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Roses & Razzberries

By Terry Scruton


OOIDA member Ray Morris of Pandora, OH, sends out a whole column of RAZZBERRIES to the Lima News, a local newspaper, for its coverage of a wreck back in September.

The paper published a story about an incident involving a motorcyclist and a truck, with the headline screaming that the truck driver fled the scene.

A horrific story, to be sure, but there’s just one problem. If you look at the story itself, the truck driver in question was driving a pickup truck.

Maybe we’re a little biased here, but it seems to us that when most folks see the phrase “truck driver,” they think of a big semi rolling down the highway. Newspapers have used this term incorrectly since pickups were invented and they still can’t get it right.

It may seem like a small thing to some, but, as they say, the devil is in the details. And in this case, the devil got it wrong.

OOIDA member Linda Kirkbride of Pittsburg, KS, sends out a ROSE to the TravelCenters of America truck stop in Albert Lea, MN.

Linda said it started out as a “royal RAZZBERRY” but turned into a ROSE thanks to Steve Klingman, the general manager there. Linda and her husband were having some tires put on their truck at the service shop when the truck slipped on the jack, puncturing the oil pan.

Of course, this happened on Labor Day weekend and the folks at the repair shop said they couldn’t do anything until Tuesday morning. So Linda and her husband lost the load they were carrying and were stranded at the TA in Minnesota. To make matters worse, no one offered to put them up at a hotel or buy them a meal or anything. So you can see why this was starting to look like a RAZZBERRY.

Enter Steve Klingman. Steve showed up on Tuesday, heard about Linda’s situation, and immediately put Linda and her husband in a hotel, paid for their meals and got their truck fixed. Linda said he “took care of the situation and turned it around.”

So ROSES to you, Steve, for going that extra mile and making a bad situation better.


OOIDA member Galen Hansen of McIntire, IA, sends out a bunch of ROSES to Trooper Pulley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Galen said the trooper stopped him earlier this year for a Level I inspection, and what could have been a very unpleasant experience turned out to be just the opposite. Galen said Trooper Pulley was kind and courteous and even chatted with him after the inspection was over, going so far as to say that “trucks are the lifeblood of America.”

Given all of the bad publicity the Tennessee Highway Patrol has had recently, it’s good to see at least one of their troopers get it right. LL


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ROSES go out to Robinson Transport of Salina, UT, and its owner, Kim Robinson.

Robinson was recently given the Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest civilian award given by the U.S. Department of Defense to employers. Robinson got the award for his support of his employees who are on active duty with the National Guard.

Robinson is required by law to hold the jobs of these employees for them when they get called up for duty, but he has taken it one step further. He also gives them full pay and benefits.

When we hear so many reports of company drivers getting the shaft, it’s nice to see some of them are treated right for a change.

Amy Spry, an OOIDA life member from Oscoda, MI, would like to send some ROSES to the Windsor Husky Travel Center in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Amy was there on Sept. 11 of this year and noticed that the flag had been lowered to half staff. When she asked why, they told her it was in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Amy said it was refreshing to see such support for America coming from another country. We couldn’t agree more.