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Quantitative Looting - We're Going To Need A Bigger Forklift

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Following the first quantitative revolutions (of the variety inspired by quantitative easing) in history, we now have the first images of what quantitative looting looks like. If this is any indication of what to expect the next time Waddell and Reeds sells a few extra contracts, we are going to need much bigger forklifts.

From the Daily Mail:

While most looters resort to taking home whatever they can carry in their arms, these Tunisian thieves employed a slightly more enterprising approach… using a forklift truck.

They used the industrial vehicle to pick up one of ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's Ferraris from its parking space and then simply drove off with the supercar dangling from the forks.

One looter riding in the JCB was seen grinning as he sped along a highway in the capital Tunis with the 599 GBB Fiorano, which cost £125,000 when new four years ago.

Leila Trabelsi. the former president's wife, was known for her love of fast cars - the family had more than 50 - and widely despised as the ultimate symbol of corruption and excess.

Dubbed ‘the Imelda Marcos of the Arab world’ the former hairdresser,  53, was also known for her luxury homes and frequent shopping trips to Dubai, during which she is said to have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Easy picking: A looter in a JCB forklift truck drives off with a Ferrari belonging to Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali
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Easy picking: A looter in a JCB forklift truck drives off with a Ferrari belonging to Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali

Thumbs up: Thieves in the truck;s cab show their delight at taking the valuable supercar

Thumbs up: Thieves in the truck's cab show their delight at taking the supercar in Tunisian capital Tunis

 

Finders, keepers: The thieves thought nothing of driving down the road with the Ferrari in broad daylight

Finders, keepers: The thieves thought nothing of driving down the road with the Ferrari in broad daylight

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Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:19 | Link to Comment trav7777
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Ferraris, bitchez!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:26 | Link to Comment NOTW777
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looks like a bentley

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:48 | Link to Comment bonddude
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Shit that IS a Bentley.

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Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:32 | Link to Comment trav7777
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nah, that ain't no bent...599 all the way; gorgeous car

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 13:24 | Link to Comment bonddude
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Guess I don't own one

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 06:24 | Link to Comment spdrdr
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599 GTB, you peasants.

Criminal behaviour......

 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:39 | Link to Comment ReeferMac
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LOL! I'd un-junk you if I could...

Far better than the more ubiquitos  "Bitchez" you hear all the time.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 08:55 | Link to Comment whatz that smell
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don't touch his junk, mac.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 01:00 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Hopefully the day is coming when the gallows are set up here for prop traders, hedge fund managers, the Fed, banksters, The JP Morgue, The Goldman Sack, The Ben Bernank, The Czars and other traitorous scum.  Hang a few racks of HFT servers too.  

Get my JCB loader so I can pick out my 458 Italia.  Gold, silver, and brass bitchez!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:19 | Link to Comment Jendrzejczyk
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Fucking fantastic!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:19 | Link to Comment DisparityFlux
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... and it still has its rims.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:21 | Link to Comment Ruth
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Drop it like it's hot!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:49 | Link to Comment Howard_Beale
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Damn good to see you Ruth!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:19 | Link to Comment hangemhigh
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pump up the jam......old timers back in the mix.... ruth/HB

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 14:27 | Link to Comment Ruth
Sat, 01/29/2011 - 14:19 | Link to Comment Ruth
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Always great to see you too Howard!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:22 | Link to Comment Goldenballs
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Just got to find the cash for the petrfol to drive it.How many Gold bars were lurking in the boot ?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:23 | Link to Comment Atch Logan
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Bring it on.  America needs some of this. 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:05 | Link to Comment gorillaonyourback
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yes we do

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:21 | Link to Comment dogbreath
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wrong  too many guns around

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:25 | Link to Comment gwar5
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Nice car. But can you eat it? And the forklift is worth more!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:29 | Link to Comment cadejludwig
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You cant eat cars silly, or gold... Only Apple and Netflix shares

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:55 | Link to Comment Pool Shark
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You forgot Treasury Notes.

They're particularly tasty with A1 (rated) steak sauce on them.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:36 | Link to Comment Freddie
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I bet that car is fu*ked now.  Ferraris are not designed to be carried on forklifts by looters. 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:04 | Link to Comment gorillaonyourback
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who is the real looters you dumbass ignorant fuck

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:22 | Link to Comment Marge N Call
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Gorilla, I like the way you think. Too bad most people are too dumb to understand you.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 01:16 | Link to Comment Freddie
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I agree.  The corrupt President who "owned" the car is the real looter. However these dumb f*cks are going to destroy something built by craftsmen. 

