Former employee steals industrial loader & destroys 50 vans after ramming gate at Mercedes-Benz factory in Spain
Revenge is a dish best served cold. A former factory worker went on a wrecking spree in a stolen mechanical digger at a Mercedes-Benz factory in Spain, causing millions of euro in damage, four years after having left the company.
On Thursday night, a giant machine rammed the gates of a car factory in Vitoria – the main city of the Basque Country in northern Spain – and started smashing brand-new Mercedes vans in the parking lot with its massive shovel.
The wrecking spree went on for several minutes and only came to a stop after a security guard fired a warning shot in the air. It left around 50 vehicles damaged beyond repair, with photos on social media showing vans crumpled and placed of top of each other.
Un ex-trabajador de la Mercedes en Vitoria destroza más de 50 furgonetas con una excavadora tras ser despedido. pic.twitter.com/TePDO8A5jr— Aleks ☭ (@alekssef) January 2, 2021
The police arrived and arrested the perpetrator, who the local media described as a “distinguished former Mercedes-Benz worker.” The 38-year-old man was reportedly employed at the factory between 2016 and 2017.
He now faces charges of criminal damage, while the incident is being investigated as a “work-related revenge attack.” The German company and its former employee apparently didn’t part on good terms, since he was clearly still holding a grudge four years later.
The attack also seems to have been carried out in cold blood: the man stole the JCB at a construction site in the town of Legutiano, located 21 kilometers away from Vitoria. The long drive – which, according to police, also caused damage to public roads – would have provided the grudge-bearer with more than enough time to think his actions over.Also on rt.com Naked & not afraid: WATCH man wreak havoc at Moscow train station in his birthday suit
Mercedes-Benz said that the cost of the rampage is in the “millions.” But sources cited by local media provided more precise numbers, estimating the damage at between €2 million and €5 million.
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