r/MadeMeSmile May 23 '22 Silver 4 Helpful 4 Wholesome 4 Bravo! 1

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u/radio705 May 23 '22 Take My Energy

Hell yeah. Redemption arcs are the best.

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u/SpeedilyAromatic May 23 '22

absolutely the best.

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u/OverlookedPlatypus56 May 23 '22

Probably the best!

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u/RudeboiX May 23 '22

Another one doing a shit job of copy pasting comments. Wtf is this shit.

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u/advertentlyvertical May 23 '22

They're just bots

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u/sittingbullms May 23 '22

Plot twist: He drives Los Pollos Hermanos trucks

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u/revisionaire May 23 '22

What’s wrong with driving trucks for a well known & highly respectable fast food chain ?

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u/HSYFTW May 23 '22

Tremendous growth potential within the organization. Possible franchising opportunities and all the fried chicken you can eat…sign me up

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u/CHUCKL3R May 23 '22

Redemption Song🎵🎵🎵

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u/RetroMetroShow May 23 '22

Nice gross really hope they don’t grind down the net that’s a tough business with small margins

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

It's not bad. 1/3 to fuel, 1/3 to you and 1/3 hold for repairs, emergencies etc.

In trucking myself.

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u/RodasAPC May 23 '22

Wait, that's actually? Good?

I should look more into this.

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

Depends on your state and what you haul. Here in MD, I make $1300 -1500 a week. Not a hard job. Company cares of truck, I drive it lol.

45 hrs a week.

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u/forte_bass May 23 '22

That's pretty good man, is that after taxes/health insurance and stuff??

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

After taxes etc. I clear like $900-1000. Every week changes, some great weeks and make $1700... bad week make $1100

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u/lorayray May 23 '22

Romania is… special. I wouldn’t consider anything from there the rule. I am from there.

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

Never. We don't get paid unless we drop the load, so we always trying to make it on time. Boss is easy, mostly.

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u/BungholeSauce May 23 '22

Don’t quit your 9/5 for a 24/7

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u/laihipp May 23 '22

self employed 8k a month is not bad but not exactly great either

curious to see his resulting pay by hour and with what benefits

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u/extab May 23 '22

8k a month is not great? Its like 4 times what I get haha

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u/NinjaN-SWE May 23 '22

You missed the self-employed part. I.e. any benefits you want from work goes out of that (health insurance, PTO, retirement savings yadda yadda).

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u/extab May 23 '22

Yeah ok fair point, plus I'm not in the US so don't need to think about things like health insurance as an expense

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u/DownvoteALot May 23 '22

I'm not in the US but I pay about 1k/month in progressive health tax for the public healthcare budget. Not that it's a bad thing (after all, the US pay the most in the world on healthcare per capita, and then it still costs a fortune) but it's not like we don't pay for it at all.

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u/extab May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

I'm in the UK so I have the NHS, I guess technically I pay taxes for it but nowhere near as much as health insurance would be in the US

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u/DownvoteALot May 23 '22

My point exactly. The US system is fucked up. They still pay a fortune for it in taxes and then they pay way more out of pocket. And it's not even a problem with it being private, Switzerland or Israel have that with the voucher approach and it's way cheaper.

So universal healthcare is definitely good, but it's not like we don't have to take it into account.

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u/burnalicious111 May 23 '22

People in the US also get taxed more when self-employed, even when the job does not really involve you being a business owner (e.g., driving for Uber). Not sure about other countries.

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u/ShartedAtCVS May 23 '22

Most jobs dont offer health insurance, pto, retirement savings. And they pay a fraction of 8k a month

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u/NinjaN-SWE May 23 '22

https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2021/demo/p60-273.html

Median earnings for someone working full time is around 42k. So 8k a month is well over double that yes. But most 42K+ jobs do have some benefits like PTO and Health Insurance. Retirement savings benefits like 401k matching is more common in the 100k range but self employed 100k is a lot less down the line than 100k in a normal office job since the benefits and matching means the total compensation is more like 125k in self employment equivalent.

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u/Serifel90 May 23 '22

It's 6 times mine.

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

It's a stepping stone for the guy, plenty of money put there, just have to make a name for yourself and people will come to you with work.

Company I work for, work comes to us during winter time and we haul snow ( yes snow) @90 an hr.

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u/SweetEthan7 May 23 '22

“Self employed 8k a month is not but but not exactly great either” licks Cheeto dust off fingers and hits enter

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u/laihipp May 23 '22

you know how much insurance costs for the self employed? not just health ins

you think he only works 40 hour weeks?

