Shipping Overload

CitizenShipper CitizenShipper · Updated: March 20, 2023 / Published: November 11, 2014
A photo of Sam H.'s Datsun overloaded with bushels of coffee from the Port of San Diego.
A photo of Sam H.’s Datsun overloaded with bushels of coffee from the Port of San Diego.

While many CitizenShipper drivers have logged several miles and know their limitations, a handful of them will take on just about any cargo.

Connecticut resident Sam H., a full-time hotel clerk, recently discovered the freedom and extra cash CitizenShiper offers. The only issue was the 1976 Datsun pickup truck he used for deliveries.

“The cross-town deliveries of tires and easy chairs weren’t bad,” said he wife, Sarah. “But when he started hauling boats and towing cars, something had to give.”

It gave last week when Sam H. broke the Datsun’s driveshaft while hauling a load of chickens, which escaped to all corners of the interstate and caused traffic headaches for hours.

“Sam joined CitizenShipper last March,” said Sarah. “It started off with him just making local runs, but then it became an obsession. He got a kick out of delivering oversized cargo with a truck that shouldn’t have been on the road.

“I asked him why he didn’t just buy another used truck and he, ‘Look, I’m trying to make money, not spend it.’”

Sam H.’s son, Bobby, was driving on the interstate when he saw his father trying to corral the escaped chickens.

“It was crazy,” Bobby said. “ I was coming home from work and I see my dad’s truck on the side on the highway and he’s chasing chickens everywhere. I’m glad he didn’t recognize me, ‘cause there was no way I was stopping to help.”

We reached out to Sam for comment but he was at the junkyard trying to find a driveshaft for his decrepit Datsun.