'In the Land of Hell': Life as a Female Trucker in North Dakota | Op-Docs | The New York Times
In the Land of Hell Life as a Female Trucker in North Dakota Op Docs The New York Times

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A young woman, lured to North Dakota for a truck-driving job in the oil industry, shares her agonizing existence in an isolated boomtown. Subscribe on YouTube: http://bit.ly/U8Ys7n During the oil boom in North Dakota a lot of people went out there looking for work. Some of them hoping to make their fortune. This young woman didn't have the same experience as some of her peers. Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1dtkWbG --------------------------------------------------------------- Want more from The New York Times? Watch more videos at: http://nytimes.com/video Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nytvideo Twitter: https://twitter.com/nytvideo Instagram: http://instagram.com/nytvideo Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch. On YouTube. 'In the Land of Hell': Life as a Female Trucker in North Dakota | Op-Docs | The New York Times http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNewYorkTimes

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Susan Vue : Welcome to the life of a man

Matias Rivas : I’m a trucker too I’m a man I’ve done long haul for 8 years I’m since 21 doing flatbed all over the us and I’m telling u it’s not easy it takes a very strong minded person to do long haul so I give her props and respect I know men are saying no one makes a video about us but hey I’m not gonna cry about it I did my job for my family and I respect her for doing the same be safe out there and God bless

ButteredTank : Millions of men drive trucks tirelessly: Silence One woman drives trucks: Everyone wants to know how it’s like

DOUGLAS ANDERSON : you can leave ND there are lots of driving jobs that pay very well and it in not as cold

brad h : The film failed to point to the reason that things aren't working out as planned. Is it lack of work? Is it that the compensation isn't adequate? Why doesn't she go back south? Why hasn't she talked to her parents in so long? Are they not able to buy her fuel to get back? Has she refused to go back? I don't know the purpose of this film.

rockit730 : I didn't see her drive a single truck. Oh wait. A Dodge Ram 2500/3500 diesel? Really? I wonder if the NYT realizes that this is NOT what most people would consider when you describe the subject of your article as a Female....Trucker.

justcallme... : If she has a CDL and at least a year of driving experience with a good driving record she could find a better job. MUCH better.

Felix Niederhauser : For things to change,you have to change. Stop blaming others for the choices you make.

Dallas : Lol, Don't come here then... ND is not for the mentally weak in the winter time.

Bauks : Ya now try it with 3 kids and a wife waiting at home for a check to eat with.

Myles Traeger : Equality sucks doesn't it. Welcome to my world. That real work that makes the world function is back breaking and mind bending.

pennise : She drives a pick-up pulling a trailer. She is not a trucker; she's a parts chaser.

No Way : Welcome to life outside the bubble.

Ruud : That would be my dream: that my wife becomes a truck driver and is away from home for a long time

igotanM16 : Only the New York Times would call a female driving a 3500 series pickup with a gooseneck hitch a "Trucker" lmao. Try jumping into a CDL type truck.

Will Marshall : Last time I checked, its a free market economy with no binding labor contracts forcing you to work in a particular industry.

Water Proof : 6 minutes I'll never get back

Joseph Cogean jr : Trucker??? Lmao in a pickup hahaha cry me a river

Dennis Nedry : Do you even daddy issues girl??? Want a mans job man up

Joe Orozco : Hey I'm hiring one good driver. Based out of Tennessee. Much nicer weather

Randy Mac : I was up there for around 2 years. Not the oil fields but building gas plants. $1000 a week on hotel. 5 bucks a gallon on gas. 6 dollars for a gallon of milk. Working in -52 degree weather. Well you get the picture. And my feet will never touch that state again..... PERIOD

Kovačević Dobrina : Cute lady. Needs to move to Texas or Georgia and be a trucker. She will regret it one day if she stays.

The King's Servant : I know a guy who went out there looking for big money, found it and then found out that for even a small crap apartment the rent was 2500 a month. Yeah, he jumped right back on the buss and came home. People seem to forget that in a area where big money is going out, big money is required to live in that area.

Kidane Tower : Tough girl doing more work than a lot of these guys out here. Hope you find your happiness one day sweetheart

Steve Wurr : U keep your head up high

Mark Rigsby : Stop crying, and buy a GUN!

Sleepy Dub Sneaky : Oatmeal and ketchup? Yuck!!!!!!!

Maitiú R : Driving a one-ton isn't being a "trucker".

jose valladares : Try being homeless in long beach ca

Phyllis Wright : Nothing wrong with independed females that want their own single of not deserve whatever we get earned it

john miller : I like her dog. I have two. Like the little guys.

Quaalude Charlie : With that and a Flying J Card ... You can get Coffee and a Flat Screen TV :) QC

TheSkyline75 : I feel for her. She really should take $.05 to $0.10 caffeine pills rather than a $2.50 to $4.50 per five-hour energy.

Comfortably Dumb : “Living The Dream!” I’m in the Oil Field of Bakken And don’t ever want to wake up.

Nicky Jam : You are pretty, and yes I get you I been in new Mexico and the same with housing. Goodluck better days will come

James Hackman : I'd like to have this same job. I love driving lots.

The Void : I am a female truck driver (I drive a Peterbilt truck with a flatbed trailer.) She could go get a better job if she wanted it. Maybe the people she works for don't drug test... From what I can tell I get paid more, I work for a great company, I get health benefits, paid vacation and more, my company DID fly me out for paid orientation and training, and I know they are not the only company who does that. The people I work for are pleasant to be around and there are many other women driving for them as well. I can't feel the sympathy because I know it's easy to get a good job if you can pass a drug test and you aren't a wimpy crybaby... Maybe she's got some sort of unpleasant record or some reason she can't get a better job. I don't feel sorry for her. There is something they aren't telling us here. She has some personal problems that have nothing to do with her job.

Dennis Looker : Another victim of her own choices.

Emily Shields : Change your job period. Yes I am a woman

jfhow : Makes it sound like driving a truck is her only option in life. An attractive and intelligent woman like her could do much better.

Warroad : Trapped? Go get another job - um, almost anywhere. Guess someone never heard of the driver shortage.

Evad Sel : This is Telegraph's little cut against free markets instead of their beloved socialism, so adored in Cuba that people will risk drowning to escape it.

Tammy Breshears : I never saw a semi truck. Does she have a CDL. I just saw her driving a pickup?

dennis garrett : Good luck miss ! I would hire someone to do computer research and move!

Jay Carlson : I was weighing to see an actual truck and not some 4-wheeler

C Ho : Woe is she. These broads march for "equality," then whine when they get it. You asked for it, sister.

paul Jackson : She driving a pick up truck and you call her a truck driver I dont think so that's a slap in the face to all the hard working real women truckers out there

East End Dayton : If it's so bad, how about putting in your two weeks notice and finding another job? Problem solved.

Allan Kellar : Make up with your parents young lady. Family is everything.