Truck drivers say cameras capture her as she changes

In a viral TikTok, a female truck driver reveals her job improperly monitored her after she installed cameras in her truck cab.

TikTok user @originaltruckerbarbie2.0 says her company installed the cameras in October 2022. The truck driver has since claimed she was wrongly targeted and micromanaged.

“I used to love this company because I knew they only had my best interests at heart,” she says. “However, that completely changed and went out the window when they put cameras in our trucks.”

The trucker explains that the cameras are aimed at the road and her taxi.

“So outside of the truck, they should be on for 15 minutes in case anything happens during that time,” she says. “But mine stays on and faces my cab while I undress.”

She also says the cameras have sensors to monitor if she’s tailgating or if her eyes are “leaving the road for some reason.” The trucker says that she often finds herself in situations where another driver suddenly crosses in front of her. She explains that if she chooses to slow down instead of “slamming” on the brakes, she will be flagged for being “followed too closely.”

The trucker adds that the cameras may not capture the full course of events, as they only record eight seconds at a time and explanations don’t mean much to their superiors.

Since receiving the cameras, @originaltruckerbarbie2.0 says the security team has called her five times to provide feedback on her driving. On one of those calls, her supervisors praised the trucker for avoiding an accident, only to have him suspended for a day anyway.

“But even when I do something good, I’m rewarded with discipline. It’s so backward,” she says.

@originaltruckerbarbie2.0 Part 1 #truckdriver #truckersoftictok #trucker #trucktok ♬ Original sound – OriginalTruckerBarbie2.0

In the comments, other truck drivers shared their experiences with cameras and made suggestions for TikTokers on how to deal with them.

“I’d always put a note over it when you’re not driving,” one suggested. “Also, I would get a personal dash cam so you have proof if the camera doesn’t catch anything.”

“I put electrical tape over mine and my company asked why and I said if I can see you all you can see me. You didn’t ask again,” wrote another user.

However, @originaltruckerbarbie2.0 said her company could fire her for camera tampering.

In a follow-up video, the TikToker adds that other truck drivers are not being reported for similar violations.

“And then I also heard that I was being targeted, that they were watching me very closely,” she says. “It makes me feel extremely hurt and extremely disgusted because I know the camera is still on even when I’m in my sleeping bag.”

@originaltruckerbarbie2.0 Part 2 #trucktok #trucker #truckinglife #badcompany ♬ O-Ton – OriginalTruckerBarbie2.0

The Daily Dot reached out to @originaltruckerbarbie2.0 via TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: March 16, 2023 7:04 pm CDT

Brooke Park

Brooke Park is a correspondent for the Daily Dot and a senior journalist at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, The Dallas Morning News and The Texas Tribune.

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