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Justin Fuhrmann
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This is the vehicle that delivered my UPS packages today.

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Although hillarious, it appears to be standard practice during the holiday season. Here's an article from 2010.

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/13625801/2010/12/Monday/ups-using...
 
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I figured too it was an efficiency thing. Why drive a large "mother ship" to the destination when you could have a smaller "scout ship" drop it off and not have to worry about parking, turning, maneuvering out of there? Esp. in the photo, looks like a smaller cul-de-sac that would be more cumbersome for a full UPS truck.
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Roberto Lanza
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During the holidays they rent whatever they can find to deliver packages.

Because 90% those trucks would otherwise be idle, they rent during the holidays.

The FedEx guy who delivered to my house today used a van from Enterprise with magnetic FedEx sticker on the side.
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And here I was figuring you'd gone ahead and moved to a Florida retirement community. Golf carts everywhere!
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I've seen plenty of UPS/FedEx using Enterprise style rentals around the holidays but that's a first.
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1. That thing looks incredibly awkward... I find it too easy to imagine it tipping backwards like a seesaw.

2. Golf carts are street legal?
 
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theapostlegreen wrote:
2. Golf carts are street legal?


UPS exists outside of traffic laws. They park in no parking zones, right on red in no right on reds, lefts at no left signs.

This is just a known and accepted thing.

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Geosphere wrote:
theapostlegreen wrote:
2. Golf carts are street legal?


UPS exists outside of traffic laws. They park in no parking zones, right on red in no right on reds, lefts at no left signs.

This is just a known and accepted thing.


Well, yes, many are street legal. Particularly in the pictured case being in a residential area.

That is a hilarious shot though. I've seen the Enterprise/Penske/etc. rentals pressed into service this time of year, but never a golf cart.
 
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theapostlegreen wrote:
1. That thing looks incredibly awkward... I find it too easy to imagine it tipping backwards like a seesaw.

2. Golf carts are street legal? :what:


We live in a pretty small town (like about 2,000 people). We have two stoplights, and one of them is only on when buses are going in and out of the school, so...not a lot of traffic here. There are actually a couple people in town who have golf carts for their own personal (non-golfing) use, just going around town, so seeing a golf cart on the street wasn't all that unusual. Seeing the UPS guy driving it was a little more surprising.
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Catka wrote:
I've seen plenty of UPS/FedEx using Enterprise style rentals around the holidays but that's a first.


Yeah, the UPS guy was here the day before with a U-Haul. I'd never seen a UPS golf cart, though.
 
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theapostlegreen wrote:
1. That thing looks incredibly awkward... I find it too easy to imagine it tipping backwards like a seesaw.


Ditto, but doing a bit of research, the average golf cart weights between 500 and 600 lbs (that's without batteries), so I'd imagine if the delivery was board games, they shouldn't go beyond 50 lbs. Center of gravity is still with the cart
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Gamemanue wrote:
Yeah, the UPS guy was here the day before with a U-Haul. I'd never seen a UPS golf cart, though.


laugh

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Sam and Max wrote:
Gamemanue wrote:
Yeah, the UPS guy was here the day before with a U-Haul. I'd never seen a UPS golf cart, though.


laugh

I wouldn't be surprised if they just took a regular golf cart and modified it laugh (assuming it wouldn't be cheaper to just have them made from the ground up like that)
 
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Sam and Max wrote:
Gamemanue wrote:
Yeah, the UPS guy was here the day before with a U-Haul. I'd never seen a UPS golf cart, though.


laugh


That one doesn't count! It's obviously a promo for the NASCAR sponsorship. Though it seems like it would work in the case of the OP's sighting.
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ackmondual wrote:
theapostlegreen wrote:
1. That thing looks incredibly awkward... I find it too easy to imagine it tipping backwards like a seesaw.


Ditto, but doing a bit of research, the average golf cart weights between 500 and 600 lbs (that's without batteries), so I'd imagine if the delivery was board games, they shouldn't go beyond 50 lbs. Center of gravity is still with the cart


Yeah, I was wondering the same thing... it surely does look precarious, but (as you confirmed) golf carts are heavier than most people probably think.

Thanks to everyone who posted (and PM'd) me to clarify the street legality of golf carts (at least in many jurisdictions!) I learn something new every day!
 
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I remember a thread from last year about Amazon delivery using bicycle couriers pulling wagons of stuff.
 
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I too had UPS delivery by golf cart this morning.
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