Protesters block a bus full of Apple employees during a protest against rising costs of living in San Francisco, California, December 20, 2013. It was alleged that someone has shoot out the windows using pellet guns or possibly throwing rocks. Fortune reports the attacks took place on highway 280, so Apple diverted its buses, though doing so adds up to 45 minutes of commute time.
Shuttles run by Apple and Google in the San Francisco area have always been plagued by locals' expressions of resentment.
Google announced Wednesday that it was also rerouting its shuttles in the area. "Luckily, no one seems to have been injured yet".
Five different charter buses had their windows smashed in one day. It happened again and this time Google is not alone rather Apple Inc. At least four separate shuttles are said to have suffered broken windows while driving on 280.More news: Encounter plan made to kill me: VHP leader Pravin Togadia
Montiel warned that the projectiles are considered risky as they could possibly distract the bus driver and cause a collision. However, no injuries have been reported. However, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel confirmed that an investigation with Apple is still ongoing. The safety of their employees is their first priority as they are working closely with law enforcement to examine these incidents and they will notify their employees as soon as the coaches will be returned to regular route, as said by the company.
Officer said rerouting the buses would be futile if the attacks were indeed targeted. "It's not like they are hidden", he told The Guardian.
"It appears that they're going after the unmarked tech buses", Montiel told SFGate.
In 2016, a report from Wired noted that these protests might not end because "these private shuttles are the rolling symbol of a class war pitting young, cash-rich tech workers against long-time San Franciscans who are being pushed out of their homes by evictions and out of the city altogether by astronomical rent prices".