Charter buses that are hired by large tech companies Google and Apple to transport their employees from the San Francisco area to their campuses have come under deliberate attack, causes both companies to order the buses to change their daily routes.
Five charter buses carrying Apple and Google employees had windows damaged Tuesday while driving on Interstate 280, according to the California Highway Patrol.
“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.
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.
Some of the incidents occurred in the morning, while others occurred in the evening.
“The outside of the windows were shattered, but nothing went inside and no injuries were reported,” Montiel said.
Four of the chartered buses were carying Apple workers, while the fifth was ferrying people who work at Google. They may have no signs on them, but people in the Bay Area recognize them as being used by tech companies.
The incidents remain under investigation, and further details were not immediately available.
Google is no stranger to these attacks, as four years ago vandals started attacking Google’s shuttle buses that took their employees to and from work to protest tech-company-driven gentrification taking place in San Francisco.
Since the last occurrence of attacks on tech company buses was triggered by people angry at the tech company’s actions, this latest round of vandalism may also be a response to recent events that are sure to have angered anti-Trump leftists in the San Francisco area.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, credited Donald Trump and his tax plan for Apple’s recent announcement that they will be investing over $350 billion in the United States and open a second corporate campus in America, creating an additional 20,000 jobs. President Trump praised Tim Cook’s announcement during a press conference on Thursday and even stated he called Cook to thank him.
To further ensure that Americans were completely aware of Apple’s massive investment in the United States, and that it was due to his tax plan, President Trump sent a tweet calling the decision a “huge win for American workers and the USA!”
I promised that my policies would allow companies like Apple to bring massive amounts of money back to the United States. Great to see Apple follow through as a result of TAX CUTS. Huge win for American workers and the USA! https://t.co/OwXVUyLOb1
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2018
This rare exchange of gratitude between President Trump and a silicon valley tech giant could not have gone unnoticed by the most fervent anti-Trumpers living in the San Francisco area, and it’s certainly no secret that tech companies such as Apple and Google were firmly behind Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
For an avid anti-Trump leftist to see an idolized tech CEO such as Tim Cook actually complimenting Trump and his tax plan and following through with investing billions in the US, this momentous event must have been enraging to say the least.
Could the sudden attacks on Google and Apple charter buses be the result of anti-Trump rage and yet another violent reaction from the left due to Trump’s continued winning for America? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time the left has resorted to violence in response to Trump and his supporters, as was often seen during public pro-Trump rallies throughout the election. In fact, Tim Kaine’s own son “Woody” was arrested and charged for attacking peaceful pro-Trump supporters last year during a March4Trump rally in St. Paul, Minnesota.