Apple, Google Shuttle Buses Attacked, Windows Broken

Gwen Vasquez
January 19, 2018

Apple and Google are re-routing employee shuttle buses after numerous coaches were attacked this week.

Major tech companies such as Apple and Google provide free shuttle services for their employees to transport them from San Francisco to their respective offices in Silicon Valley. At least one of the buses only had the outer pane of its double-paned windows broken. It was alleged that someone has shoot out the windows using pellet guns or possibly throwing rocks. The initial attack took place previous Friday, followed by four more on Tuesday, according to an email sent to the company's staff.

A police officer shouts for demonstrators to move out of the path of a Google shuttle bus in San Francisco in 2014.

The incidents involving the Apple and Google buses were confirmed by California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel.

Montiel said that he could not be sure that the attack was targeted at Apple as the buses are unmarked. At least five of the iPhone-maker's shuttles have recently had their windows smashed while in transit.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents, but the CHP is taking this very seriously and are out patrolling for whoever is responsible because this is a very reckless thing to do. Montiel said he had received no reports that other company buses or private vehicles had been targeted.

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For employee safety, Apple has re-routed the shuttles until they can deal with the problem, avoiding highway 280. Apple buses are silver, Google buses are white, and Facebook buses are blue.

The current attacks all took place on Highway 280 with reports suggesting Apple is now diverting its buses from that road, adding 30 to 45 minutes to the commute.

At this point, it's unclear who is behind the attacks.

The email, which was obtained by Mashable, went on to say that Apple is "working closely with law enforcement to investigate these incidents". "It's not like they are hidden".

The attacks are likely part of a protest against tech-company-led gentrification in the San Francisco area.

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