PTL

by Mickey D Damron
(Elkhorn City,Ky)

I am a OTR Driver with 10+ years experience without any accidents or tickets(knock on wood!) But in May of 2003 I made a very grave mistake and was convicted of a class D Felony.I ended up serving 3 years in the Ky state prison system.

Since being released and having completed all restrictions without problems,I have decided to go back to the industry I love,Trucking. I have put over 200 applications in online and in person. Finally the brake I had been looking for came my way from a company called PTL located in Murray,Ky.

During my phone interview I did discuss the circumstances of my conviction and was told there was no problem.During the orientation process in Murray I was interviewed about my felony conviction and again was reassured that there was no problem with my conviction.

After completing orientation I was assigned a truck with trailer and load. Off I went!! Man was I happy to be back doing what I love to do.

Two weeks went by,with me hauling 14 loads. All loads where picked up on time and delivered on time(most where delivered early!) I had no incidents what so ever. I even got DOT'd on I-71 in Ohio with no problems. My fleet manager was very pleased with the work I was doing and was eager to assign me my next load. The log department had no problems with any of my logs,and the payroll and billing department had no problems with any of my other paperwork.

Two weeks into my new job I was routed to Murray and instructed to report to the safety department. After sitting in the lounge for what seemed a eternity I was finally called back to the office. When I sat down I was informed that my services where no longer needed and that I would be put on a Greyhound and sent home.



Of course I asked why.The only reason they would give me was....The Kentucky Right to Work act and they could terminate me without cause anytime they wanted. I asked them point blank if this was due to my felony,and their answer was....The Ky Right to Work Act is all we have to tell you. My hopes and dreams had been crushed. I feel that I was terminated due to my felony conviction.
What I don't understand is why they would go through all the expense of transporting me there,interviewing me on at least 3 different occasions,and assigning me a truck. This was a very expensive proposition not only for PTL but for myself and family as well. Why go through the entire process of hiring me,and turn around and fire me without good cause??

So now I'm back to hammering out applications and being turned down everywhere I look.But I will hang in there,and I will continue to hope and pray that someone out there will give me and my family a second chance. Now I know some of you out there are saying to yourself 'well this driver must have lied on his application'. No,I did not. I was upfront about my conviction,and very open about all the circumstances. I continue to be upfront and open about my circumstances,to do other wise is a felony in itself.

Every company out there wants to hire me until they get to the part about any felony convictions. So to all of you out there trying to rebuild your life after making a mistake,beware of PTL and keep up the good fight.

We all will find a carrier to call home when God and our faith in HIM is ready for us to move on.God bless all you drivers and your families out there and be safe and keep it between the lines.

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Nov 19, 2014
I am praying for you too NEW
by: Anonymous

You sound like a man who would stand up for his family, and what is right. I too know the pain of being terminated from a "Dream", I had been with a trucking company only 11 months as a newbie, I had 3 minor incidents, none DOT recordable, but I reported them to safety like I was supposed to do, and then I received a parking citation for parking on the on-ramp to go to the bathroom. I was in between truck stops, and had no choice.
I was then called after 10 more days of driving to be let go for company policy, for parking on roadway without an emergency.
Please hang in there, and May God Bless you and your family with all you need and want... In Him

Nov 27, 2013
going down NEW
by: Anonymous

putting the fbi on them their going down

Nov 27, 2013
going down NEW
by: Anonymous

png downutting the fbi on them their going down

Jan 03, 2013
Mickey NEW
by: Larry

Mickey, maybe you should have put with whom you work for others out there who may find themselves in a similar situation.

Oct 12, 2012
PTL Lies NEW
by: Tammy

This doesn't surprise me about the company PTL. My boyfriend was working for them up until today he was given a new Truck made his deliveries tollerated sitting out with no delivery appointment until Monday. Making sure he was getting loads where he couldn't get decent miles also hurt and alot of sitting time .After now being out 7 1/2 weeks going on 8 wks he requested a month ago Home time for NY. so he could stand up for his brother's Wedding tomorrow & as of today they got him to Murray,KY. only to tell him you are Terminated clean out the Truck & get yourself a Rental Car . After begging & pleadingg he finally got 1 week of 3100 miles since he got a female dispatcher .

Oct 12, 2012
PTL Lies NEW
by: Tammy

This doesn't surprise me about the company PTL. My boyfriend was working for them up until today he was given a new Truck made his deliveries tollerated sitting out with no delivery appointment until Monday. Making sure he was getting loads where he couldn't get decent miles also hurt and alot of sitting time .After now being out 7 1/2 weeks going on 8 wks he requested a month ago Home time for NY. so he could stand up for his brother's Wedding tomorrow & as of today they got him to Murray,KY. only to tell him you are Terminated clean out the Truck & get yourself a Rental Car . After begging & pleadingg he finally got 1 week of 3100 miles since he got a female dispatcher .

Oct 17, 2010
Thank You!!
by: Mickey

THANK YOU for the positive thoughts and encourgement. I am happy to say that I am back on the road doing what I love. So far, so good. It took me awhile to find something again, over a month, but I kept plugging at it. Again, I was upfront about my past conviction. I finally found a company that was more interested in my safety record, driving record, employment history, etc. than my felony conviction. So with the support of God,family, friends, and all the positive feedback I have recieved online, I'm back on my way to supporting my family, and I'm doing it in the industry that I truly love, TRUCKING!! Again thank you for the positive feedback.Be safe out there and keep it between the lines!! God Bless you and yours!!!

Aug 19, 2010
Dissapointment
by: Hervy

Mickey, I know that must have been pretty disappointing man just when it seem that things were going well and someone pulls the plug.

You seem to understand though to keep at it and not give in. Other opportunities will come.

As far as PTL, I don't know if it is fair to say beware of PTL. Like you said that was a costly situation that occurred, I am sure the only let you go because they had to based on their insurance or something.

The guy that let you go forward probably thought that you would be okay until he talked to someone else with more authority.

As you know now a days people will sue for anything and companies do things proactively in many cases to keep from being vulnerable to suits.

say something happened involving you. The attorney for the other people will dig up anything they can and say what happened had something to do with your past, true or not and then the company has to defend hiring you and so forth.

So they probably went down that long list of what ifs and just decided not to take the risk.

I am sure something will come up for you if you keep looking the way you are doing.

How you and the fam are able to get some relief soon.

Hervy

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