I contacted Kennedy through an ad in the paper in November of 2007. I then went to Mississauga and met with Rick Butler a salesman for Kennedy about their services. Kennedy sets you up with a leased straight truck and guarantees you work with companies that hire owner operators of straight trucks.
Rick told me that I would be making minimum $3000 but averaging $5-6000 weekly with a 35-40% in expenses inand be home most nights with my new family.I then met again with the owner of Kenndy and Rick again expressing my concern of the guaranteed money and guaranteed time I would be home with my family.
Both the owner and the Rick ensured me that the money was infact guaranteed and that I would not be away from my family for more than 2 nights a week. I asked if I could purchase a used truck and Kennedy told me that companies they use for their drivers would not take used trucks on to drive for them. I then used all income available to me for downpayment.
Kennedy set me up with TD bank in Mississauga to get another loan of $6, 000.00. This was done over the phone since I do not live in the area.I was suppoosed to go into the bank to have the loan issued but Kennedy arranged that the loan be processed by the loan officer at the bank and he lied about me being there to accept the loan in person so I could get the money without actually being in the bank branch personally.
I went to Mississauga and gave Kennedy my cheque and was set up with Murdoch leasing company to lease the Peterbuilt straight truck. I drove the truck home and awaited Kennedy to set me up with a company to begin working. I called Kennedy several times over the next 3 weeks to begin working. I had already quit my other job because Kennedy told me I would be working right away. Kennedy told me to call a company named Dynamex located in Cambridge.
I went to meet Bill Snyder at Dynamex and he showed me numbers and schedules that didn't coincide with what Kennedy had promised to me. I would be making 1/3 of the amount of money Kennedy said I would be making and I would be away from my family most weeks. B at Dynamex said that he had told Kennedy several times that the money Kennedy guaranteed people when signing on was not realistic and Kennedy continued to ensure people that it was.
I then called Kennedy and spoke to Rick and he told me to call TST, a company located in Windsor since it was nearer to my house.When I called TST, they too gave me the same low figures and intense driving schedule. TST also said that she too had continually told Kennedy to stop telling people they would be making a lot of weekly after expenses because it was not possible. I also asked if they hire used trucks on and she said yes, (Kennedy told me I couldn't do this). I then called Kennedy to say that this company too would not provide what they had guaranteed to me.
I asked if there was any way of getting out of the lease since I had not driven the truck yet only from Mississauga home. They said there's nothing they can do and to call the leasing company. I called the leasing company and called Murdoch and they said that Kennedy could re-lease the vehicle if they wanted to but there was nothing he at the leasing company could do. I called Kennedy and they said they would not re-lease the vehicle. Basically they said it was my problem. I expressed that they were misrepresenting themselves guaranteeing this money to me.
Kennedy then set me up with a company named Aberstar. Aberstar guaranteed me the money Kennedy ensured me I would make and also that I would be home most nights of the week.In the first week working for Aberstar, I was gone a full week and calculations of expenses for the trip ensured me I would be grossing $0.
Kennedy assured that we could not use a used vehicle for the companies that Kennedy worked for and we could have and save ourselves $100, 000.00. When contacting these companies I was assured that I could have used a used vehicle. This was a blatant lie on behalf of Kennedy.
I personally made pleas to Kennedy several times about honesty and Kennedy assured me they were being honest and forthwright about figures, and time spent away working. I pleaded with Kennedy stating that I had an infant at home and needed to be there as often as possible and was it possible to be home AND make good money and KENNEDY ASSURED ME THAT THIS WAS VERY POSSIBLE AND NOT AN ISSUE AT ALL WHATSOEVER.
I have worked several weeks now and I am away for entire weeks at a time and figures that Kennedy promised are still not even close to being accurate. Kennedy stated that I would be away on average a total of 2 nights max. per week. I am away on average 6-7 nights if I would like to be able to make payments on the truck. Kennedy PROMISED that $3000.00 would be the MINIMUM I would be making per week.
EACH OF THE COMPANIES KENNEDY SET ME UP WITH TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLE AND STATED THAT KENNEDY CONSISTENTLY MAKES THESE PROMISES TO PEOPLE THEY SEND THEM AND THEY KEEP TELLING KENNEDY TO QUIT LYING!! I worked for Aberstar for 1 week and LOST $500. Not once did I state that it was possible to make the amount of money Kennedy stated I would make. I DID WORK FOR ABERSTAR AND I WAS AWAY AN ENTIRE WEEK AND LOST MONEY!!
Kennedy did guarantee funds to be there. Kennedy clearly states in all their adds $3000 per week and when I contacted them they stated this was the minimum amount and that potentially I would make up to $5000 per week.
All companies Kennedy set me up with state that these figures are not possible to make in a truck and this remains consistent from several companies I have contacted.
Consistently companies are also telling Kennedy to stop lying. Kennedy DID LIE on behalf of me and TOLD ME TO LIE TO TD bank also. TD bank and actually the person involved at TD bank was reprimanded for this instance. Kennedy has deceived me and now is purposely lying in order to deem me responsible for my income capabilities.
The leasing company was contacted and Murdoch leasing stated that Kennedy COULD RE-LEASE THE VEHICLE. Kennedy is once again lying and stating they can not when the leasing company themselves stated that Kennedy has the option and power to do this.
Many people probably contact Kennedy to get into the trucking business and could be saved thousands by taking over our leased vehicle and Kennedy could make this possible. It is possible to lease the vehicle again to another party. Kennedy doesn't wish to do so because on each brand new leased vehicle Kennedy leases to a new customer of theirs, they mark the price up approx. $10, 000 for themselves along with the $2, 500.00 fee paid for their services.
Do not deal with these people. We have been in contact with several individuals that have had dealings with Kennedy Transportation and all of them consent that Kennedy lied and basically scammed them out of thousands of dollars. Kennedy is currently on a path to destruction burning each bridge with the companies they deal with.
Major vehicle dealerships will no longer have dealings with them, major banking instituitions will not either, even huge leasing companies refuse to have any contact with them because of their reputation for outright deception on the part of both the consumer and the major companies being dealt with.
A leasing company is currently in the process of a potential class action suit against them.
We are currently seeking leagal advise along with other people to try and stop Kennedy from continuing to destroy people's lives.
We, along with others will continue to persue justice in this matter on behalf of ourselves and for future potential customers Kennedy will continue to scam.
Here's hoping word gets out to all concerning this matter and company.