After checking out soberups’ post I thought I’d add my own snow story. The snow we got here in Southern California has caused havoc as well. I feel bad for us cause we are so unprepared for such things. I mean, really, I know drivers deliver in crazy snow all the time in other states. But it has seriously brought our whole operation to a standstill. It started snowing here on Wednesday and kept up all day. Around 1 pm they called ALL the drivers back in… No pickups, nothing, just bring it all back. I work preload and when I heard that I nearly died, for all of us. We were already 4 trailers behind because the feeders were unable to reach us on time Tuesday due to freeway snow and accident closures. Then they CANCELLED preload on Thursday! This may happen other places but I was shocked. I’ve been with UPS for 6 years and I’ve never heard of such a thing. It was for the best I guess cause the few people that weren’t notified ended up getting stuck or crashing into things at 1 in the morning. People in California can barely drive in the rain, let alone the freaking snow. The drivers showed up at start time and the last I had heard they were sent back out to deliver all that was brought back. Ok, so, we had a full day of trailers left over from the cancelled day and several others from the day the freeway was closed. How nice. We showed up for preload this morning and I swear, all but maybe 7 of the routes were still more than half full. There was no full time management there yet and the lead part time guy was staring at his cell phone in desperation saying the lead full time guy’s name out loud. It was kind of sad, I felt for the poor guy. They finally give the preloaders 10 minutes, telling us to just use the old pal number and forget about send agains. Um, ok. Most people did as they were told but I stuck all my send agains in a pile and every now and then I’d pull the sticker off and throw it on the belt to get re-spad and recycled. F all that old spa number nonsense. I did help others set up their trucks though and it was the biggest mess ever. Nothing ever goes in the same place so the poor drivers had stuff ALL OVER! They kept taking routes out, unloading the whole damn thing, putting it back, unloading it again. And then everyone was just loading on top of the send agains. It was such chaos. We did 7 hours of preload and then they surprised us with a second sort. The drivers leave, well, most of them anyway. Several stayed behind to throw stuff out of their trucks in frustration while cursing and crying. Atleast 20 drivers show up from other centers, as far away as 200 miles. I had the really unfortunate task of loading 2 mini vans, yay me!!! They seriously thought that 1/2 a route PLUS lowe’s, home depot and walmart would all fit in one of those crappy little things. Nope. I can hardly wait to show up tomorrow at 1 am and preload till 8 then go out and drive air. Apparently we are going to load like a regular day and when we come back on Monday they will pull all the trucks out and we can load more loaner trucks. I only hope the mini vans don’t show up again. Who knew a little snow could so jack things up? Sorry it’s such a long post but I guess I had a lot to bitch about L I’m sure that everyone will think we’re all being big babies here and I totally agree. I’m just amazed by the madness of it all and thought I’d share.