The Revolt Begins? Apple, Google Charter Buses Attacked In San Francisco

The last week has seen six charter buses, ferrying Google and Apple employees from Silicon Valley to San Francisco, have been attacked on the freeway, smashing windows with rocks and BB guns.

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Notably, there are no signifiers on the vehicles for the average passerby to really know for what and who they are used, but CHP Officer Art Montiel, who is investigating the matter with other law enforcement officials, says “it appears that they’re going after the unmarked tech buses,” according to SFGate.

 

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As NBC Bay Area reports, some of the buses were headed north, others were headed south, but they all were hit on I-280 between highways 84 and 85, a section of roadway that spans San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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

There's a chance, though, that the buses were shot.

"It could have been a pellet gun, but what we do know is it was not a high-powered rifle or anything like that," Montiel said.

 

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Nearby Greyhound bus services have not reported similar incidents.

“If someone was targeting the buses I’m sure they are going to find them anywhere they go. It’s not like they are hidden,” Montiel told The Guardian.

Speaking to FOX KTVU, Montiel said that this is a serious concern “if this happened to distract the driver – the driver could collide and we could have a multiple vehicle crash at the same time it could cause major injuries to the passengers of the bus and other drivers.”

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Due to the potential targeting, the two tech giants decided to alter the usual routes, causing “an additional 30-45 minutes of commute time in each direction,” according to an email from “The Apple Commute Team” obtained by Mashable.

Tech firms operate free shuttle services between San Francisco and their offices in the Silicon Valley. The service, which is available only to the employees, has long been seen as a symbol of division between the tech workers and everyone else.

 

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Has that division reached a boiling point?

Comments

YUNOSELL Shitonya Serfs Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:04 Permalink

How is it that all these angry people do not know they should target the banks, which are the main source of all the world's problems and probably why they have been evicted from their homes? Wells Fargo has screwed millions of customers with fraud and creating false accounts and yet no one ever seems to target these criminal banks. And even Wells Fargo's World Headquarters (where all the high ups would work who are most responsible for the fraud) is located in San Francisco!! So strange.

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HillaryOdor BlindMonkey Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:39 Permalink

"How is it that all these angry people do not know they should target the banks, which are the main source of all the world's problems"

How is it that you don't know that it is the state which enables the banks, and the people which enable the state?  The problem is people, not banks.  Seems pretty obvious.  Get better people.  Get rid of the state.  Have honest banks.

Or just blame a small minority of people for all the world's problems because that superficial solution has worked so well historically.

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RAT005 HillaryOdor Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:24 Permalink

To clarify, it's the exclusive free shuttle service that is being attacked.  Not the bus, not the riders at a personal level.  It is the privilege that do good Apple/Google is running these shuttle routes but not letting non Apple/Google riders sit in an empty seat.  So the attackers think it is an SJW topic....we should all get what they get...

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Freddie RAT005 Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:32 Permalink

Not exactly.   The Google and Apple employees are gentrifying San Fran and other areas pushing out the artists and poor, etc.   They get a free bus that allows them to commute to work and drive up prices in the Bay area.

Considering the Google and Apple employees by probably 4 to 1 or 5 to 1 are libtards then i am hoping they will resort to napalm soon.

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ed31337 Freddie Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:00 Permalink

One aspect about this story that seems to be glossed over is that Google and Apple employees are USING THE SAME PRIVATE BUSES... Aren't Google and Apple supposed to be COMPETITORS? Seems more like they are left and right arms of one single beast if you ask me. That beast being the US intelligence deep state, of course.

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just the tip ed31337 Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

it's just the way things are post 2K.

i don't know how other airports are, but after 9/11 the rental car desks were moved out of phoenix sky harbor airport to a rental car campus.  all rental cars are housed in a common building with separate parking lots.  the ride to/from the campus from the airport is via common special buses.

neat huh.

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D503 macholatte Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:30 Permalink

Some peasants are better than others, some are just treated better, others are the functioning arm of the ruling class. 

Are the police peasants too? They seem to show up whenever the peasants thrust at your so called "problem."

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lostintheflood YUNOSELL Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:01 Permalink

How is it that all these angry people do not know they should target the banks, which are the main source of all the world's problems and probably why they have been evicted from their homes?

 

lack of education and ignorance.  most people are ignorant of the facts.

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Being Free RAT005 Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

Something doesn't smell right here.  I'm supposed to believe that bus loads of tech geeks are getting attacked on the highway and all we have is a Mahable story about a leaked internal Apple memo, a few crappy pics and a MSM tv report?  Where are all the youtube, facebook, twitter, and other social media accounts?

Maybe they're out there but usually a string of social media posts is all we get for "news coverage" these days.  WUWT?

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RAT005 Being Free Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:21 Permalink

Employees for these public interest type companies are often told what they can and can't talk about.  I'm surprised this much publicity got out.  The people inside are not being attacked.  It's the social do good company not permitting regular people the "public" transport option if there is a seat available.

I once flew across the Pacific seated next to a young Boeing engineer.  I let him tell me how accomplished he was with his airplane projects and then asked, How do Boeing employees deal with the nonsense story of the planes flying into the perimeter of the 9/11 buildings?  Silence.... I asked again, all structural analysis confirms it can't happen and the engines should be lying on the street.  Silence....I told him I'm a chemical engineer, I've calculated the flame temperature from the fuel source and it isn't hot enough to damage the structural steel of the building so I have the ability to understand Boeing's story, what is it?  He said Boeing employees are not allowed to talk about it, not even at the water cooler in the office.

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ed31337 RAT005 Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:36 Permalink

RAT005 is right on the money. When you go to work for one of these big tech companies, one of the first things they tell you is to strictly refer all public questions to the PR department instead of speaking publically yourself. If you say anything, it could cause problems for the legal department, and thus you could be demoted, fired, and/or the SEC could do something to you (uh huh), etc...

You get issued a company secured laptop/phone that strictly uses non-cloud based servers (everything is private to the internal corporate network), secure VPN service, and told to eschew carrying personal electronic devices when working on company related projects to avoid leaking "proprietary corporate trade secrets." Even talking about stuff internally is discouraged to avoid creating higher legal fines due to "willful patent infringment" costing more than infringing on patents you had no knowledge of. 

And the peeps generally actually do these things the corporation demands because, hey, six figure salary plus benefits is not something you want to goof up.

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