Teamster lackey: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

screwball

This blog remains largely immune from hate mail, probably because a) it’s readership is miniscule and b) the topics so arcane that few crackpots can work up the energy to put crayon to paper in order to fire off a misguided missive.

Still, just as a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while, the occasional screwball will manage to direct a harebrained epistle my way.

Consider: Last week a hack for the Teamsters Union decided to take me to task for a post I wrote in February 2009 about an area trucking company that had gained a well-deserved reputation for treating its employees particularly well. Mind you, this is a post that’s more than seven years old, but that didn’t stop the commenter, using the decidedly unoriginal nom de plume of “Greg Hoffa,” from wading into the fray, albeit very tardily and very ineptly.

Last Thursday, Mr. “Hoffa” wrote:

“WHY DONT YOU PAY YOUR DRIVERS OVERTIME PAY AFTER 8 hrs in a day or after a 40 hour work week? You are a damn crook, a typical preacher of religion. You must be related to Lyin’ Ted !!! Ps: and don’t tell me you don’t pay overtime because of some ridiculous agricultural law or railroad act. The Teamsters should represent this and every other shady trucking outfit. Pay your drivers what they deserve.”

It’s difficult to say what set off old Greg Hoffa. The point of my story, penned oh so many moons ago, was that a family-owned trucking company, during what was then the heart of the Great Recession, had managed to avoid laying off any of its more than 6,500 employees, the only major US trucking line able to be able make that claim.

My post contained no talk of pay, overtime and certainly no indication that I worked for the company. I don’t and never have. But then again, when it comes to reasoning skills, Teamster trolls are rarely mistaken for the second coming of Socrates.

I didn’t realize blogging made me a crook, and a “damned crook,” at that. As for being a typical preacher of religion, I am again mystified. I keep the proselytizing to a dull roar here, and with good reason. To paraphrase Mark Twain, “We were good Catholic boys when the weather was doubtful; when it was fair, we did wander a little from the fold.”

As to whom “Lyin’ Ted” is I have no idea. Cruz? Turner? Kennedy? Kaczynski?

A good rule of thumb if you’re going to write angry letters is that they should make sense and be based, at least in some small degree, on reality. Also, lay off the exclamation points. Greg Hoffa, you dropped the ball on all three counts.

I will give Mr. Hoffa one point and admit that he was pretty close to being accurate in one of his closing lines. Toward the end, where he wrote, “The Teamsters should represent this and every other shady trucking outfit,” he need only have shortened it to “The Teamsters should represent every shady trucking outfit,” and he would have been right on the money.

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15 thoughts on “Teamster lackey: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

  1. I’d bet that the same comment was posted by “Mr. Hoffa” was posted on about 100 trucking websites/blogs at about the same time. Sounds to me like a classic internet troll trying to get a rise out of people.

    Or he might be running for president…

  2. If it wasn’t for the fact that the comment has no spelling errors etc I would suggest you had been the victim of a kind of drunk dialling…

    I think I agree with the first commentor, one comment posted everywhere. If only the troll had read the rest of the comments attached to the post they might have realised they were the only dissatisfied voice!

    • It’s apparent the commenter couldn’t be bothered reading anything beyond the name of the trucking company, and the fact that its employees aren’t represented by the teamsters.

      If you’re going to troll, at least make an effort, right?

  3. Congrats on your handling of trolls. Pretty funny. Lyin Ted does refer to Cruz. It’s used by the Trumpkins and apparently the Teamster’s Union.

    • With the Teamsters, who knows? They very well could have flunkies scanning the web daily, finding articles where they feel their slant is needed, and then they likely cut and paste the same paragraph dozens of times a day.

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