Unbelievable bullshit

Hugo Stiglitz

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This is fucking unbelievable. So I got a call from my brother Friday afternoon to come out to the farm because there's trouble. I get there and come to find out that this man our family has done business with for years is a fucking crook.

I can't mention names but my father dealt with this guy when I was a kid. He deals in farm and other equipment, new and used. I remember this guy eating at our dinner table when I was in junior high school.

So anyway turns out he's been selling stolen equipment and my dad and brother bought some of it. Cops showed up looking for a generator (my brother bought it about 3 months ago) and a large rototiller blade (my dad bought about a year and a half ago). About 14 grand worth. They were asking all kinds of questions about how we got it, etc.

I can only guess this asshole got into stolen equipment because business was bad as we've bought from him for a long long time and never had a problem. His ass is in jail now pending a bond hearing. My brother spent all day Saturday unhooked the generator and getting the CB ready to go as they're picking them up tomorrow.

What's worse is not only is the farm out 14 grand, but we now are out a backup generator and a CB.

Double fucked because some asshole decided to start dealing in stolen equipment. You just can't trust fucking anybody anymore.
 

Hugo Stiglitz

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I'm wondering if there's a chance he didn't know it was stolen.

Maybe someone traded in a stolen piece of equipment on a new one or something like that?
No man it dosn't work that way. It's pretty much exactly like cars. Each piece of equipment has its own serial number and is registered to you when you buy it. Unless its a very old piece of equipment like 30 years old or something then when you trade it in just like a car they run the serial number to make sure it's been paid off and stuff.

The generator was only 3 years old so he had to know when he sold it that something was up with it. I mean by law he had to run that serial number and make sure it was above board. Clearly he didn't because when you report shit stolen the first thing you do is pull out your sales slip and read off the serial numbers so police can identify it if they ever find it. Farm equipment is really expensive. It's as big a business stealing the shit as it is cars and such.

The only thing I can think is that it being a smaller piece of equipment that nobody would ever notice. The CB was rather large but it was 8 years old. I can only guess he was moving so much shit he got caught by volume alone. Either that or he fucked up and sold a big money item like an actual combine that was stolen and that's what got his ass busted and they figured the rest out as they went through his books.
 

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The only thing I can think is that it being a smaller piece of equipment that nobody would ever notice. The CB was rather large but it was 8 years old. I can only guess he was moving so much shit he got caught by volume alone. Either that or he fucked up and sold a big money item like an actual combine that was stolen and that's what got his ass busted and they figured the rest out as they went through his books.

These days it could have been a software lock broken that made the connection.
 

Zeedox

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Go ask any farmer what John Deere and others have done to taking care of your own equipment. You can not even change the freaking oil without the manufacture being involved due to software lock outs.

It's one of the driving factors in the "right to repair" legislations floating around.


The ability to maintain their own equipment is a big deal to farmers. When it’s harvest time and the combine goes kaput, they can’t wait several days for John Deere to send out a repair technician. Plus, farmers are a pretty handy bunch. They’ve been fixing their own equipment forever. Why spend thousands of dollars on an easy fix? But as agricultural equipment gets more and more sophisticated and electronic, the tools needed to repair equipment are increasingly out of reach of the people who rely on it most. That’s amplified by the fact that John Deere (and the other equipment companies represented by the Far West Equipment Dealers Association) have been exploiting copyright laws to lock farmers out of their own stuff.
 
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Hugo Stiglitz

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These days it could have been a software lock broken that made the connection.
No man. That's not the deal. I'm not talking about a high end tractor. The only one we've got with that on it is an International Harvester.

I'm talking about a generator like this one

And a plow like this one

They don't have that shit in them.