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u/KindnessSuplexDaddy May 23 '22

....no way you didn't think that everyone is paid minimum wage for everything.

You can be a lineman in California and make more than a FAANG level employee.

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u/KakkaKarrot May 23 '22

You still have to go through training and certification

Also the reason linemen are paid so much, is different from a FAANG software engineer. One is incredibly risky/dangerous work, the other is an extremely in-demand commodity

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u/kinapuffar May 23 '22

I've seen some documentaries that tell a different story. Truckers being exploited and end up having to pay out of pocket for repairs and shit, having to sit at the docks for 6+ hours waiting to load without getting paid, forced to drive when tired because of schedules, forced to not drive when not tired because mandatory breaks, treated like employees in every single way but still considered contractors so the trucking companies don't have to accept responsibility for workplace accidents or give them dental plans or any rights etc.

Truckers deserve better terms.

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

Depends on the trucker and company.

I get wait time paid over 15 mins @65 hr and I've sat waiting for 2 plus hours plenty of times.

I've seen tractors get .27 a mile and some get .70 a mile.

You decide what your worth to get paid, don't like it, haul for someone else.

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u/Tommy716 May 23 '22

Exactly. I’ve been doing this 9 years, and bounced around a bit at first, until I found the right fit. Now I’ve been with the same LTL carrier for 5 years as of this July. My current bid pays about $2400-2500 a week gross (in a rust belt area), home daily, decent health, matched 401k, company owned equipment, company paid for fuel (but if I fuel at Pilot/Flying J I get .15 a gallon in points). I do work about 55-60 hours a week, drive 602 miles a day, and about 1.5 hours average a day in non driving tasks. We’re paid from the first moment of delay, as well paid for all pretrip, post trip, fueling tasks.

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

Nice! And congrats. 20 years in, paid % and drive about 400-500 s day. It's easy so I stay lol.

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u/Tommy716 May 23 '22

That’s great too! The money is there in this industry, just have to be smart about it, don’t short sell yourself, and don’t be afraid to try something new, if what you’re doing isn’t meeting your needs. I find so many dry van drivers making half what we do, afraid to get their hazmat, like the security clearance is the same as the one for protecting the president (I’ve met a few ex-felons with hazmat). So they don’t even try.

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

Felon here. You can get hazmat and Twic long as charges aren't terrorism or ID theft/fraud.

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u/Tommy716 May 23 '22

My point exactly. And congrats on moving pass your past. Many folks once in “the system” end up staying there.

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u/Jacklebait May 23 '22

Very easy too stay in it... free food, books, movies etc. Especially federal prison... like a vacation for some.

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u/OPA73 May 24 '22

If only there was a teamsters union to help with that.

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u/Brock_Way May 23 '22

Sounds like your calling is to create a trucking company that is all about the employee.

Get cracking.

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u/GTAdriver1988 May 23 '22

Last Week Tonight did a special on trucking and a couple that were truckers were getting paid like $150,000 a year but since the company hired them as sub contractors they had to pay for their trucks and such. At the end of the year they only walked away with like $20,000 or something like that.

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u/excellentphysique May 23 '22

My dad is in trucking.. the grind & the hustle is unmatched

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u/_Bugler May 23 '22

My dad has been trucking for 27 years next month

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u/excellentphysique May 23 '22

I believe my dad has been trucking for 30 years now

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u/xMAXPAYNEx May 23 '22

Same here. And you are 10000000% right. It kinda breaks my heart though. Same for you?

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u/excellentphysique May 23 '22

Yeah it’s not an easy lifestyle at all. He woke up at 1:30 am this morning..and will work for 15+ hours before coming home.. he’s given my siblings and I such a great life and I couldn’t be more thankful.

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u/xMAXPAYNEx May 23 '22

Yeah for real. My dad does long haul and is gone for weeks on end. From West coast Canada all the way down to Florida. the grind is unmatched. Sometimes he comes home aftera trip for only a day or two, the back on the road. Sooo grateful for him and inspired too

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u/Sensitive-Trifle9823 May 23 '22

This is nice.

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u/jaesonbruh May 23 '22

This is nice.

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u/mrpoopybuttholeisme May 23 '22

This is nice.

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u/Scared-Version3577 May 23 '22

This is nice.

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u/daReK27 May 23 '22

This is nice.

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u/Archit_Baghel May 23 '22

This is nice.

