...detained all drivers in our center last Friday after Xmas... told us "nobody punches out without permission". I sat in the office with my feet on the desk after work waiting over an hour on route for the permission...(as more drivers came in, they too sat and did nothing). Center manager and bldg manager were in a office meeting, the on-road team had no reason... just said "don't punch out" and violate the "work as directed order". Rumor has it... we were forced to work 13.5 hrs before we could go, even though there was nothing to do. Then they decided to sent us to unload all weather related missed pkgs (thousands due to snow and ice in Oregon) into a trailer... ...5 drivers, all on overtime, ($200/hr) in one trailer scanning and loading the re-handles. By 9pm, most drivers bull*****-ing on the belt, trying to figue out why the company was doing this. A couple of off drivers said "screw-em, I'm going home!". I told them I'll go "code 5" so I get home for my Christmas with my family, since they travel out of state while I stay home and sacrifice for the company. My family was waiting for me to be Santa that night and were outraged (along with many others) as to "why" the company was doing this? they certainly were not concerned about wasting money. About 9:30pm... Center manager shows up, shakes each hand and says... "Merry Christmas... you can go home now." Was it just my center? or was it a Natl decision? Anybody else go through this?