Earlier this week, Model 3 was a spot-taking film showing a self-driving demo ahead of Tesla's autonomy investor event on Monday. Curiously, we heard about this through a TSLA short seller on twitter. As it turns out, the discussion following this tweet in the TSLA short community ended up focusing on the possibility of deliberately causing accidents in order to discredit Tesla ahead of the event.
But that's not all. According to a legal filing by Tesla in the Alameda county courthouse yesterday found by enn_nafnlaus on twitter, the individual behind the short-seller's twitter account has engaged in a pattern of harassment and stalking of Tesla property and employees and Tesla has
The relevant twitter account is allegedly run by two brothers who live in Fremont, one of whom works for VW's Advanced Technology Research Center in Palo Alto, according to LinkedIn. While the names of the individuals are public records and are available in filing, we have declined to name them in this article.
The filing alleges a pattern of obsessive behavior towards Tesla by one of the brothers in particular – one who does not work for VW
On several occasions, Tesla has found cameras or pointed at their property which turned out to be owned by the target of the restraining order. These cameras were placed in public areas, but pointed at Tesla's private property.
At one point, one of the brothers was found to be abusing the property of Tesla and allegedly struck a Tesla employee with his car, a white Acura, while driving away. The employee, who suffered minor injuries, was able to capture a photo of the driver who did not stop after striking the employee. The Freemont police were called and then attempted to deliver a warning to the driver not to trespass further on the Tesla property.
The most recent incident was on April 16th. While Tesla was filming a demo on public roads, one of the brothers, witnessed the demo being filmed and followed them. During the drive, the crew of Tesla employees claimed to have witnessed erratic and hazardous driving behavior from a white Acura, which in one point triggered the Tesla side collision avoidance system. The Tesla crew were deeply concerned that they called the police, despite having no prior knowledge of the pattern of behavior towards Tesla.
Later, the tweets from other TSLA shorts were found, responding to the brother's twitter account, encouraging the driver to " drive along with it and create random events for it to react to "and" brake in front of the car, swerve into its lane, etc. "
The filing includes declarations from several Tesla employees, including Tesla global security director and the Three employees who were in the car filming the autopilot demo earlier this week.
All of this information is claimed by Tesla in filing, and nobody has been found guilty of any crime (nor does kriminal charges the point of filing) . But Tesla has requested this temporary restraining order, requiring that the order of the order of 400 yards away from Tesla's workplaces and known Tesla employees, and prohibiting them from following or contacting Tesla's employees, on April 22nd, the Tesla Autonomy investor event. 19659002] In response to this filing, the relevant short-seller twitter account tweeted earlier today:
I will not rest. This is my promise.
Tesla is a zero. @elonmusk will go to prison.
An apocalyptic image accompanies the tweet.
In response to this tweet, Tesla shorts called for "others in the Fremont area to step up our fallen comrade" and drive around near Tesla Factory on Monday, seemingly looking to interfere with Tesla's event.
Update: Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has responded to the situation on twitter asking VW "what's going on?" Due to the brother's association with VW's Palo Alto Research Lab.
Look. It's reasonable for there to be several opinions about Tesla and their mission. Heck, one person may hold multiple or complex opinions about Tesla under their own. Maybe someone loves the cars but not the company, maybe someone loves the company and everything about it, maybe someone does not like cars at all (although those people probably did not driven one …) or company or certain employees or directors , maybe somebody likes the mission but is annoyed by a recent uptick in slips in customer service quality (* cough *).
But it is not reasonable to attempt to cause car accidents because you have an apocalyptic vision of yourself winning a crusade against a businessman you do not like.
It's been clear for quite some time that there are many people and organizations who would like to see Tesla fail. This was expected – the richest and most powerful industry in the world stands to be badly lost if electric cars replace gasoline-powered cars. This leads to a lot of propaganda, political posture and what-have-you. We've covered a lot of this extensively.
And while that propaganda and lobbying does put lives at risk, because it works to maintain the status quo of pollution that kills millions of people worldwide in the year, it's another thing entirely personally Take a so much deal with the work of a company that you put your safety and safety of three video producers – and any number of other cars on the highway – at risk from personal mission.
If these allegations are true, This is the way, way, WAY beyond the pale.
It's time for everyone to cool off a little bit here.
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