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Buses with Apple, Google employees pelted with stones in California

20 January 2018

The tech giant runs shuttle buses full of employees from San Francisco to its headquarters in Cupertino every day, and, according to a source inside the company, someone is attacking those buses - and breaking windows. Windows of the buses were shattered and knocked out, but no injuries were reported.

Montiel said that he could not be sure that the attack was targeted at Apple as the buses are unmarked. It was alleged that someone has shoot out the windows using pellet guns or possibly throwing rocks.

The attacks happened while the buses were travelling at highway speed between Woodside Road and Route 85, roughly two-thirds of the way to Silicon Valley from San Francisco.

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.

However, they could be identified by their unique colors: Google's are white, Apple's are silver, and Facebook's are blue.

"[We're] taking the precaution of re-routing shuttles as we hear of any incidents", Google wrote an in an internal email, according to Mashable.

As always, the safety of our employees is our first priority.

A broken window on an Apple shuttle which may have been attacked by the same perpetrator who attacked the Google shuttle
A broken window on an Apple shuttle which may have been attacked by the same perpetrator who attacked the Google

Following the incidents Apple sent an e-mail to its employees, saying that its coaches had been temporarily rerouted. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Alphabet did not respond to a request for comment. said on Thursday that its shuttles had not been attacked and were running with no changes in service.

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

Montiel added that he had received no reports that other buses, like Greyhound buses, had been targeted. Four years ago, Google buses were attacked in protests against gentrification and increasing living costs amplified by the presence of tech companies.

Apple and Google might be rivals on the tech scene but seem to have a common enemy, one that seems keen to take things to a more physical level.

The buses does not show any logos of the companies that hired them.


Buses with Apple, Google employees pelted with stones in California