If you had your heart set on a personalized Grand Sport or Z06 versions of the C7 Chevy Corvette, then you may want to act fast. The limited production of these highly coveted cars means that the books will close (for good) this week. Plus, most of their other variants will be shown the door in the next few weeks, too.
The C7 Chevy Corvette Is Going
We already know that orders for the ZR1 variation of the C7 Chevy Corvette were cut off at the end of May, meaning that only those who had placed their order in time would be getting their hands on one. However, now the Z06 and the Grand Sport are about to wrap up, too. It’s believed that those who want one can only get theirs through a dealer by the end of this week. After that, it’s too late. However, there will still be other variations available to buy for the next few weeks.
Only The Personalized Ones
Luckily, these dates are only applicable to those who were hoping to get their hands on a special-order, personalized C7 Chevy Corvette. If you don’t mind grabbing yourself a standard version, then you’ll still be able to buy one straight off the dealer’s lot. In fact, it seems as though some dealers have been struggling to shift the standard C7s, with plenty offering huge discounts just to get rid of them. If you don’t want all of the bells and whistles, then you could still get yourself a G7 and save yourself some money in the process.
Auctioning The Last
General Motors are planning to auction off the very last C7 Chevy Corvette to be built on June 28, if you’d rather hang around for that one. It’s a gorgeous black Z06 that comes with a 3LZ trim package. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which raises money for critically injured service members and first responders.
It’s believed that the C8 will be launched mid-July, and this highly-anticipated car might not hang around as quickly as the C7. So, it all depends, do you want to wait?
Farmer Gets Revenge On People Parking Illegally On His Land, Then The Cops Show Up And Side With Him
When people kept parking their cars on this farmer’s land, he grew angry. His warnings were brushed off, so he got fed up and decided to do something about it.
Farm Or Parking Lot?
The hero of our story, Davao, is the owner of the farm everyone apparently assumed was a fantastic parking lot. Even though he has depended on his plot of land and its mineral-rich soil for his livelihood for some time, once a week everything he worked so hard for would come under threat. When he decided to take revenge on these illegal parkers, he would soon get his 15 minutes of fame.
One Angry Farmer
Farming is no easy work. Despite significant improvements in farming methods, farmers still have to wake up early in the morning and do physical labor all day long. So imagine how annoying it would be for someone to park their car on your farm…
Sheer Number Of Shoppers
It seems that each year since Bedekovic’s village was integrated into Zagreb, more and more Zagreb residents come out to sift through the junk at the flea market, looking for a steal. For many in the once-small village that is now part of the much larger Zagreb municipality, the massive weekly influx of people looking for stuff to buy represents financial stability and prosperity. But for local farmers such as Bedekovic who don’t sell their crops at the local flea market, the masses are much more of an annoyance.
Not So Happy
In addition to the sheer number of visitors descending upon the small town, residents of Jakuševac have to deal with a lot of cars. There just isn’t enough space to park in the area provided for shoppers to park. Much to Bedekovic’s consternation, his farm is located right by the flea market, unfortunately. Motorists perceive this to be a prime location to leave their vehicles as they meander down the stalls and booths of the flea market, looking for bargains. Seeing Bedekovic’s farm, we can’t blame them.
On The Outskirts Of Town
Long before Bedekovic ever owned a farm near Zagreb, the area was controlled by many different civilizations, beginning with the Romans. Zagreb, made up of several different settlements in the area, was the largest Croatian city by the 19th century. As Yugoslavia crumbled after the Soviet Union fell, Croatia declared independence in 1991 – this was the year that Bedekovic’s village was integrated into the Zagreb municipality, which not everyone was thrilled about because of what was located there…
Bedekovic’s land is quite sprawling, so what’s the harm in leaving a car on his land for a few hours? Well, for one, it’s not public parking. In fact, Bedekovic has made it clear time and time again that he does not want shoppers to use his farmland as a Sunday parking lot, and for good reason. While people generally perceive cars to pose a danger only when they are in motion and not when they are parked, for farmers like Bedekovic the opposite is true…
After the video of Bedekovic’s revenge went viral, some criticized him for going too far and severely punishing people for a very minor transgression. While trespassing on a farm that stretches for a good many acres isn’t the worst imaginable offense against the farmer, leaving vehicles on good farmland is. Cars spew out many toxic chemicals both during and after transit, so leaving vehicles over soil can quickly ruin fertile soil and turn it into a place where nothing will grow.
