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#1 NightWalkerGStudy

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 12:49 PM

Before I get to the story, I want to apologize to every active user on here for not replying to very many posts in the past year.  I will not make excuses.  It has just been a hectic year.  GhostStudy and Paranormalsoup both hold a special place in my heart and I did not forsake you all.

Anyway, for those of you who do not know, I work for Amazon Logistics as a Transportation Specialist.  My job consists of dealing with truck drivers dropping loaded trailers as well as empties at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Hartford, Ilinois.  Anyway, to make a long story short, a couple Fridays ago, this driver from a trucking company that escapes me pulled up to our guard shack and proceeded to say that he does our job of backing loaded trailers into dock doors.  I acknowledged his tone and demeanor and let him know that if we have a dock door open that an inbound load is to be put into that door.  I then asked him to pull forward so I could cut the seal on that trailer.  After I cut the seal, the driver came up behind me and grabbed my bicep with his thumb and middle finger.  He then proceeded to say, "I let you go this time.  Next time, I get you in big big trouble".  He drove his truck into the yard toward the dock doors and I called my shift lead to apprise her of the situation.  The associate who had witnessed the situation was already appalled and ready to call the police.  Our lead came out and met the driver at the outbound gate.  She said the following, "You do not touch my associates!  You are hereby banned from this Amazon yard!".  The driver then said, "No, YOU are banned from yard!".  He then drove away and my shift lead then got the details of the incident.  We submitted a case to the driver's carrier and he is now banned from our facility.

I really have no idea how people think they can just walk up to other people and touch them.  The only reason this got to me is because the guy had a very serious look in his eyes.  It made me uneasy and willing to fight back if I needed to. Obviously, because of my job, I could not escalate the situation into violence.  I could only wish that he would drop his trailer and leave, which he technically did.
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Posted 10 June 2019 - 01:38 PM

I'm so sorry he did that to you. I'm glad it didn't go any farther then that and you are safe.

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 02:35 PM

OMG, I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm glad you're safe and things didn't go too far. It makes my blood boil when I hear of situations like this.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 12:28 AM

That truck driver has real issues!  :mad: I hope that is the last you see or hear from him!
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Posted 11 June 2019 - 05:25 AM

I find more and more people just plain suck these days.  They feel like they can say or do whatever they want until you do something in response.  Then they scream you did something to them unprovoked.

Glad you handled it properly!  It might be good to keep an eye out for him if he tries to return in retaliation.....
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Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:18 AM

That's weird, I'm not quite sure why he would get angry. I guess some people are just looking for a fight
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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:41 AM

Thanks for the responses, everyone!  I believe the guy was high on some type of amphetamines or something.  He did not look quite right.  He won't be used by his carrier for Amazon anymore, so I don't think I have to worry.  Yep, people just suck sometimes lol
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:14 AM

"I Was Assaulted At Work"

The driver was out of line getting physical but I don't consider grabbing your bicep 'assault'.
I'm not defending the driver's actions, I just think we should be careful about how we use that word, lest, before long, any physical contact we make with someone (that they don't like at that moment, or decide at some later date they don't like) can be considered assault.

Edited by True North, 12 June 2019 - 10:30 AM.


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 02:31 AM

No, the truck driver's behaviour was definitely way outside the limits of acceptable behaviour, and as such, it would constitute the label of assault!
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:12 AM

Assault According To The Law

(Law) law an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence.

If I read this correctly, it means that it doesn't have to be of a physical nature to the person, intention is enough.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 09:06 AM

View PostEVP, on 13 June 2019 - 06:12 AM, said:

Assault According To The Law

(Law) law an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence.

If I read this correctly, it means that it doesn't have to be of a physical nature to the person, intention is enough.

The driver stated his intention: to get NightWalker "in big big trouble" "next time".

As 'next time' is clearly not right now, and as workplace threats of getting people 'in trouble' are generally understood as a threat to put in a complaint with upper management, it would be unreasonable for NightWalker "to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence".

Unless the driver had some crushing cyborg grip, calling this an assault is being overly dramatic.

I know good people who've lost jobs over mere allegations of 'harassment', never mind 'assault'. I don't think it's in any of our best interests to start describing any altercation that gets a bit physical as assault.

Edited by True North, 13 June 2019 - 10:00 AM.


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 10:24 AM

View PostTrue North, on 13 June 2019 - 09:06 AM, said:

The driver stated his intention: to get NightWalker "in big big trouble" "next time".

As 'next time' is clearly not right now, and as workplace threats of getting people 'in trouble' are generally understood as a threat to put in a complaint with upper management, it would be unreasonable for NightWalker "to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence".

Unless the driver had some crushing cyborg grip, calling this an assault is being overly dramatic.

I know good people who've lost jobs over mere allegations of 'harassment', never mind 'assault'. I don't think it's in any of our best interests to start describing any altercation that gets a bit physical as assault.

I'm merely quoting the definiton by the law. We both know where arguing with the law gets you and that isn't an allegation :)

Edited by EVP, 13 June 2019 - 10:37 AM.


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 11:12 AM

View PostEVP, on 13 June 2019 - 10:24 AM, said:

I'm merely quoting the definiton by the law. We both know where arguing with the law gets you and that isn't an allegation :)

Oh I wasn't assuming anything about your own position. How something plays out in court, who knows, and I'm not a lawyer, but we can agree to use the criminal definition you supplied and decide for ourselves whether this altercation meets those requirements.

I don't think I am "arguing with the law" (if that's what you're implying with your statement). Not sure what you mean.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 02:10 PM

I've always been told that even so much as poking somebody is assault as it's physical contact. The fact he was so angry makes it a threat too.
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 02:46 PM

Also, there is such a thing as verbal assault.


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An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person or, in some specific legal definitions, a threat or attempt to commit such an action. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal and/or civil liability.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 03:47 PM

Using that definition, I wouldn't consider the driver's actions verbal assault either.

The threat the driver made, interpreted as one normally would interpret this kind of threat in the workplace, was essentially "I'm going to say not nice things about you to management" lol.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 03:55 PM

If, as PIT Leader's been told, even so much as poking someone constitutes assault, how many times have each of us here assaulted somebody? 100's?

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:48 PM

View PostTrue North, on 13 June 2019 - 03:55 PM, said:

If, as PIT Leader's been told, even so much as poking someone constitutes assault, how many times have each of us here assaulted somebody? 100's?
I poked myself in the eye a few times in my life, does that count as assault?

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:50 PM

View PostTrue North, on 13 June 2019 - 03:55 PM, said:

If, as PIT Leader's been told, even so much as poking someone constitutes assault, how many times have each of us here assaulted somebody? 100's?

The fact that the driver did this to someone at a place of work while he was on the clock himself was out of line to begin with. Technically, I would have been terminated if I were to even touch him just to get his hand off of me.
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:53 PM

View PostNightWalkerGStudy, on 13 June 2019 - 04:50 PM, said:

The fact that the driver did this to someone at a place of work while he was on the clock himself was out of line to begin with. Technically, I would have been terminated if I were to even touch him just to get his hand off of me.
The dude would of probably took you to court if you touched him, he would of probably claimed that you slapped the heck out of him, and he did nothing. People are like that.