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Roses & Razzberries

ROSE to the unknown truck driver who prayed with Fairlawn, OH, resident Sally Oneacre — twice — gave her words of comfort and helped her call her family to let them know she had been in an accident and was OK. The young Zanesville, OH, truck driver stayed as long as she needed him, the Zanesville Times Recorder reported. Through the accident’s chaos however, Oneacre forgot to ask the trucker’s name. She later said, “I want to mainly say ‘Thank you’ for … patience and compassion ... Standing by somebody’s side is really important. (The driver) was very helpful and willing, and that just doesn’t happen very often — but it sure is worth it when it does.”

RAZZBERRY to Pine Lawn, MO, Mayor Adrian Wright, who “fancied” a $1,000 bill belonging to 71-year-old retired truck driver Curtis Smith Sr. A police officer confiscated the bill after Smith was taken from his truck on land he owned, sleeping off a few drinks. Wright noticed the bill as officers counted out Smith’s money — and the mayor later replaced it with 10 $100 bills. The money went to an account for confiscated drug funds, even though prosecutors didn’t charge Smith with selling drugs and later ordered the money returned. But when Smith asked for his $1,000 bill, which he’s kept 20 years, he was instead given a check. For nearly a year, Smith asked the police to return the bill, but they refused. After recent weeks of public outrage, authorities finally returned the original bill, which depicts President Grover Cleveland. Turns out it has been out of print since 1934 and could bring as much as $3,500 from a collector.

OOIDA member Charlie Bates, Goodman, MO, joins other members in giving Arkansas attorney Gary Green a RAZZBERRY. Green, who has offices in several states, regularly runs ads claiming 29 percent of truckers in a survey admitted to using illegal drugs on a regular basis. When Land Line asked for the survey, we discovered it was about 13 years old. Green isn’t the only lawyer trying to make a buck from a truck. Members have complained about “ambulance chaser” ads across the country showing obvious bias against truck drivers while citing old and inaccurate statistics. RAZZBERRIES to all of them.

OOIDA member John (who asked we not use his last name) has driven 14 years for Quality Carriers, Gary, IN, and has 40 years’ trucking experience. Recently, he stopped at a Petro in Hammond, LA, needing to eat after a long haul. The only parking place was an empty slot in a Petro-owned RV lot nearby. “I was not blocking anyone,” he said. “In fact, I ate in a hurry like I had two spoons. But when I came out, I saw a Hammond police officer and a wrecker telling me to ‘get in the truck and get out of here.’” He later called Petro’s complaint line, but no one responded. That’s why John’s RAZZBERRY goes to the Petro in Hammond. They could have asked him to move the truck, which he would gladly have done.

OOIDA member Dean Teodorski, Louisville, KY, gives a RAZZBERRY to MSX International, a warehouse for Daimler Chrysler in St. Louis. Dean says the facility enforces a policy where only employees can use company restrooms. The policy is due to vandalism by some truckers, he was told. “True, the few have hurt the many again,” Dean said. “But this facility (where it takes about three hours to unload if not longer) must change this poor policy. The United Auto Workers would not stand for such treatment, nor would Daimler Chrysler management or office workers tolerate such a policy.” Land Line called the facility — a representative said he would not respond to any questions.

OOIDA member Bob Coe, New Milford, PA, gives a ROSE to Thomas Roberts of the Moore Township, PA, Police Department. Bob was delivering an oversized communications shelter to a site off state Route 248 in Danielsville, PA. But while looking at a direction sheet, he noticed the access road to Route 248 was too narrow. So he stopped to phone for better directions. That’s when Officer Roberts showed up and checked all the permits. “He told me that the access roads … were impassable due to my size and weight,” Bob said. “He then went up the road to check a lot for me to park as I would have to order new permits to access the site via state highways. He went out of his way to check on the highway numbers … and bring the new permits to me. It was only through his efforts that the proper routing was obtained and the correct permits ordered.”