I worked for Yildiz Warren
of R & W Transportation
in Austell, GA - USDOT# 1748828 for 4 months which felt like 4 years. I quit on 09/03/2012 I'd like to recount my ordeal with this Harpy here.
These are the events that caused me to quit. I withstood verbal abuse from Yildiz Warren, ran illegally (mostly willingly I admit), and was lied to about fuel bonuses, tricked out of pay and eventually had the Atlanta Police called on me. And it doesn't end there.
What I speak of here occurred after Produce season (EAST COAST) had ended, so the scheduling of runs 3-deep had ended. During Produce Season she schedules loads in advance, 3 days in advance. She was gracious in that she'd leave her drivers 4 hours of break time per 24 hours... when the Great god Greed allowed her to do so.
I had driven from Toughkenamon, PA to Commerce, GA in one shot. I drove illegally and I know and admit it. That's the way its done at R&W, and I knew that when I started.
When I got to Commerce, GA, I stopped. I was 90 mins away from delivery (Fresh Express Atlanta in Morrow, GA) and had plenty of time to do laundry, take a shower and complete paperwork. That is, until the reefer unit stopped. It wouldn't start. I'd called Yildiz Warren and told her what had happened and then called "Mark" a reefer Tech that had helped us out before. Yildiz Warren knew that there was a problem with the reefer unit since 08/29/2012 when I picked up a load at TYSON (aka Sanford Mexican Original -1800 E Main St - Sanford, NC 27332). When I first spoke with "Mark", he advised bridging terminals on the starter which had worked... on 08/29/2012.
She had hired a new driver, some imbecile named Randi with an alleged 30 yrs experience pulling reefer. She put this idiot on the phone and he's doing his best to impress his new boss,
claiming that the reefer shut down because there wasn't enough oil. It was code 31
(Thermo King - Check Oil Pressure Switch) that popped up on the reefer, and I'd told Mark - the actual and Certified Reefer Tech about all codes that popped up including this one. So this joker Randi tells me that I don't have enough oil in the reefer unit because code 31 came up. Mind you, I had added oil on 08/29/2012 - and the unit was 1/8 of an inch below full on oil. This 30 yr veteran "truck driver" claimed that being 1/8th of an inch from full on the oil dipstick was what caused the unit to shut off. If you've pulled a reefer for a week or more, you know thats a G*d-damned lie.
Yildiz Warren has never driven a truck, does not drive a truck and cannot drive a truck - she zips around in a silver corvette and rear-ends people in broad daylight...she can barely drive a car. When it comes to trucks she is reliant upon what she's told by "friends". Well, this 'friend' Randi had told her and myself a fat lie. Mark had said that that was a lie - a reefer unit won't shut-off due to oil level unless its at half or below. Nathan, the technician who finally got it started (from Turbo Truck Center in Gainesville GA) also agreed that what Randi had said was a lie. Yildiz Warren ignored the advice of two certified technicians and believed her new driver Randi. How stupid can someone be?
Even though two certified technicians had advised her that the problem wasn't due to oil level, but rather a bad oil sensor and blown fuse, she believes an idiot that she met online and hired. Unbelievable. The whole breakdown wasted 5 hours of time - she didn't want to pay after-hours rates but eventually had to because there was a temperature recorder on the load. Dealing with him wasted 30 minutes of my time. I put off doing the paperwork in favor of sleep. Big mistake.
Yildiz had agreed to get her paperwork on Monday evening, but then - as usual - changed up and demanded it immediately. I had 5 hrs of unpaid time wasted dealing with her reefer unit and I had driven over 750 miles in one day for this creature to demand paperwork from me without giving me a chance to complete it. After she demanded her paperwork immediately, I just gave up. I had a 3rd degree burn on my arm from the exhaust stack, had been working on a reefer for 2+ hrs, had been econd-guessed by an idiot, and I was tired. I left her keys at the front desk of the hotel, so no one could steal the truck, and left the paperwork in the truck itself.
