Story updated with reply from Love’s below
Freight Broker Live was the first to report on a dispute between an armed security guard and a sleepy trucker nearly escalated into tragedy over truck parking. The argument happened when an armed security guard at the Love’s Travel Center located in Memphis, Tennessee told the trucker to move his truck.
Joshua Andrews, the independent owner of JGA Freight out of New Albany, Mississippi was sleeping in his truck Sunday, May 17th at the Love’s on Lamar Avenue in Memphis when he heard a knock at his window. This was the second time in 4 hours he was awoken, the first about two hours after he pulled into the lot, when a security guard asked him to move his truck.
According to Andrews, the first officer told him that although they normally do not allow parking in the front lot, they were allowing some truckers to park temporarily in the front lot, but asked him to move his truck to a different part of the parking lot to conserve parking spaces. Andrews was bobtailing, and moved his truck and went back to sleep. A little bit later, be was awoken again, this time by another officer who told Andrews that he was not permitted to park there and he would need to leave. Andrews told Freight Broker Live he told the officer he had permission to park there, to which Andrews said the officer began to get rude, prompting Andrews to pull out his phone and start recording the argument.
During the video, you can see that Andrews is telling the officer that he has permission from the other officer along with the management to park in that spot. Andrews repeatedly asks for a supervisors phone number, which the security guard refuses. Andrews says on video going in to talk to management and then begins walking into the store.
As the driver and the armed security guard are walking into the store, Andrews turns his cell-phone towards himself, and says that he is at the Love’s in Memphis to the camera.
The security guard then responds, “sure will. At the Love’s…..gonna get your ass kicked.” The security guard pauses, then adds “or shot. Make sure you record that too.”
Dumbfounded that he was just threatened by the security guard, Andrews asks the guard if he is threatening him, to which the guard replies “its an imminent promise.”
Andrews and the security guard then walk into the Loves, speak to a manager who confirms to the security guard that Andrews is permitted to park in the front lot as the rear parking lot is full. Andrews again asks for the name of the security company to report the threat, to which the manager says he works for a third-party company hired by Loves and that he would handle it.
Andrews told Freight Broker Live he called the Love’s manager along with the Memphis police department and filed a police report.
Andrews decided to move his truck after both the store manager and Memphis Police Department both suggested to relocate rather stay on site.
Andrews said he starting recording the incident early on out of fear that this issue over parking could escalate like the TA truckstop shooting over a parking spot at Oklahoma City a few months earlier.
“If I cant go to a safe haven like a truck stop, where am I supposed to go,” Andrews asked Freight Broker Live. We did not have an answer for him.
UPDATE: Love’s replied to our original story saying “Love’s does not tolerate this behavior. The security guard in this video is not a Love’s employee and will not be allowed back on Love’s property. Please know this conduct does not align with our values. Pro drivers keep America moving– especially at times like these.”