I wanted to add to all the complaints about this company. I attended the "school" in St. Louis Mo. 5 years ago. It only took seeing the hotel that was to be my living arrangements for the next 3 weeks to realize that I was making a mistake. The hotel, which is of course on the Illinois side of St. Louis or as some may be more familiar with East St. Louis, was a complete dump. I walked into what you would I suppose call a lobby which was nothing more than a shack with a telephone to ring the staff, you know so they can take your bags, show you to your room and point out all the amenities. Not really it was to wake up the people who also live there so they can grunt at you and point you to your cell, not that youll be able to see it because despite the well known crime problems of that area they didnt have lights outside. So I make it to my room and find that one of the included amenities must be my very own critter farm, or at least the feces that those critters leave behind...NEAT! Also I am excited to meet my roommate as we probably share a lot in common. See I was in the mortgage business (yeah I was involved in creating this mess we are in today) and saw the writing on the wall that the financial industry was about to collapse, so I needed a way out quickly-certainly my new roomy would be of similar fate. Not so much on this account either. This was a man of very few words, and not because he just liked to keep to himself, more like his vocabulary was limited to very few words. "yeah" was a word that he seemed to know very well and repeated constantly for no reason at all....even in his sleep. Ahh sleep, something I didnt get to enjoy as "yeah" man was also a very loud snorer...and because the residents/staff decided one of the necessary corners to cut in providing all the other luxuries, was heat.
I was able to get this corrected though as I learned another student was very upset with the living conditions as well, and we both went to talk to director. He was very understanding which led me to believe he knew exactly how bad it was, but still continued to do business with this motel. Overall I actually really enjoyed the staff, and I am very bad with names so I am drawing blank on all of them except the instructor my group was assigned to. Jack was a character and one example of this is when we were out in the road truck for the first time- now obviously this is kinda rough for anyone that hasn't driven one of these beasts before and that was the case for all 3 of us in the truck with Jack. While teaching us how to start, stop, and double clutch, Jack decided he needed to attend to some oral hygiene and proceeded to clean his teeth with a pocket knife while I was attempting to start moving from an incline.
This however is also where further problems started to arise. 3 students one instructor (who again is a great guy), and very little time to prepare us for driving a big rig. This is a problem even if everyone of is a quick to learn, but you add in an inbred with absolutely no coordination or rhythm to speak of and youre running the danger of having three students that can't drive at all. Randy was a good kid, and probably fit the stereotype of a trucker better than any of students at that school, but this kid was lacking any kind of foot, hand coordination- like if someone said you have to move your arms when you walk he wouldve kicked himself in the back of the head and fell over. A lot of time to was given to Randy as to be expected and its nice they tried so hard to make him succeed but this came at the cost of other students. Randy wasnt the exclusive example just the worst or the best however you want to look at it and rest easy he was asked to leave the school, so my guess is he is not out on the road behind the wheel of a car crushing family killing behemoth.
I met a couple other great guys and we noticed that the staff was very attentive to slow learners, but we received very little time behind the wheel and I have no problem going under oath and letting it be known that hours were faked. In fact I didnt receive any training in the yard other than straight line backing until the day before the test. I did fine, and was able to go take my final test. Well guess where the 3 of us that received such little training were taken to test? Thats right Sikeston- You may have heard that name come up for being involved in a license for bribe scandal involving good old C1 Driver Solutions. There is no way I passed that d**n road test, I know this because the trailer left the road....but guess what little cricket did for me? Pass-CDL-Congratulations!
USA TRUCKING? They might be almost as big of a joke. Driver training involves being locked in a cab with some schlub for 1 month straight (oh they told you youd get to come home? WRONG!). This is the straw that broke Josh Camels back.....see its good to be a trainer not because you get some company, and get to help someone out with a new career. No its good because you can run almost non stop. My trainer drove till time was up then put me behind the wheel and went to sleep. At one point while in a mountain area I was put behind the wheel at night and told " if you get going too fast down hill flip this switch, and if you start lagging going up go ahead and down shift. Im going to sleep". This is training? This is not what was promised to me. I didnt break a contract-they broke the contract from jump.
You will not get a dime from me. Letters with bold type words like wage garnishment, frozen assests, appear in court, failure to appear, contempt citation, body attachment and finally the biggest example of your fraudulent activity Warrant for your Arrest (exactly as written, warrant was capitalized even though it was in the middle of the sentence along with arrest. Scary...) Brian Alsip I know youre just doing your job buddy, but seriously your company is digging a hole here and I am just about to give you a nudge. Ive got a bad back so I wont be throwing the dirt on, but I might know an AaL that can.
Let me be clear. You will not receive a dime from me. Your company and its affiliates broke the contract and therefore no longer held me liable. I did not receive the training promised, nor was I told the truth about my CDL and its being issued in MO. I live in Illinois...a MO. license did me no good at all and your company lied to me about that. All this on top of the fact that I have information in regards to behind the wheel hours being forged and at least 2 witnesses to that. If I receive another letter of this threatening nature I will organize via social networking to expose C1 Driver Solutions as the scamming loan sharks they are. Seriously $10,000+? That is one h**l of an investment. $3000 to $5000 to $10,000 in five years? Brian I dont know if you have visited the property in St. Louis but I am fairly confident I could purchase it for under $10,000, even with the dollar being weak.
Anyone reading this that is ready to organize and stand up for your rights can contact me at C1DriverSolutionsFraud@Gmail.com and let me know how this company lied to you. Obviously someone has some delusions of grandeur after seeing the success of the banking industry and the stealing of American's money, but you got in over your head this time. SEND ANOTHER LETTER!