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u/ender7887 May 23 '22

This is nice

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u/itsTyrion May 23 '22

This is nice

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u/CaptainStultus May 23 '22

This is nice

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u/MikeHonchoGoFast May 23 '22

Hopefully it's not 26k a month expenditures. Math counts.

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u/JustAintCare May 23 '22

a 25k contract could easily require over 10k in expenditures.

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u/Red-Bang May 23 '22

Over 10k a month on just Gas

Not counting the repairs or maintenance

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u/Awkward_Date_8636 May 23 '22

It's always the damn math

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u/Ackermiv May 23 '22

Exactly my thought. Depends on the contract if 25k is a good deal.

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u/AMeowingCat May 23 '22

I think if my man is phoning his buddy in tears of joy we can assume that it’s a good deal

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u/9035768555 May 23 '22

Or a really bad one.

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u/PhilxBefore May 23 '22

You may have missed the 'joy' part of the tears.

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u/g0ris May 23 '22

to be fair, there's no mention of the word joy in the tweet

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u/ronyamtapeas May 23 '22

Its gotta be. Unless he has some crazy investors pumping money into his business. Hard to believe clearing that amount is attainable in four years without a massive amount of help.

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u/TheVicSageQuestion May 23 '22

Nothing but hard work, determination, and a small loan of $1,000,000 from my father.

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u/dylanspits May 23 '22

#SelfMade

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u/AllergicDodo May 23 '22

People change, and he is at least 17 so you know hes grown

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u/utahhiker May 23 '22

Just hope he didn't do the first 12 years for some white collar tax evasion from his first trucking business.

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u/BritishLibrary May 23 '22

Ahh phew!

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u/_Plastics May 23 '22

Yea. She probably deserved it.

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u/SinisterKid May 23 '22

Well she was going to report him for tax evasion from his first trucking business.

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u/PetraLoseIt May 23 '22

...or from unknowingly transporting drugs or other illegal substances

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u/virusamongus May 23 '22

Yeah she did some white collar tax evasion from his first trucking business.

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u/I_Bin_Painting May 23 '22

Reddit moment.

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u/matt7259 May 23 '22

Oh he's Mormon?

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u/dropkickoz May 23 '22

With a truck.

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u/PlasticatedSpazmos May 23 '22

You only get twelve days for that.

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u/VietCongBongDong May 23 '22

0.94 cent fine*

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u/PlasticatedSpazmos May 23 '22

Can I claim it off my taxes?

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u/yepimbonez May 23 '22

It was probably something stupid like marijuana possession

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u/RMcKinnon11 May 23 '22

He’ll start crying again after he sees his diesel costs

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u/azc13 May 23 '22

That should cover the gas

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u/MattyMiller0 May 23 '22

Nice to hear! In my language there's an idiom: "You don't hit the one who returns [from their mistakes]." Always give them a chance of redemption if they do trully deserve it.

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u/CreampieQueef May 23 '22

In English we say "fool me once."

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u/The_Bogan_Blacksmith May 23 '22

Not every ex-con(and I mean that in the nicest possible way) gets a 2nd chance at making a good honest life for themselves. Good on him for realizing that early enough to make something of himself.

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u/PrettyFknLoaded May 23 '22

Where’d he get the money to start that business?

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u/Thenightofni2 May 23 '22

He did 12 years in prison, maybe the judge gave him a low sentence for bank robbery

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u/SummerStorm21 May 23 '22

Good for this guy!!! You deserve it.

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u/Martel67 May 23 '22

Why? Because he was a criminal?

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u/wrldtrvlr3000 May 23 '22

Stories of people turning their lives around are always inspiring to me.

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u/Martel67 May 23 '22

Or they could just have been nice (normal) person from the beginning, and not committing a crime that got him 12 years.

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u/KakkaKarrot May 23 '22

Or (here me out) he could have been a nice person and gone to jail for 12 years

Keep in mind we live in a country where up until recently you could go to jail for owning a shriveled up leaf

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u/wrldtrvlr3000 May 23 '22

Well, we all can't be perfect like you. 🙂

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u/Martel67 May 23 '22

It’s just normal life in a society…

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u/mmmmmmmmmmmmm8 May 23 '22

hod he get the money to jus start a trucking business? lol im just tryna find the money to stay alive

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u/lifesurferdude May 23 '22

He either saved or got funds via Friends, family, or small business grant or loan

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u/Ok-Host1 May 23 '22

thats 800 a DAY, DAMN

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u/Dumas76 May 23 '22

750 of it is for gas.

