Apple and Google have redirected buses that take employees from San Francisco to their headquarters out of town after of a series of possible attacks broke the windows of the vehicles in the last week.
According to Mashable, sources at Apple believe that a stranger assaulted transit buses with rocks, compressed air guns, rubber bullets or something else, although there is still no explanation for the damage coming soon. Mashable received an email explaining that Apple decided to rout the buses quite significantly from their normal routes, that some employees should wait between 30 and 45 minutes of transit time in each direction:
Subject: buses temporarily rerouted
Due to recent incidents of broken windows along the travel route, specifically on Highway 280, we are changing the direction of the coaches for the time being. This change in routes could mean an additional travel time of 30 to 45 minutes in each direction for some passengers.
As always, the safety of our employees is our top priority. We are working closely with the police to investigate these incidents and we will notify you as soon as the coaches can return to the usual route. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
The Apple Commute Team
According to TechCrunch, the damage has occurred on at least five Apple buses traveling "from Highway 280 near Woodside, California" between San Francisco and its Cupertino complex, apparently ruling out the possibility that was accidental. According to SFGate, at least one Google bus suffered similar damage.
According to Mashable, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel confirmed that the agency was investigating reports of an "unknown object" affecting the shuttle's windows, but did not provide additional information. Police told San Francisco Examiner that the buses lack company-specific logos, although other reports indicated that there were no attacks on other bus services such as Greyhound.
"It seems that they are chasing unidentified technology buses," Montiel told SFGate.
Shuttle buses used by numerous high-profile technology companies to transport personnel to and from San Francisco neighborhoods with disparate property prices have long been seen as a symbol of gentrification, and have been repeatedly protested and On occasion they have been vandalized. Not to mention the goal of lawsuits, in the past. As Wired noted in 2016:
The real problem – the reason why the protests will not end forever – is that for many, these private ferries are the symbol of a class war faced by young technology workers rich in effective against San Francisco residents for a long time who are being evicted from their homes by evictions and out of town for astronomical rental rates. (In fact, the 2015 Forbes ranking of the worst cities to rent closed with San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco in the top three)
"Google Bus" has become a synecdoche for "money that boasts of the Tech 2.0 oppressors ". 19659008] It is possible that this is some kind of extremely misguided and dangerous attempt to fight against the lords of Silicon Valley by breaking the bus windows. But the reality is that the reason is not entirely clear at this point, and it's really just luck that no one has been hurt.