Russian troops occupying the Ukrainian city of Melitopol stole nearly $5 million of farm vehicles from a John Deere dealership and shipped some of them more than 700 miles to Chechnya, CNN reported, only to find they had been rendered useless by a remote-locking system that prevented the thieves from turning the equipment on.
Two compound harvesters, valued at $300,000 each, as well as 27 other tractors, seeders, and additional pieces of equipment were stolen from the dealership. But the remote access technology of the equipment, which allows for GPS tracking and some of the vehicles to be remotely operated, prevented them from being used.
“When the invaders drove the stolen harvesters to Chechnya, they realized that they could not even turn them on, because the harvesters were locked remotely,” a source familiar with the incident told CNN.
Your reminder that the Russian military has a centuries-old tradition of rape and looting. What for other armies are crimes committed in uniform, for the Russians is simply a reward.
And I would not praise the forethought of John Deere for two reasons: They will use this as example why people do not have the right to fix the equipment they bought from them and two, the software used by farmers to bypass the locks used by John Deere and be able to repair the machines paid with their own effing money come from that part of the world.
Those harvesters will be up and running in no time.
Hat Tip Zeigfriedwhiffle