Well, 4 hrs after picking up the truck, she comes back to my hotel with the Police, demanding BOLs I'd already given her. I emptied every bag Ihad and my briefcase - going page by page of every piece of paper I'd had in my possession so the Officers could see that I didn't have any BOLs for her company. No BOLs. Why? Because the she likely threw themout when she cleaned the truck. She has a few personality disorders (not a joke and no ones perfect) and one of them is a weird thing about Other People's cleanliness..she wants the truck spotless at all times.
Irun hard when I can, because I see truck diving as a paycheck - not a lifestyle, and the truck is a tool, not a "home". We had had confrontations about what constituted clean before and she had suggestedthat she clean the truck and I pay her $150...well I paid the $150, butin a month and a half she never cleaned the truck. Did I leave a mess when I left? You bet. A $150 mess. No bodily fluids or crap like that, just a mess.
When she threw out 8 alleged bags of trash (must have been small bags) I think she threw her BOLs out too. Either that or Randi / "Captain 1/8th" chucked'em. Thing is, she has you sign a document stating that you can't be paid wages owed unless paperwork is turned-in and complete. So if she claims that she never got the BOLs (and why would it take 4 and a half hrs to realize this?) then she doesn't have to pay. Filing a Police Report makes it look more "official" - just in case you have an uppity driver.
She has had drivers steal fuel from her, she has had drivers pull guns on her (Dennis of TN). She has had drivers abandon her truck and trailer. She has had drivers intentionally withhold BOLs from her. I did none of the above, but she called the Atlanta Police on me.
NOW FOR THE GOOD PART
Even after manipulating the Police (she claims that she lots of 'cop friends') and wasting their time in a city like Atlanta, Ga - Yildiz just isn't happy.
So she filed an "Application for Criminal Warrant" against me for her lost BOLs claiming "theft by conversion". You may never have heard of such a stupid thing, but its real. Georgia allows its citizens, even after the Police have come out and determined that nothing criminal has occurred, to request the arrest of an individual for a percieved wrong. As retarded as it sounds its true. And if you don't show up, a warrant can (likely will ) be issued for your arrest. Imagine that, cruising along, DOT inspection in Bunghole, USA and they decide to run a criminal check. Now, you're arrested for something that you never did.
So I have to show up at court to state the same thing that the Police put in their report (12-247-2002-00). I have to face this rat-like creature and her "witnesses". Yeah, I know, she's already twisted the law and probaly does know a few cops...but if I don't nip this is in the bud, I suffer later. This thing (Yildiz) is as crooked as they come. But she'll talk about God and honesty. Her God isn't Allah, its Moo-lah. And she'll do anything for it. She has ridiculous self-esteem, and really thinks she's some kind of celebrity. If you can't achieve it it, just believe it I guess. If you want "to get with her", she charges half your paycheck - this is according to her. I didn't think a grey-toothed (literally grey teeth as in rotting teeth), tattooed and sagging 45 yr-old worth $50 let alone half my paycheck. But maybe someone out there did.
She is a poster child for Bitter Woman Syndrome. Everyone else is bad - Evil incarnate - but she's purer than Christ. Thats why she lost 6 drivers in 4 months running only 2 trucks. I was in one of them for that whole time. She insults her drivers by insulting their masculinity (it ain't easy driving a pink truck as it is) "be a real man and suck it up - stop whining", and thinks herself to be superior in intelligence and all things relative to all people. A little money can screw up a small mind.
When all's well, she'll pay you. When things get tight (because Produce season doesn't last forever) she'll try to run you 400+ miles of DH and won't pay a dime. She wants you to pretend its your own truck, cut corners at every turn, and F--k you if you get hurt or caught by DOT. She's a piece of work - in the way a constipated dog's doodie is a piece of work. And if the women in from Turkey are like her, I can almost understand why the guys from her hometown Izmir, Turkey do things like this.
Don't let this woman play you, and lie to you to use your sympathy...her abuse and rape stories (why would you tell these things to someone that you had just met?) change every time she tells them. Just stay away from her and let her destroy herself. 4 months, and the nightmare's over. I never should have waited so long.