younger drivers ! And they are what you make of them yourself nowadays ! I will admit though things were a whole lot more fun when I was young ! You all did a good deed maybe it will come back in triplicate

  • James

    Truckers ROCK! When I was still married,we lived in Caldwell,Idaho. My wife wanted to go visit a friend in Iowa,so I got her car ready and all went well going out there. Just leaving,her car developed a problem,but she had to press on to get back to her job. At a truck stop about 100 miles down the road,she was adding oil and a Trucker there spent an hour helping her figure out what was wrong with the engine. She wasn’t willing to leave her car,so he followed her ALL THE WAY to Caldwell. She kept telling him she didn’t want to make him late,but he stuck with her-50 mph the whole way. Can’t tell you how great it was for him to do that. (And NO-he didn’t try to get her in the sack.) Found out later her car holed a piston from trying to run with the freeway traffic long distance in an ’80 Datsun. There’s STILL Truckers who measure up the title “Knights of the Road”. And it that driver’s reading this,Thanks,Bro!