I spent money out of my pocket to travel to Sunnyvale (DFW area) TX. for a week of orientation. I spent even more on the Motel room for 6 nights. After which I was assigned a truck and dispatched on a load. And so it went, load and deliver over and over. This went on for three weeks until I found myself 40 miles from home with an empty trailer and no pre-plan for a load. With this knowledge at hand I informed Melton that I was going home to renew my CDL because it expired at the end of the month. I also needed more clothing and other necessities for life on the road.
The Melton folks went ballistic, telling me I CAN'T go home because I hadn't requested home time a week in advance, they also stated that I was pre-planned on a load, even though there was no such pre-plan on the Qualcomm!
I headed home to renew the CDL, I wasn't about to put myself at the mercy of Melton's dispatchers to get me back home in time to renew before the expiration date. Two hours later a pre-plan arrives on the Qualcomm. The load was already loaded and sitting at the El Paso, TX terminal along with 4 or 5 other drivers waiting on a load!
On top of this, the load had NO delivery date or time scheduled! This was on a Friday, it wasn't going to be delivered Saturday so that meant Monday at the earliest. I had plenty of time to take care of my business and still make a Monday delivery. That wasn't good enough for the Melton dispatchers, they felt the need to impose their will upon me, barking orders and making threats!
There is an option whether to accept a load or refuse it on the Qualcomm. I sent a message turning down the load! They kept on trying to force me to take it! It was at this point that I quit! I heard nothing further, although they had two phone numbers for me, there was no communication!
Monday morning October 8 rolls around and there is a message, NO PHONE CALL, on the Qualcomm ordering me to take the truck/trailer to the ElPaso, TX terminal and turn it in. I had no problem with this at all. My Brother and his wife and my Mother followed me to the terminal. Meltons employee and I did and inventory on the truck and accessories and all was satisfactory. It wasn't until I received my last check that I discovered that Melton had embezzled $759.60 from me calling it a "truck recovery fee".
I called them, wrote two letters to them, all attempts at restoring legality were ignored! By this time I was already working for an HONEST company and pretty much shrugged of the Melton experience as a terrible mistake. Until I discovered that they are SLANDERING my good name by lying to prospective employers! I simply will not tolerate this behavior!
Las Cruces, New Mexico