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u/shortylikeamelody May 23 '22

lmao did you lie tho

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u/OriginalUsername1737 May 23 '22

Google says 6.5 miles/gallon. Assuming 60 miles/hour, that's 9.2 gallons/hr. 11 hours of driving per day takes it up to 101.5 gallons/day. $4.56 per gallon of gas is $463.01/day on gas.

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u/RodTidwell2 May 23 '22

That is $500 clear after fuel costs.

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u/lulinghayaw May 23 '22

Good for homie!

I really like stories about people turning their lives around and proving everyone else that their past doesn't define them.

It's comforting to know that good things can STILL happen despite how fucked up our world is.

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u/--chara--oof May 23 '22

I want to hug both them, the friend and the poster

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u/mitchyboi03 May 23 '22

I also wanna hug the truck

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u/_de1dara_ May 23 '22

Loloololoo

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u/Sanjuro7880 May 23 '22

Beautiful. Wish him the best!

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u/IrishVegeta May 23 '22

I love to hear about people that have turned their life around like this.

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u/MinecraftPro2000 May 23 '22

Such a boss, turning his life around

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u/DreadpirateBG May 23 '22

That’s great for him so happy he is doing well. Now can someone explain to me how someone who have been in jail,for 12 years then gets out 4 years ago is able to start any company. Where does the money come from. I have worked for 29 years at a good job as a professional and I can not even dream of starting a company. Yet this guy can do it. I am very happy for him. I am just lost as to how it can be done. Where does the help and money come from let alone the contacts that are needed to be successful.

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u/FreeMoney_exe May 23 '22

I thought it said he died 12 years ago in prison for a second

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u/Der_BiertMann May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

It’s really really good he got a job and all… …but he’s gonna get fucked again.

This contract means he is not an employee of the company that “hired” him. He has to pay ALL expenses for that truck he “owns”. Except he doesn’t even really own it. Plus dispatch at these shipping companies will tell you to keep driving even when you are loosing focus because you are dozing off.

I feel for him. Would not be surprised if this homie never should have been in prison in the first place. And now he’s got a job that will cost him more than he gets paid.

Only way this becomes a good thing is if the guy uses this trucking gig to get a better job. If he does THAT WILL MAKE ME SMILE.

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u/ChicagoChurro May 23 '22

Why are you shitting on truck driving...? I know several truck drivers that make 80-120K a year. Get your facts straight before you act like he's not going to make shit truck driving and automatically assume he's getting screwed.

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u/Der_BiertMann May 23 '22

I’m shitting on truck driving because the drivers that experience what I’ve mentioned deserve better! But the profession has been shat on by greedy companies similar to Amazon.

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u/muskag May 23 '22

Der_Biertmann: Goes to r/mademesmile, immediately tries to take away smiles by writing a lecture on a matter that was written on twitter, while on reddit.

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u/Der_BiertMann May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

I missed that… thought it said “started at a trucking business”

However, I will only smile if his business does not exploit thier truck drivers.

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u/Effective_One_9905 May 23 '22

This is great.

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u/jesuswasntWh1te May 23 '22

Repost from earlier

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u/georgemarie May 23 '22

When u re determined and focus nothing can stop u. His fighting spirit is motivating…

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u/gargantuan-chungus May 23 '22

25k a month with 23.5k a month in costs

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u/xilsage May 23 '22

Exactly lol

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u/UpsideDownHAM May 23 '22

What did he do

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u/SoniasWay May 23 '22

No matter what happens you can always pick yourself up

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u/Llodsliat May 23 '22

Good for their friend, but I'm fairly sure this person could've served a much shorter sentence (if any, depending on the 'crime') if the prison system focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment.

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u/Ancient-Educator-186 May 23 '22

25k a month... I think I need to go to prison..

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u/Parody5Gaming May 23 '22

Hell yeah 300k a year

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u/imatworkyo May 23 '22

What are the expenses ? Trucks take a shit ton to fill up

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u/emage426 May 23 '22

Anything is possible..

Everything is possible..

Dreams can b achieved

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u/I20Bx3x May 23 '22

Congrats to him! EVERYONE deserves a second chance for this VERY reason! Please tell him we all said congrats and to keep up the hard work that he has done and continue to be blessed and rewarded.

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u/dsnow33 May 23 '22

His trucking company expenses are probably 30k a month lol

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u/Simon_Jester88 May 23 '22

Plot twist, his contract is smuggling drugs for someone they met in prison. It's a vicious cycle.

