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Roses & Razzberries

By Terry Scruton
Land Line Now senior correspondent


OOIDA Member Danny Schnautz of Pasadena, TX, would like to send out some ROSES to the management staff at the east Houston location of Pappas Seafood House on Interstate 10 in Texas.

Danny was there awhile back when an empty car hauler high-centered coming out of the parking lot. Several passers-by, including Danny, stopped to help. Danny said the Pappas manager offered help in the form of advice and the use of a cell phone and also gave out $65 gift cards to those who helped the stuck driver.

Thanks for the tip, Danny. This is the kind of fish story we can believe.

OOIDA Member Billie Thomas of Maryville, TN, would like to send out a bunch of ROSES to Dental Care of Clinton, MS.

Billie’s husband Donald, who is also a member, had a toothache not long ago while they were on the road. They spent a whole day searching for a dentist with no luck at all. At 4 p.m., they called Dental Care of Clinton and were told that if they could make it by 8 a.m. the next day, the clinic would squeeze them in.

Billie said not only did they help Donald with his tooth and charge a decent price, but the staff was as kind and helpful as could be.

She also wanted to offer up some additional ROSES to Surplus City in Clinton for allowing them to park their truck there overnight. Billie says it was the only place close to the dentist office they could find that would allow them to park their truck.

We all know going to the dentist for a toothache isn’t usually a pleasant experience, but here’s to the folks in Clinton for making it a little less painful than usual.

A bunch of ROSES go out to Penske Corp. for donating more than $1 million worth of diesel-powered flatbed trucks to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

The trucks were donated back in February and were sent over to assist in relief efforts by aiding in the distribution of supplies to the earthquake-stricken country.

Once again, though times are tough, the trucking industry finds a way to help out.

ROSES to the Kingsville Baptist Church in Ball, LA, for organizing a coordinated effort to reach out to truckers who come in and out of the industrial park right next door to the church.

Libby Lingenfelter, who coordinates the outreach for the church, said about 500 trucks come in and out of the area every day and there is precious little space for them to park. In fact, the only parking is on the shoulders, which were added to the sides of the road specifically for the truckers.

Every Sunday morning, folks from the church bring breakfast, coffee and snacks to the truckers. They also set up a portable rest room and give out care packages to the truck drivers, which include a razor, gum, cough drops, hand wipes, bottled water and of course church literature.

As if that wasn’t enough, the church has also adopted the road, kept it clean and even added some landscaping. They are even talking about building a rest stop building with showers and rest rooms for the drivers.

In this day and age, this is almost unheard of. We try not to get too preachy here, but it has to be said: God bless these people for everything they are doing.

RAZZBERRIES to the writers and producers of the TV show “Criminal Minds.”

They recently did an episode that centered around a truck driver who was a serial killer. It was pretty obvious that they had borrowed heavily from the Bruce Mendenhall story as well as that report from the FBI that came out a few years ago.

They were pretty evenhanded about the whole thing right up until the end of the episode, when it was revealed that there are 12 more serial-killing truck drivers out there.

So does this mean we can look forward to 12 more episodes of misinformation and poor representation of truck drivers? We know these shows like to rip their stories straight from the headlines, but there are so many other, better real-world villains they could pick on besides truck drivers.

Hey, CBS, you want a “criminal mind” that’s ripped from the headlines? Maybe you should check out our coverage on the Arrow Trucking story. LL


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