When Percy was late one day, Cranky suggested that "perhaps a lorry" could do his work. True to his word, three red, incredibly rude lorries arrived the next day. They called Percy a "little green goblin on wheels", insulted Thomas and James, and told Toby to "toodle off to a museum". Of course, all three got their comeuppance in due course: One fell off a mountainside, one broke down after being overloaded with flour, and one reversed into the sea. They were sent away, but not before being nicknamed "Smashed" by Thomas. He was only sold covered in moss.