Last week, I was sitting in my living room watching a M*A*S*H marathon on TV, and a strange car pulled in my driveway. I live out in the sticks, and am also set back fairly far from the road. If a car pulls in my driveway, I notice right away. And like most Mainers, I have a healthy amount of xenophobia. So when I see an odd car pull in, I immediately get defensive, hahaha.

My WTF meter was going off the charts when I saw someone start to get out of the car. Immediately I figured some all-too-ambitious sales rep of some kind was coming to hassle me. Especially when I saw a box in his hand. When he knocked on the door, I was about to deliver my 'I'm not interested' speech, but he just handed me a box and walked away.

Turns out, according to News Center Maine, with all this crazy demand for packages to get where they're going this holiday season, UPS has hired some seasonal help, and those folks are using their personal vehicles to deliver packages. Here's what UPS had to say about it:

...during the peak holiday season, some jobs are conducted by seasonal employees who drive their own personal vehicles. For many, that provides flexibility that they enjoy, and in turn, helps UPS balance the increased workload. These drivers wear the traditional UPS uniform, are specially trained, and their vehicles are confirmed to be appropriate for their routes.

So the moral of this story is, maybe it's time to ease up on the dismay at someone pulling in your driveway. At least you know if it's this time of year, there's a good chance you'll actually want to talk to them. They might just be holding a box that has everything you've ever wanted.

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