We all have views on what exchange sites have done to our industry, but here's an angle you may not have come across before.
An employed driver, the van, all its fuel and all the x's paid for by his employer, on an hourly rate plus overtime when applicable, joins an exchange site.
He gets given jobs by his employer, but on the sly, without his boss knowing, also gerts alerts enroute from the exchange site, and quotes on some of them that he thinks he can do without being noticed.
All very clever you may think, pretty harmless perhaps?
I beg to differ. It's taking the p*** on a grand scale.
Said employer, believing his employee was empty where he should have been (and why shouldn't he) quotes on a job on another exchange site that will take said driver home. That collection, that should have been done inside 15-20 mins doesn't get collected. This is highlighted 2 hours later by the vendors customer asking when to expect the courier! The courier, unbeknown to his boss, has done a "private" job, and because of that "private" job, has been found out.
The job, although picked up some 3 hrs after being allocated , eventually gets completed at no charge, and the vendor of the job offers his apologies and a freebee to his customer.
On this occasion there were no adverse consequences, with the exception of a lot of phonecalls, quite a bit of biting ones bottom lip, and an awful lot of swearing behind the scenes.
Suffice to say one hopes the driver will have his extremities examined very closely by a large hairy dog, with equally large incisors, and a dog that hasn't been fed for a while.
A lesson learnt that all isn't what it appears to be