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I thought this was funny. But Jim was genuinely concerned.

We were getting ready to pick up a load in Memphis, TN. Now I don’t consider it a particularly hostile city. However, there have been enough thefts of cargo and other issues, that Prime has asked us not to spend anymore amounts of time there than needed. We stopped to get some fuel before picking up our load. Jim filled one fuel tank and topped off the reefer tank. Then he signaled for me to pull up. We do this out of courtesy, pulling ahead a trucks length so the truck behind us can get fuel while we are getting the receipt from inside. Well, I knew we would be waiting there for about half an hour, so I thought it would be helpful if I just drove around and parked the truck…….trying to be a good co-driver. I backed into a spot, got my container of yogurt out of the fridge and while having breakfast, headed into the truckstop to let Jim know where I was. I was surprised he didn’t meet me half way. Then I saw him heading back into the truckstop from the fuel island. Huh? I guess he didn’t see me. Finally I walked into the truckstop to see Jim getting ready to buy something from the cashier. He saw me, changed him mind and came towards me. “Where did you go?” he asked. He face was a bit grey. I told him I parked the truck. He feared I had been kidnapped and the truck taken. I laughed! But he was dead serious! “I went back,” Jim said, “and the truck was gone. If someone hijacked it, I hoped you had enough sense to jump out.” “And let them have my truck!!!!!!!!!!” I exclaimed. “Well, I guess that answered that question.” Jim said. True, I didn’t tell him I was parking the truck. No, I don’t do that very often. I don’t know, I just thought it would be helpful! Jim didn’t have his cell phone with him and was just about to buy a calling card. He was going to call my cell phone. If I had not answered he was going to call 911. Well, it was a good thing I walked in when I did. Because I just happened to NOT have my cell phone with me while walking into the truckstop! Wouldn’t that have been something! It took him a while to calm down. He REALLY thought me and the truck were gone. I promised to never park the truck again without letting him know and assured him if someone tried to hijack MY truck they would be in for a world of hurt.



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