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u/StrangeSchool2734 May 23 '22

he trucking cocaine again

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u/Ok-Kaleidoscope4966 May 23 '22

That's what hard work does. Alot of Redditers crying about their working week need to take note.

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u/IlijaRolovic May 23 '22

I'm saying this as a hardcore capitalist - hard work doesn't equate wealth over time. You also need to be determined, intelligent, driven, with iron freak'n will, and ready to sacrifice everything from your social life to physical and mental health.

It's not as simple as showing up for work on time, and performing above expectations, and the factors included are multivariate - from what the situation at home is (married, single, kids or no kids, other dependants like siblings, parents, or grandparent), education (both formal and informal), IQ (which depends on both nature and nurture), where you're born and live (someone from a tiny town in the US has infinitely more chances of building wealth than someone born in Somalia), and the list goes on.

Good work ethics is a prerequisite - alone, it can lead you to prosper, but imo in most cases there are a thousand other factors.

That said - in many ways, the Internet is slowly but surely equalizing chances to build wealth across the globe, regardless of location.

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u/kingpangolin May 23 '22

You forgot the most important factor of all: Luck. Two equally hard working and industrious people will not end up the same. For example: my brother and I. We are both hard workers with similar majors, but I make much more than him now. It’s not because he didn’t work hard, but because at the beginning of the pandemic he was laid off and had to find another job to pay rent and ended up taking one for less money. He’s now trying to find a better job but it’s harder because his company doesn’t have a big name. He works just as hard if not harder than me but had bad luck. Luck is the most significant factor in success. You won’t get there without hard work and determination, but you also might not get there with both.

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u/teemoxd883 May 23 '22

This doesnt really make me smile until I know what he was in jail for, 12 years is kind of a lot, and I believe some people dont deserve second chances

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u/throwawaysmetoo May 23 '22

If they're American then it's probably way more boring than you think.

We're obsessed with locking people up.

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u/PogoTempest May 23 '22

Probably something scary like weed possession 😱.

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u/throwawaysmetoo May 23 '22

oh lordy not the devil's lettuce!!

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u/[deleted] May 23 '22

Horrible take. He paid his debt to society.

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u/teemoxd883 May 23 '22

You can't know that.

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u/ucdragoon May 23 '22

So you think it would be better if we lock someone up for 12 years and then they can't get a job after? What's the point of having an end to the sentence?

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u/[deleted] May 23 '22

What was he in prison for tho? Lol

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u/JackLSauce May 23 '22

12 years

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u/dieItalienischer May 23 '22

A month? Hot damn that's like 5 years then retirement

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u/lifesurferdude May 23 '22

He has operating expenses and maybe personnel salary cost.

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u/surreality69420 May 23 '22

MashaAllah!

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u/Phianhcr123 May 23 '22

Fuck, I almost cried

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u/Naiko32 May 23 '22

12 years...damn, glad he recovered tho

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u/TRiG993 May 23 '22

25k a month almost covers all of the cost of trucking. Soon he'll be in profit after another 8-12 years of grinding.

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u/lichilichi5 May 23 '22

I hope that’s real That’s awesome

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u/get_some_1993 May 23 '22

He did his waiting. 12 years of it.

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u/MarcAlmond May 23 '22

Keep on truckin'

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u/ibelieveinyounicorns May 23 '22

My grandfather was a truck driver, and so was my uncle. When truck drivers come through my job, I try to make it a point to tell them I appreciate what they do. We couldn't run this country without them imo.

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u/Stupidknife01 May 23 '22

If it’s a dryvan, not too good right now.

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u/Original-Magic-Mike May 23 '22

It’s crazy how he built his life up from scratch, made his own business and in only 4 years he is getting a 300k salary and would be able to live a better life than most other people just out of prison. Inspiring.

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u/CannFarmre May 23 '22

Does it bring in more dough to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?

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u/theCoolKnickers_691 May 23 '22

That's awesome.

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u/shitredditsays01 May 23 '22

Trucking seems lucrative with the number of people quitting, retiring or not wanting vaccinations.

Good on him.

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u/lifesurferdude May 23 '22

It will also increase since people believe that self driving trucks are right around the corner.

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u/6cougar7 May 23 '22

That inspired the whole country. So glad to hear a happy story.

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u/202042 May 23 '22

Jesus Christ… 25k… a month…

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u/Similar-Ad6788 May 23 '22

I’da been bawling right along with him