Kingman, AZ – A truck stop giant was this week forced to respond to allegations that one of its locations refused service to truckers in the People’s Convoy.
The nationwide protest of U.S. COVID-19-related mandates and government emergency powers kicked off on Wednesday, but not without a bit of controversy.
As the truckers in the convoy traveled along Interstate 40 from California, some drivers reportedly stopped at a Petro Stopping Center located at 970 South Blake Ranch Road in Kingman, AZ.
Shortly after, Tracy Beanz, editor of the online outlet Discover DCreported that the truckers in the convoy were turned away.
“The Petro gas station chain has DENIED ANY SERVICE including gas, toilets, food to any truck or car involved in the convoy,” Beanz said on Gettr.
Beanz’s report, which is embedded in the convoy, sparked outrage on social media aimed at Travel Centers of America (TA-Petro).
Beanz then posted a message that read: ‘Petro have changed their mind – now allowing trucks to refuel. Pat yourself on the back.
In a video recorded the next day, trucker Ron Coleman said Discover DC that members of the protest were told by individuals at this location in Petro that they “were not going to do a favor to anyone supporting the convoy”.
“It really pissed me off,” he said. “About an hour and a half later I started getting text messages that the company was involved in this and it had nothing to do with them.”
Coleman explained that the Petro is a franchise, not a company store, and that an investigation by company officials is ongoing.
In a statement to National Transport Network (TNN)a TA-Petro spokesperson called claims that the store refused service “unequivocally false.”
“TA-Petro is and has always been proud to serve all professional drivers and remains committed to our mission and our belief that we can get every traveler back on the road better than they came,” said Tina Arundel, Senior Director of Communications. TNN.
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An employee on site, who spoke to TNN on condition of anonymity, also vehemently denied claims that the store refused to provide services.
“I don’t know how this rumor started,” the employee said.