 

 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:26 | Link to Comment The Navigator
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What kind of car does the Bernank drive?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:39 | Link to Comment Cash_is_Trash
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He's driven in a bulletproof Cadillac.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:15 | Link to Comment Hedge Jobs
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Yeah, but they are not forklift proof

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:48 | Link to Comment 10kby2k
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bernank never passed the drivers test--he doesn't drive

he also has never done a full push up w/o the assistance of his knees

nor has his voice ever altered from monotone

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:53 | Link to Comment Bill Lumbergh
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Aside from the chopper not certain but we may soon find out.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:28 | Link to Comment Logans_Run
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I can hardly wait for this to hit Newport Beach! There are so many friggin Ferraris, Bentleys and other exotics around here.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:34 | Link to Comment Pool Shark
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You want respect?

Drive a clunker down Jamboree on your way to PCH at rush hour: the Aston martins, Bentleys, BMW's, Mercedes, and Ferraris part like the Red Sea...

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:45 | Link to Comment Rainman
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....many top rides bought with bulging HELOCS in the day. Or leased. Crib might be gone but, hey, it's all bout lookin good in the hood. Tip: fire sales everywhere on the exotics in SoCal.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:15 | Link to Comment Absinthe Minded
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You can sleep in your Ferrari, but you can't drive your house!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:26 | Link to Comment Rainman
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An Army division of young unemployed Red Bull gurgling mortgage brokers agree !!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:23 | Link to Comment hangemhigh
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newport....that's my way old hunting grounds.....ferrari's for nothing and your lifts for free....... 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 23:32 | Link to Comment NOTW777
Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:30 | Link to Comment qikbucks
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I am sure he has been contacted by a north Korean buyer by now... that's what I call an extra pair of hands

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:34 | Link to Comment Ruth
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I'll raise ya a Ferrari!

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 02:49 | Link to Comment hidingfromhelis
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Two forks trumps that.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:36 | Link to Comment dryam
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I wonder how long it will take to see a similar scene with someone hauling off a car like mine, a Honda Fit?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:47 | Link to Comment PigsOnTheWing
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DX or LX?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:53 | Link to Comment Cheesy Bastard
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Me and a couple of buddies will just pick it up and throw it in the back of my Tahoe.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:52 | Link to Comment cxl9
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I wonder if the insurance will pay out. Is that covered as theft under a standard comprehensive policy? Or does it fall under "civil unrest" and therefore may not be covered?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:15 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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Insurance are thieves to begin with. They profit because they don't pay out when you need them.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:15 | Link to Comment snowball777
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He'd have to return to Tunisia to collect. That ain't hapennin'

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:52 | Link to Comment steve from virginia
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Forklift is worth more than the car.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:55 | Link to Comment cxl9
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Well, yes. But the forklift can be used to acquire many cars which in aggregate will be worth considerably more than the forklift. Plus, he may have rented that forklift in his name and is responsible for returning it.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:32 | Link to Comment UGrev
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10 worthless fiat dollars says he lifted the lift so he could five finger the Ferarri. I would have! :)

-V

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:53 | Link to Comment cheesewizz
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First dibs on Lloyd Blankfein apartment...

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:54 | Link to Comment EvlTheCat
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I guess when you don't have helicopters a forklift is the next best thing!!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 19:57 | Link to Comment papaswamp
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Oh he is just putting it somewhere safe....

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:00 | Link to Comment Timmay
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Ferrari F599 Fiorano. Beautiful car. Passenger side door might need a little work upon arrival.....

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:09 | Link to Comment PigsOnTheWing
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"It's just a few minor scratches, chief. They'll buff right out."

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:15 | Link to Comment Rainman
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....looks like a cushion dolly against the door. Hope it's a big cushion for the sake of that nice ride. Mindless destruction of beauty and value disturbs me, regardless of owner.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:12 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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Only body damage. They probably need to chop it to fence it.

Cars are usually worth 3x more the sum of their parts. Just scratch out the vin

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:17 | Link to Comment snowball777
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Beauty and value in the hands of corrupt dictators disturbs me more.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:32 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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Then you probably won't want to watch the video of the trashed mansions.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:01 | Link to Comment oddjob
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In the industry its referred to as a Loadall.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:07 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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I mean...  I would leave my ferrari behind for a few tons of gold too...  pick another one up on the cheap in a few months.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:08 | Link to Comment Downtoolong
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I've seen Ferrari's on flatbed tow trucks many times, but, never this. I challenge anyone in marketing at Ferrari corp to somehow spin this photo into a positive advertisement.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:18 | Link to Comment nasa
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"It's a Ferrari with a dent in the door. It will still get you laid."

