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Buses carrying tech workers targeted outside San Francisco

Buses carrying tech workers targeted outside San Francisco

Apple and Google shuttle buses, used for carrying employees from San Francisco to their out-of-town headquarters, have been subjected to a series of suspected pellet gun attacks over the past several days.

The occupied buses' windows were hit and shattered by what might have been "rubber rounds" fired from afar, according to a Mashable report.

The report quoted Montiel as saying that if someone has targeted the buses, they will be on screen soon; they can not hide themselves for so long.

"There is nothing confirmed but it is suspected that a pellet gun (or rocks) might have been used in these incidents", the email to the employees said.

The shuttles are unmarked, but double-decker buses are ubiquitous in the San Francisco Bay Area and have become a symbol of gentrification.

Apple's decision to build a data center in Reno in 2012 kickstarted a wave of big-name tech projects coming to the Reno area, as well as a new approach to economic development.

Mashable noted there has been anti-bus sentiment in San Francisco, with activists blaming them for driving up rent in neighbourhoods that include stops for technology company bus routes. The memo went on to note that bus routes will be temporarily diverted away from I-280, the highway on which the incidents occurred.

The tech giants operate free shuttle services between San Francisco and their offices in Silicon Valley, at least an hour's drive south.




Apple reported the incidents to the police with the description of a suspect.

"We're not certain what caused the damage at this time, but we're not ruling anything out", CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

While the exact method by which the buses are being attacked remains unclear, that fact that real damage has been done is not.

(NASDAQ:AAPL)'s charter buses are targeted as well.

During 2013 and 2014 protests, demonstrators hurled rocks at the buses, slashed their tires and taped signs with profanity on them.

"These buses transport employees for these companies so they are usually full".

Company officials did not respond to an email requesting comment Thursday.


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