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Roses & Razzberries

OOIDA member Roger D. Smith, North English, IA, gives a ROSE to Perry Pritchard, a trucker with J.B. Hunt. Roger was waiting in a long line at a fuel island in Brooklyn, IA, when he decided to get a cup of coffee. Upon returning, he found his rig with a smashed radiator and condenser and a busted-up grille. Another trucker (a RAZZBERRY to him) backed into Roger’s rig and took off, but Pritchard saw what happened, got out a pen and wrote down the offending trucker’s license number. For the getaway trucker, justice is at hand, you might say, because that’s where Pritchard wrote down the license number — on his hand.

OOIDA member John Canistro, Troy, NY, gives a RAZZBERRY to the TA Truckstop in Richmond Hill, GA. After spending $240 on diesel, John asked to take a shower. He was given a card with listed services, including showering, and was told to swipe it in a Road King computer. John was then asked to provide his license number, birthday and name, but he respectfully declined. At that point, a clerk said he’d have to pay $7 to get clean. “We all know they make a profit by selling personal information to others,” John said. “It’s my right as a citizen not to give them this information. I walked away.”

OOIDA member David Harry Grover Jr., Gloucester City, NJ, gives a ROSE to Potomac Supply Corp., Kinsale, VA, where he recently picked up a load of lumber. Seems the place has a driver’s welcome center, coffee, TV, bathrooms, showers with towels, soap, shampoo and laundry facilities — all at no cost to the truckers. “They only ask that you help keep the place clean and make sure the towels don’t grow legs,” David said. “It’s hard to remember the last time I was treated with this kind of respect from a customer. The loaders were fast and the loads were pre-picked. I doubt if I was in the back loading and strapping for more than 35 minutes. I hope every driver that has the pleasure of picking up or delivering to PSC takes the time to thank them and act like gentlemen and ladies while there.”

OOIDA member Charles Leasure, president of Leasure Transportation, Fresno, CA, sends a ROSE to Flying J for taking a suggestion he and his wife made. At last year’s International Trucking Show in Las Vegas and again at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, the two approached a Flying J representative and suggested the company install handicapped parking spaces for truckers at its facilities. Charles is 44 percent disabled due to an injury received while unloading. The company responded and is now installing handicapped spaces at its truckstops. “This really helps me a lot, especially on days when my leg is really bothering me,” Charles said. “I am not the only handicapped driver out there. Thank you, Flying J, for a job well done.” Meanwhile, Charles sends a RAZZBERRY to those lazy, healthy drivers who park in the handicapped spaces.

OOIDA member and owner-operator Evan Arendell, Stephenville, TX, gives a half-RAZZBERRY to Fox News’ Brigitte Quinn for her comments during a broadcast of a California police officer chasing a Toyota Tundra on a San Diego freeway. The driver had a gun and was believed suicidal, Quinn said, adding: “If you need an indication of how fast the (Toyota) is going, watch as it passes all those 18-wheelers — and we all know how fast they go.” So why the half-RAZZ? “I know this wasn’t a purposeful slam — besides, truckers like the Fox Channel,” Evan said. “But it does reinforce the negative stereotype of truckers as willful law-breakers and speeders. She probably doesn’t know the speed limit for trucks in California is 55 mph.”

OOIDA member Howard Dye gives a ROSE to Elaine Schlinder Raynak and Lilly Anne Wigington, who have worked a combined 56 years serving truckers who work for Ondeo Nalco Energy Services, Sugar Land, TX. They handle details, such as getting permits, answering log-related questions and figuring out the correct pay for time worked. “This is just a thank you for a job well done,” Howard said. “These women are well-appreciated because they always have an answer when you need one, and they always have time to talk. ”