Trainees gone wild
This is not from my own experience but from my father who is a pretty honest man. He has driven a truck for about 20 years now and always has plenty of good stories.
At one time he was a trainer and had been assigned his first trainee. He said she was about 40 years old and seemed like a nice, sensible, normal woman.
They had pulled into a truck stop to shower and eat. The lady went in to shower and what not, my father did the same, and when he returned to the truck he went right to sleep. When he woke up, he noticed the woman was out of her bunk and nowhere to be found. He called his dispatch and explained to them that she was missing and was causing him to be late, and that she had probably walked off the job.
Walking back to the truck, he noticed that she’d returned, and to his surprise she was sitting outside of the truck behind the sleeper, butt naked, with a large knife stabbing a TEDDY BEAR! Over and over, she was whispering something to herself that he could not make out.
Dad immediately went back to the phone and called the company and told him the situation. They told him to just bring her back to the main terminal and they would deal with it there. Yeah, right! Dad told them, “I don’t think so, what if she thinks I’m the teddy bear!”
He left her there, returned the truck and went to another company never to return.
Young Truck (Driver in Training)
OK, back to your dad’s story. We’ve all heard stories of crazy trainers and even crazier trainees, but this one just might take the cake. No doubt your dad made the right call by leaving this “nice, normal” yet incredibly messed-up woman at the truck stop, otherwise his story might have served as the plot line for yet another Hollywood “bunny boiler” film.
Yikes! I just had a flashback to the 1971 movie “Play Misty For Me,” a thriller starring (and directed by) Clint Eastwood. Jessica Walter, playing a knife-wielding nutcase named Evelyn, gave new meaning to the word “creepy” and launched a dozen other knock-off flicks of girls gone wild in a teddy-bear-stabbing, bunny-boiling sort of way (can you say “Fatal Attraction”?).
Quick sidebar: Actress Glenn Close, who starred as the “bunny boiler” stalker of Michael Douglas in the 1987 “Fatal” flick, years later said that her character not only scared the hell out of countless husbands, but it probably saved an equal number of marriages. I believe she was right.
Murphy and Lucky Dog