Today’s Truck Team Tuesday and this week, we’re throwing a spotlight on Delray Beach, Florida! Phil Sanon & Latoya Walls have both been on the trucks in sunny Florida since 2006 so you can only imagine the things they have seen!
Jeff Pasternack, franchise owner, is one of the most upbeat people you’ll ever meet. His signature greeting, “Happy Day” has actually turned into his nickname!
How long have you been working with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
Over 4 years.
What did you do before you found Junk?
Phil was a driver for an air conditioning company and Latoya worked in retail and child daycare.
What do you love about being a Truck Team Member?
All the new ideas we have to do a better job of building and running our business keep us fresh. Happy Day has a lot of ideas and some of them are wacky, but we’ll try anything just to see if it will work.
What is the most challenging thing about being a Truck Team Member?
South Florida’s weather can be brutal. 90% humidity and 90 degrees every day for 6 months can really wear you out, especially on the outdoor construction jobs. We also have localized rain: it can be raining at the job site but be sunny across the street.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever hauled away?
We hauled away a truckload of used adult diapers that a lady had stored in her home. Also, one time Latoya and Happy Day were removing junk from a bedroom and a purple sex toy rolled out right between them! We come across quite a lot of sex toys on our estate jobs and that can be awkward with the family sitting there watching.
What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Did you do it with a smile?
We laugh more then anything. As Happy Day says, when there’s nothing left to do just smile smile smile.
Do you have any other funny memories or stories that you can share?
After 4 years of working on the blue and green truck we’ve got so many stories we can write a book or two. We were cleaning out a senior living condo and the lady who had deceased left behind some bondage toys, paddles and drug paraphernalia as well. I think those are the funniest memories, they really crack us up.
One time, we were doing a job with a few of us and this truck team member was afraid of rats. We caught one and put it in a box and handed it down the line and told the guy to check it out. He opened it up and screamed like a little girl. That was funny. We run across a lot of animals and everyone has their thing with them.
Do you have a motto or a philosophy on life?