The case of the missing Fun Fun Fun Fest golf cart

The recently celebrated Fun Fun Fun Fest is, as any live music fan knows, the most off-the-wall music weekend in Austin. Taco cannons. Luchadores. Intergalactic jazz odysseys, twerking lessons and Grimes: Everything is just a little weirder in Auditorium Shores in November.

That’s why, amid the photos of skate ramps, mosh pits and marriage proposals, one picture posted to the fest’s Instagram account Nov. 10 stood out. Apparently, a golf cart went missing from the fest and was later found outside of Side Bar.

The gram’s caption reads:

Just wanted to let everyone know that we found our missing golf cart safe and sound. It disappeared from Auditorium Shores Sunday night and we thought our little buddy was lost forever. Apparently, someone drove it to Sidebar for a post fest nightcap. Although this may not be legal and we don’t condone any of this sort of behavior, we would like to compliment the culprit on their taste in bars, and thank them for supporting the#defendredriver neighborhood.

Amid the post-fest scramble, organizers found out the cart was missing via text message.

“It put an interesting cap on the weekend for sure,” a FFF representative said in an email. “Yes, the cart was rented festival property, so while it sounds humorous, this was an act of theft, and is being handled as such.”

According to the festival, the golf cart was found by employees of Side Bar and was in fine condition.

“We definitely reported it missing, since it was technically stolen property,” the rep said.  Police are aware of the theft and who stole it, according to the festival.

Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on Friday November 6, 2015, at at Auditorium Shores. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)
Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on Friday November 6, 2015, at at Auditorium Shores. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)

Though the theft was no laughing matter, a missing golf cart found outside a bar does seem like something out of a tell-all rock ‘n’ roll biography. On a scale of 1-10, how metal is this case of a purloined vehicle?

The festival’s rep says, “I hope (the thief is) ready to pay for the ‘Damage, Inc.’ That’s what you get for ‘Breaking the Law.’  We don’t want to sound like some Emperor, telling people what they can and can’t do, but we’re not happy about it, as someone could have been hurt and stealing from local businesses is lame. On a scale of Poison being weak metal and Slayer being awesome metal, we’d give him or her a ‘Devil Wears Prada,’ at best.”

Never change, Fun Fun Fun. See you next year. In the meantime, relive this year’s fest with a video recap.

Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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