Threatening His Livelihood
Seeing as Bedekovic is a farmer, his very livelihood depends on the crops that he grows on his land. This is of particular concern to farmers in Jakuševac, as the neighborhood is also the home to the biggest landfill in Zagreb. While advancements in technology have made it so that fewer toxins are leaked into the surrounding soil and groundwater, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) all landfills leak, eventually. This means it is only a matter of time before the Jakuševac landfill begins affecting its surroundings.
Indeed, one of the greatest threats to the soil around landfills is leachate, a liquid that forms when rainwater filters down through the packed-down waste in the landfill. Toxins are absorbed by the water, and soon enough chemicals such as methane, carbon dioxide, acids, alcohols, aldehydes, and more are dissolved in the water. This liquid then taints the groundwater buried deep underground. For farmers, though, the danger is that these toxins can enter their soil and poison crops, making their farm barren of anything that grows.
Seeing as his crops are already at serious risk because of the landfill nearby, the presence of cars on his property every single week presents another threat to the crops Bedekovic is trying to grow on his land. He tried to be polite and firm with those who come and visit his town, but each week more cars parked on his land, very likely poisoning his soil. If they didn’t stop soon, his crops wouldn’t grow. He would need to adopt another strategy to deter them from parking there…
In the beginning of the viral video, Bedekovic’s property is shown with cars parked in two rows like every Sunday, right by the main road. Suddenly, Bedekovic appears, ready to exact his vengeance on the owners of all those cars poisoning his land, but what did he have in mind? Did he tow the cars away and toss them in the creek? Although they deserved a punishment like that for possibly poisoning his land, what he ended up doing was the best revenge…
Plowing The Fields
After spending a lot of time and energy asking people kindly to get off his property, Bedekovic got in his red tractor and turned the ignition. He was going to plow the fields, but this time not so the soil would be ready for a new crop. As people looked on in wonder, Bedekovic made another pass in between the rows of cars. People wondered just what in the world he was doing, doing farm work on Sunday. Soon, though, they figured out exactly what he was doing…
Vengeance For The Tillerman
To be fair, not that many people had gathered to see what was going on. Nothing really seemed amiss, as a farmer has every right to start his tractor and begin tilling his own fields. Back and forth he went, making sure all the soil was good and turned. What made everyone stop and stare, though, wasn’t some ridiculous new fruit or vegetable he was trying to grow. Soon enough, everyone was gathering because of the hullabaloo going on over at the Bedekovic farm.
Can’t Get Out
It soon became clear that the ground he was tilling couldn’t be driven on. The owner of a silver Peugeot sedan that had gotten into her car was trying to leave but couldn’t. She never dreamed when she left her car on Bedekovic’s farmland that she wouldn’t be able to get it out. Her tires were getting stuck in the freshly turned soil. How dare he trap these good shoppers! Passersby pointed out that their business floats the economy of the entire community. Soon enough, the police arrived…
When the cops arrived, they saw that the vehicles were stuck and couldn’t exit the premises. Normally, this sort of violation would be at least a citation for obstruction of traffic, but would they sympathize with Bedekovic? On one hand, it was his property; on the other hand, these good customers were what ensured the livelihood of the town itself by supporting the flea market financially. After speaking with the woman, they walked over to Bedekovic to have a word.
Well Within His Rights
In the end, the police had to respect the rule of law. These people were parking on his property without permission; he had every right to till his land whenever – but that’s not all. He had a fundamental right to protect what was his, especially when he depended on his land to make a living. After exchanging a few words with the farmer, they turned and walked away without giving him a ticket. In fact, Bedekovic didn’t even get a warning…
Seriously Struggling To Move
The woman in the silver Peugeot backed up, went forward, broke left, and broke right — but she was stuck. Although she had started off in fairly good control of her vehicle, the closer she got to the road, the less she was able to maneuver her car. In the end, one of the police officers offered to take her place behind the steering wheel so the Peugeot could finally be out on the road again, but would he be able to?
The woman’s car was at the mercy of the farmer, and it seemed that not even the police officer would be able to steer the car out of there. Even if he got his revenge, Bedekovic isn’t a vindictive man, thankfully. He realized that she had learned her lesson by getting so frustrated. In addition, she looked like a huge fool that had gotten what was coming to her. Without further ado, Bedekovic flattened the land to make a path for her to get out. But would she get a ticket for illegal parking?
