Trucker Tells America “Stay Home!” So Maybe Drivers Can Go Home Soon Too
Nashville, TN – A Tennessee trucker who desperately wants to get home to see his family has had enough of Americans complaining about having to stay at home amid shelter in place orders in states across the nation.
Truck driver, husband and father of three, John Kennedy, of Nashville, has been on the road for the last three weeks working to keep America moving during this time of national emergency.
Kennedy told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) he has been a trucker for 21 years and an owner operator since November 2019.
He took to Facebook on Tuesday, March 31, to get a few things off of his chest.
“I don’t say much. I usually keep my mouth shut, but people… stay at home,” Kennedy implored. “Everybody please stay at home so this thing will get over with and so drivers like me can go home.”
As he turned the camera to his sleeper revealing the cramped living space, he made an offer to those watching.
“If you want to go somewhere, I will be more than happy to swap my 6×6 livable space with you and I’ll go stay in your house,” he said. “You people think you’ve got it bad being stuck at home, try coming out here to be a driver during this time and see what we’re limited to.”
Kennedy then turned his attention to the deteriorating working conditions truckers are facing.
He took aim at newly adopted policies at many shippers and receivers designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We used to could use their amenities… restrooms, break room, microwave, you know… get out of the truck… not today, not since this virus,” he explained.
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Kennedy said it was his birthday and all he had was a microwaveable meal that the shipper in Union City, TN, refused to heat up for him.
“They won’t even take it in and heat it up for you because we are considered outsiders and they don’t want their families to get the virus,” he stated.
Making matters worse was the fact he had already been there for more than two hours waiting.
Despite the challenging working conditions and risks to his personal well-being, Kennedy made it clear he intends to keep on trucking until the health crisis is behind us.
“I don’t care if there’s a thousand cars on the road or two cars on the road… I’m still going to do my job, but people y’all have to do yours too!”
WATCH Kennedy’s videos below.