After a grievance hearing with Teamsters Local 600, a
412-pound trucker who says he was fired because he couldn’t fit into a small
tractor got an apology along with a big-enough rig from his company – Michigan-based
USF Holland Inc.
Walter Geter, 49, also got back pay to cover his wages since
his firing Jan. 15.
“They were so apologetic, told me it was a mistake and told
me this would never happen again, that I’d always have a truck that I could fit
in,” 6-foot-2 Geter told The Associated
Press from this home in Berkeley, a St. Louis suburb. “They were just the
nicest people you’d ever want to meet.”
Geter has an impeccable driving record featuring nearly a
dozen safety awards and has been driving nearly 30 years, The AP reported.
The problem: Geter’s regular truck had broken down – and his
bosses assigned him to drive a smaller Ford-series tractor.
“My behind fits in the seat, but my stomach won’t fit behind
the wheel,” Geter had said of the new tractor. “It’s like putting a size 12
foot into a size 7 shoe.”