Google Bus Vandalized In Oakland
The battles between tech companies in the Bay Area and anti-gentrification protestors are heating up. Last week, an Apple shuttle was blocked for half an hour in San Francisco; while across the bay in Oakland, a bus was vandalized while obscenity-laced materials were distributed.
The Google bus was approached in the West Oakland station. A window was broken, though it’s unclear how. Protestors also blocked the bus with a banner that read “F*CK OFF GOOGLE,” and distributed flyers reading, “Get the fuck out of Oakland.”
“The people outside your Google bus serve you coffee, watch your kids, have sex with you for money, make you food, and are being driven out of their neighborhoods,” the flyer read, according to USA Today. “While you guys live fat as hogs with your free 24/7 buffet, everyone else is scraping the bottom of their wallets, barely existing in this expensive world that you and your chums helped create.”
In San Francisco, the protests were more peaceful. Demonstrators blocked an Apple shuttle, holding a coffin labeled “Affordable Housing.” Some reports say they were joined by an Apple employee from the bus.
Housing prices have exploded in San Francisco due in large part to tech companies expanding and hiring increasing numbers of white collar workers. The buses, which shuttle employees for companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Yahoo from the city to the companies’ suburban campuses, have become symbols of the tensions. In addition to carrying the affluent employees, the unregulated buses currently take up time and space in public bus stop areas. The city is currently working on a fee system with the privately-operated shuttles.
[via SF Gate]