Soon after the incident, videos of what happened began going viral. One YouTube user praising Bedekovic wrote, “People are just so selfish sometimes… Good that you [taught] them a lesson.” While there were people that criticized him, saying he should have posted a sign, the property was quite clearly farmland, with straw strewn all along. Indeed, the vast majority of people responded that the farmer was right. Some of these, however, thought he would have been wise to alter his strategy just a little tiny bit…
$100 A Pop?
Several YouTubers thought he should have taken the opportunity to make a little bit of extra money. “Sorry, but he should have just let them park, cordoned off the area, and then charged 100 bucks for the parking,” one YouTuber wrote. “Heck, he could have put chains on their tires or something.” While that is certainly an option, using this land for parking would have grave consequences for any crop he would try to grow on that soil in the future — and this wasn’t lost on the good people of YouTube.
Don’t Forget The Toxins
“For those advocating the parking: just think rationally for one second, these cars are ruining the aggregate of the soil, and the toxins from the car can leach into the ground,” another person wrote. Indeed, Bedekovic has enough to deal with maintaining the integrity of the soil as it is. The last thing he needs, particularly on Sunday, the one day in the week he takes a break, is to worry about his farm because people are trespassing. The cops should have realized he could have reacted much worse.
One YouTuber watching the video recalled a story he knew from a long time ago where someone responded to a similar situation. “Had a neighbor that got tired of this when I was younger. He built a fence around about 20 cars over the course of a day with ALL of his farm hands,” he wrote. “People came outside to barbed wire around their cars.” That’s much harsher than Bedekovic, as he didn’t put up a fence that the illegal parkers might cut themselves on.
Just Drag ‘Em
The story made its way to Reddit as well, where one Redditor shared what he and his family did on their farm when people did something similar. “We usually just put a chain under them and drag them if we can,” he said. “But if there’s nowhere to pull them or the wheels are turned and locked, we get the loader out.” At least what Bedekovic was doing didn’t involve towing and possibly damaging the illegally parked vehicle!
After getting the car out for the woman, the cops that showed up to respond to the complaint could have given the woman a ticket. It was well within Bedekovic’s rights to sue every single one of the drivers who parked illegally on his farm. It’s hard to imagine that judge wouldn’t side with him, as a thriving agricultural sector is key to the success and prosperity of a nation. And these illegally parked cars threatened the survival of his farm. Would there be any further action?
Most Perfect Revenge
In the end, the police just turned and left. Bedekovic doesn’t have an interest in going to court or antagonizing anyone else. Indeed, he’s well aware that the prosperity of his fellow Jakuševic residents depends on the weekly visits. That being said, he finally got the point across that some boundaries are not to be crossed. As the clip ends, Bedekovic can be seen riding into the distance with his red tractor. All the while, uncontrollable laughter breaks out from the crowd that formed to see a farmer get his perfect revenge.
Will They Come Back?
In the end, unless Bedekovic puts up a fence preventing cars from entering from the road, he will continue getting trespassers on his farmland. Be that as it may, well-informed shoppers will know to avoid his property if they want to get back home with what they bought in the car they came in. Now that Bedekovic has seen this method succeed and deter other drivers, he’s likely to employ it again in the event someone parks their vehicle on his property.
The Bedekovic farm is situated on the outskirts of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and its most populous city. Much of Croatia is on the Adriatic coast, but Zagreb is located quite far away from the sea. Its unique name has an uncertain origin; however, according to Croatian folklore, the name comes from the verb “za-grab,” which means to dig. It’s funny that the name has to do with digging, as it foreshadowed how Bedekovic ultimately got his revenge on the annoying parkers.
Although Zagreb is Croatia’s most populous city, much of Bedekovic’s neighborhood, Jakuševac, is uninhabited. It is over 1,000 acres large, and yet only about 2,000 people live there. The largest landfill in Zagreb is located in Jakuševac, so it’s not as if there is half an acre of land for each person, but it does mean that there is enough space for Bedekovic’s farm. And along with the farm and the landfill, Jakuševac is also the home of the largest used car market and a Sunday-only flea market, meaning each week people come looking for a bargain, and a parking space…