Diggin' Life on the Shores of Ohio
This is what happens when someone who doesnt understand transportation tries to take over a company they have no experience or knowledge about. Not every business fits into a formula. I feel for the employees who have been with Topeka Transfer most of their lives. This is a disrespect by George Hersh to the hard working men and women of Topeka Transfer and Storage.
What this man has done to the employees is the most pathetic, greedy piece of garbage I have ever had happen to me. Old man Hersh will be accountable one day....I wish I could see him, his condo in California, his cars and money all fall into the pits of hell. Had the nerve to call Sports and tell them not to let customers get their stuff unless they had paid their bills...WHAT A JOKE!....I put in 60 hours last week...was the money in my account this morning?NO WAY!!!! I can't even believe I gave six years of my life to this low life piece of crap and his company.
Topeka wasn't the only company that shut down, and it's employees need to stop acting like it was. It happens! The worst thing you all can do is continue to act like George attacked each of you on a personal level. Realize that, as selfish as it sounds, none of us were on Georges mind while all of this was going on.
personally I have never worked with a better group of people the the folks at Cap City and Topeka Transfer, JoAnna, Clark, Bob, Phyllis, Were great to work with I hope that All of us may return to our jobs. Peace to all of you put out by this
I feel for everyone involved, Mr. Hersh especially. He has lost his dignity and self respect. Imagine being in his shoes, if he could of paid to get those drivers back, don't you think he would of? The banks probably cut off his personal accounts as well. He's not only going without a check he's going without his home and everything he's worked for. He risked his livelihood to put food on his employees tables.... I understand what you all are going through, trust me. April 24, 2010 I watched the trucking company I was working for auction off everything that was left to cover the rest of the companys payables. Not a dime was left to go to him or to his family. He made sure that every penny owed to payroll from bounced paychecks was paid first. The owner was at his all time low. He was emasculated, he felt like he had failed himself, his family and all those he employed. Months prior to the auction we struggled to keep the trucks moving. Like every fleet owner, times are tough. Increased fuel taxes, fuel costs, regulations, supplies/ equipment, insurance (workers compensation, health, truckers, warehouseman, property, freight), etc. I'm sure you owner operators understand and have had to adjust to a pay cut per mile on your loads. When loads don't pay like they use to, increased costs, banks resisting to give lines of credit, and stricter financing requirements, it makes it quite challenging to stay afloat.15 years ago a business owner could transfer lines of credit in large amounts with few questions asked. Nowadays, you have to have cash... assets don't matter. It's difficult to operate a trucking company on cash, if not nearly impossible. I don't know Mr. Hersh so I can't argue with the statements made about him being pathetic or selfish. If he is those things than hopefully this will humble him. I just don't believe that he purposely put anyone in the situation to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without fuel or money while he sat back at his vacation house without a worry. I'm sorry this happened to you. It gets better and there are plenty of other companies out there hiring. I was able to pick up and move on. The owner of the company I worked for is still paying off debt from his trucking company. He's almost 60 and has no retirement... only debt he will have to work off the rest of his years of living.
Can't believe this story. Companies should have to give you insurance (like a plane/bus fare ticket home) kind of thing if this is really happening.
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