Monday, 25 June, 2018

Attacks on Apple and Google employee shuttles prompt rerouting

Apple shuttle buses rerouted following suspected attacks Buses for Apple employees 'attacked' with pellet guns, company suspects
Doris Mccormick | 19 January, 2018, 01:30

However, according to a Guardian report, the companies are identifiable by the colors of the buses: white for Google, silver for Apple and blue for Facebook (fb).

Five different charter buses had their windows smashed in one day.

Tech workers traveling to and from work on January 16 were startled when unknown objects - possible rocks or pellet guns, according to the CHP - struck their vehicles and broke windows.

There have been several such attacks on the morning and evening commutes to and from Apple headquarters in the Californian city of Cupertino.

Shuttles run by Apple and Google in the San Francisco area have always been plagued by locals' expressions of resentment.

California Highway Patrol confirmed that the incidents took place.

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Montiel added that he could not be sure that the attack was targeted at Apple as the buses are unmarked.

"We're not certain what caused the damage at this time, but we're not ruling anything out", CHP officer Art Montiel told NBC News. At least four separate shuttles are said to have suffered broken windows while driving on 280. "This change in routes could mean an additional 30-45 minutes of commute time in each direction for some riders", the tech giant said in e-mail, seen by Mashable.

One of the emails noted that "There is nothing confirmed but it is suspected that a pellet gun might have been used in these incidents". However, no injuries have been reported.

Why are the buses being attacked?

"Due to recent incidents of broken windows along the commute route, specifically on highway 280, we're re-routing coaches for the time being", Apple wrote in a Tuesday email to employees. "We're working closely with law enforcement to investigate these incidents and we'll notify you as soon as the coaches are able to return to the regular route", read the email, by Mashable. "It's not like they are hidden", Montiel told The Guardian. Four years ago, Google buses were attacked in protests against gentrification and increasing living costs amplified by the presence of tech companies.

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