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Arrow Trucking: Is this any way to lay off workers?

The layoff notice? Arrow Trucking gas cards no longer work at the pump, leaving some drivers stranded hundreds of miles from home.

A worker loads pipes onto a flatbed truck in a file image taken in April. Flatbed operator Arrow Trucking shut down operations Tuesday, cutting off its drivers' gas cards and telling them to return their rigs in exchange for bus tickets home.

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[Editor's note: This article was updated and a quote was replaced to more accurately reflect the state of the trucking industry.]
Layoffs are a fact of life in this economy, but there are humane ways to do it. Then there's the Arrow Trucking method.

The Tulsa, Okla., trucking company stopped payment on the gas cards of its drivers, leaving some of them stranded Tuesday around the United States, miles from home. No explanation on the website. No one at the company answering phones.

The 200 or so employees at Arrow Trucking's headquarters were told to pack up their belongings and go home Tuesday morning, according to the Tulsa World.

The only acknowledgement was a brief recorded message on the company's main phone number, asking drivers of its Freightliner and Kenworth trucks to turn their rigs in to the nearest dealer and to call a special hotline to arrange for a bus ticket home. Drivers of the company's Navistar trucks were told to call back for more information.

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