In the trucking business drivers and mechanics often have (true) stories to tell about each other. These two are about a comany I drove for for `7 tears.
A road driver left our Buffalo area terminal , stopped a mile away and called in and said his trailer was leaning over so badly thet he thought it was going to tip over. This was in the days before cell phones and he had to get out of the tractor and walk to a phone. When the mechanic got there he could see nothing wrong, he went under the trailer and stii l saw nothing wrong. Her said to the driver, this trailer is not leaning,. The driver replied. Oh yeah, just get up in the cab and look in the mirror!
I wrote up my tractor that had air wipers that ran off the same tanks as the air brakes because the drivers side wiper had stopped working. The next day when I got in my tractor, it would not start, when I turned the key-nothing. The write up on the wipers had been signed off by the shop meaning it had been repaired. The night shift mechanics were still there when I went in the shop. When I told them it wouldn’t start, they said, it wouldn’t start last night so we charged the tanks so we could fix the wiper.
When I asked why they didn’t fix the starting problem, they said I didn’t write up the starting problem!
One of my favorite stories involved a friend of mine. We had both worked at a company the had gone out of business. He had gone to work at Consolidated Freightways, the largest trucking in the country at the time. I stopped in PA and had coffee with some CF drivers and inquired about him. One of them said, Oh, he got fired. When I asked why he said. Bob called in from out west that he couldn’t go any further,all the lights were out on the right side of his trailers. Because he was a long way from a terminal, they asked if he was near a truck stop.Bob said he was calling from a truck stop but they couldn’t fix his trailer lights. When the dispatcher asked why the couldnt fix his trailer lights,Bob said, well, the trailers are laying on them.