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What a cry baby

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by grandview, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I would get him again just for fun!;)


    While local authorities still debate whether last Thursday’s frozen gridlock should be blamed on human incompetence or on a vengeful God, I have a message for the state’s 4,000-plus snowplow drivers.

    I hate you.

    And I hate all you private contractors with plows on your landscaping trucks, too.

    Not daring to ask my boss if I was an “essential” or a “nonessential” employee, I took off after lunch during the 8-inch snowstorm to join the commuter exodus. Moving only 300 yards in 30 minutes, I did a U-turn and chained myself to my desk. My productivity skyrocketed. In the next five hours, with no phones ringing or co-workers yakking, I accomplished about a week’s worth of work.

    Straying out alone into the parking lot tundra at 10 p.m., I received my reward.

    Ever play that classic Milton Bradley game, “Don’t Break The Ice?”

    My snowbound car was packed more tightly than those plastic cubes. The snowplow driver, who was scraping up the last bits of frost on the opposite end of the office park, giddily scooted over to enlarge my shadow with his headlights.

    “You’re OK to get outta here, aren’t ya?” he snarled, admiring his freshly built snow fort.

    Naively believing that he was concerned I was trapped, I asked him if he had a shovel to help dig me out. He didn’t.

    I grunted that I would be fine and waved him off. My natural impulse was to swear at him, but he looked like the kind of seedy character who picks his teeth with a crowbar.

    Burrowing into my mid-sized Honda, I was able to rock back and forth between first gear and reverse to burst through the snow wall. On my way home, I met his state-sponsored brethren. Plows on a fleet of ginormous dump trucks scraped pavement to my left and right, making me feel like a Pop Warner quarterback rushing against the New England Patriots [team stats] defensive line.

    There was certainly nothing unique about last Thursday night’s precarious commute home. But it’s amazing there aren’t a handful of snowplow beheadings in Massachusetts every time there is a storm.

    My employer later told me that the parking lot plow guy technically had “the right” to box me in ice. He said that our company lease includes language banning all vehicles from the property overnight and during snow emergencies. I’m guessing the lease also includes a clause allowing plow drivers to act like vindictive schmucks.

    Maybe I’m the buffoon. Maybe my snow removal nemesis just complained about me on his snowplow blog. But I maintain there is a major manners deficit in the plowing profession. I call on Gov. Deval Patrick to introduce a mandatory snowstorm etiquette seminar for the Massachusetts Highway Department.

    If the state refuses to insist on good manners, then I’d like to make a personal plea to the inner goodness of every plow-wielding soul from Billerica to Boston.

    The next time you trap me or almost kill me, how about a wave and a smile?


    Darren Garnick’s “The Working Stiff” column runs every Wednesday in the Boston Herald. For an extra helping of “The Working Stiff,” visit http://news.bostonherald.com/blogs/workingStiff/

    Wednesday, December 19, 2007
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,592

    will a.....;) ,, &,a,:waving:,,,,, do....?:D
     
  3. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Couldn't have been to bad.

    He rocked it out without a shovel.

    Sounds like the plow guy deserves a tip if you ask me.
     
  4. MOWBIZZ

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Yup...

    Sounds like a typical ( I would say "Masshole" but I have too much respect for my fellow Mass plowers to say this!!!)

    Maybe he should get out of the snow and move to hollywood and become a writer...he has a great writing style...

    And yes he is definitely a crybaby...LOL
     
  5. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    ROFLMA too funny
     
  6. firelwn82

    firelwn82 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,862

    Ummmmm Yeah what a putts. Snow happens and so does ****. But here is your :D and :waving:
     
  7. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    hahahahaha.....you know someone on here probably did
     
  8. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    He is d@mn lucky that i wasn't plowing the lot. He wouldn't have got his rice burner out.
     
  9. 03SuperCrew330

    03SuperCrew330 Member
    Messages: 72

    I wish I knew where he lived...I would make sure he had an even harder time getting out of his driveway wesport
     
  10. Scottscape

    Scottscape Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    he better hope that plow guy isn't one of our members :nod:
     
  11. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

  12. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

  13. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Thats what I was thinking. This is the same guy that would be bitching if the plows hadn't been though the parking lot or roadway.
     
  14. MassSteelerfan

    MassSteelerfan Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 19

    How about not trying to be the HERO at work and just stay home the next time they forecast snow. Believe me, I can only speak for myself but, as a plow driver I'd wish you would all get out of the way, and stay off the road.
     
  15. NLS1

    NLS1 Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    In the next five hours, with no phones ringing or co-workers yakking, I accomplished about a week’s worth of work.


    There you have it, shows his work ethic. Five hours now into a weeks work, what a winner!
    And he asked to borrow a shovel from the plow guy? There's a real man for ya!
    Steps into his midsized Honda? Wow no wonder he's mad at the world, I'd be cranky if I drove one of those too.


    Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!!:redbounce:redbounce:redbounce

    Wednesday, December 19, 2007[/QUOTE]
     
  16. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,302

    Last vehicle I buried was a Dodge Caravan. When done, you could see about 3 inches of the radio antenna above the snow. Just to let you know. This vehicle was left in the lot with no lisence plate or note. I think they finally got it out in March.
     
  17. oakvillerex

    oakvillerex Member
    Messages: 65

    i would have barried that car so he couldn't see it if i was that contractor. if the contract says empty parking lot than that is what is supposed to be.

    anyways Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all of you and be safe

    Jeff Salt
     
  18. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    just one more thing that is giving people that plow snow a bad rep like they are lower than dirt.
    and there are a few bad apples that deserve to have the rep, unfortunatley..
     
  19. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Well all i have to say about this is, people should really learn how to drive or use common sense that if a guy in a 4x4 2500hd with a plow on it is having trouble going 10-15 mph up a steep hill on Rt. 9 in Worcester, then your Kia is more than likely not going to make it....thus is why you pull into McDonalds, iHOP , somewhere and wait. But if there were more people like this guy there would have been no crazy gridlock in traffic on the pike, 495, 290, 128 or anywhere in Central to Eastern Mass....if traffic isn't moving neither are the plows...on the other hand, seriously if his "mid-sized honda" made it though the "snow fort", the guy didnt do a very good job burying it hahahahaha
     
  20. MassSteelerfan

    MassSteelerfan Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 19

    I agree with you, alot of people have said stuff about the plows not doing there job, and i respond by saying, if traffic is not moving then the plows are not moving either, you can't have it both ways, and that's why I say stay at home if you don't seriously need to be at work.