This message was posted on a Facebook page I belong to. It enraged me so I chose to look up her name and write her myself.
Here is my mesaage to her:
I saw your post regarding truck drivers in the WalMart parkinglots and as the wife of a truck driver (as well as a passenger) I felt the need to defend this profession. We delivered the goods to Walmart while working for them and now work on a different fleet and if we need to purchase food after 11 hours of driving and a place to stay, WalMart offers this (not all WalMarts allow other companies to park in their parkinglots but I am thankful for the ones who do. And, just because a truck doesn’t say WalMart doesn’t mean they aren’t carrying supplies to WalMart distribution centers. Not all truck drivers are nasty people who litter WalMart parking lots (and really, I have seen WalMart patrons leave the rest rooms and shopping carts far dirtier than any trucker has left a parking lot), most simply need a place to park to sleep for 8 hours so they can be back on the road to deliver all of the things you (obviously so narrow mindedly) need to live. Do you go to WalMart to hang out in the parking lot or do you go inside to shop? Yeah, I thought so, you go inside and only briefly see these trucks for a few moments when walking back to your vehicle. And would you rather see the sides of your highways obstructed by semi trucks because they ran out of time to make it to one of the very few and far between rest areas or truck stops? That is far more dangerous than the end of a WalMart parkinglot. I feel sorry that you don’t know how much truckers do and sacrifice in their own lives for consumers. Hope you get the opportunity to expand your mind and rethink who you’re speaking ill of! And by the way, Sam Walton was a huge advocate for truck drivers so you may just be barking up the wrong tree!
I see conversations and complaints like this one on a daily basis and I am beyond sickened from them. Yes, there are gross drivers or there, but we have seen or die share of average customers/people at rest stops or truck stops who are far more disgusting and trashy. I can’t say this enough: truck drivers sacrifice so much and move the goods we all need to live and yet they are being chastised for the few that do terrible things.