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:22 | Link to Comment philgramm
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I'll take a shot:

 

"Ferrari, Inflation this muthafucka"  

I bet Ludacris would drop his escalade and cop this in a heartbeat.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:20 | Link to Comment snowball777
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If you have to steal, steal the very best.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:18 | Link to Comment grunk
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Pinks - Lose your presidency, lose your ride.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:23 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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I got mine bitchez!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:26 | Link to Comment Timmay
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How is it that no one is asking if the Forklift is stolen?? My God people, first things first!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:41 | Link to Comment Manny
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I find this so odd and really funny!

Usually Ferrari's make quick gateways not forklifts!

 

 

 

 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:44 | Link to Comment AccreditedEYE
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Details, details... it's a 599 GTB

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:52 | Link to Comment 10kby2k
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the boom of the forklift isn't padded...the car is fucked

 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 20:53 | Link to Comment Miss Expectations
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It's a new reality show...Pimp my Ride Extreme Edition.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:04 | Link to Comment Cheesy Bastard
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Looks kinda silly, a sports car on a forklift.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2570/4029844605_179df747a1.jpg

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:04 | Link to Comment ImNotExposed
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Ah, the Daily Mail. Paragon of impartial and verifiable journalism. Hats off to you, Tyler.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 01:09 | Link to Comment Freddie
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You sound like a leftist wankard who reads the trade unionist shit in the Guardian.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:10 | Link to Comment Misean
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Tunisian Top Gear! Where's Jeremy Clarkson?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:34 | Link to Comment chindit13
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Brings up that age old question that has captured and befuddled the minds of historians and university academics for almost a thousand years.....

What if the Crusaders had had Ferrari's?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:59 | Link to Comment laosuwan
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What if the Crusaders had had Ferrari's?

 

The Muslims today would claim to have invented them

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:48 | Link to Comment robertocarlos
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Why would they steal it like that? It's going to have a dent and paint damage on the side door.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:01 | Link to Comment cowdiddly
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I think he stole the fork truck too. He's riding down the road with the weight way up in the air just dying to flip. Any equipment operator worth his salt knows when you are moving a heavy load with a fork truck, Lower the center of gravity of the load close to the ground before high speed transit. One quick turn or fast stop and its over. I would at least tied the load down. I highly doubt the car will make it in one piece. On a side note the pic looks like its of two Cubans in Miami were that shit happens every day. We don't need no stinkin revolution.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 12:17 | Link to Comment Golden monkey
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GPS located forklift (like most heavy toys).

(So they probably put a fork trough the owner of the lift)

I doubt the monkey holds the device in his pocket to block the GPS signal.

The chiped Ferrari key will probably cost them 6 months salary to order.

Obviously two headless goldless (keyless) monkeys.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:14 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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Drop it off at some piss poor date pickers house and go get ya another one!!!!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:15 | Link to Comment PulauHantu29
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Two Thumbs Up for these guys.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:24 | Link to Comment Buck Johnson
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One of the funniest things I've seen in awhile, and proud of it isn't he. 

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:25 | Link to Comment casey
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Another interesting story in The Guardian:

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jan/28/financial-sector-usa

 

The world is going mad.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:31 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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Don't try to burn people inside buildings. They'll snap on your ass.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:57 | Link to Comment firstdivision
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LO FUCKING L!

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 00:04 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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Hmmm, time to get a forklift and head to the Bernank's house.

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 00:43 | Link to Comment OCTOPVS
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If you were paying attention before today's NASDAQ fiasco/highly televised Egyptian riots/ you already digested this a week ago....next...

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 03:11 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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put aside the Ferrari that JCB is an expensive piece of kit. These Tunis thieves have a serious amount of investment capital in their operations, class 

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 03:30 | Link to Comment atomicwasted
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Start making that Christmas list for when the Feds go down.  I'd like Obama's house in Hawaii and something that's flying around Area 51, alien or not.  

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 05:24 | Link to Comment savagegoose
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i wonder if it has GPS tracking incase of being stolen? id like to see wher eit ends up in 2 years time

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 07:43 | Link to Comment Bigger Dickus
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599 GTB. And it costs considerably more than £130.000

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 11:09 | Link to Comment Calculated_Risk
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Mort Clawback Bitchez!!!

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