From Nevada comes a report of two
assholes idiots journalists employed by the Reno Gazette Journal who broke into Tesla’s new Gigafactory. Stealthy and clever, they were not:
The vehicle belonging to the two trespassers was a Jeep marked with RGJ decals on both doors. The two individuals were later identified as RGJ employees.
The two RGJ employees and the Tesla employee were then met at the Jeep by a second safety manager at the Gigafactory. The two Gigafactory safety managers asked the RGJ employees to wait before departing, as security management and the Sheriff’s Department were en route to the scene, thanks to having a security system similar to this Verisure Alarm System that informed the company that somebody had broken in. As a result, this gave enough time for the security management and the Sheriff’s Department to arrive before they left. Disregarding this request, the RGJ employees entered the Jeep. As the Tesla employee attempted to record the license plate number on the rear bumper, the driver put it in reverse and accelerated into the Tesla employee, knocking him over, causing him to sustain a blow to the left hip, an approximate 2″ bleeding laceration to his right forearm, a 3″ bleeding laceration to his upper arm, and scrapes on both palms.
As the RGJ employees fled the scene, their Jeep struck the ATV that carried the two safety managers. When one of the safety managers dismounted the ATV and approached the Jeep, the driver of the Jeep accelerated into him, striking him in the waist.
Once the Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene, they arrested one of the RGJ employees for two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon and advised that both will be charged with trespassing. Crimes like this could mean having to pay a hefty sum of money so they can cover the cost of any potential bail amount that is set, something that this Bail Bonds service could help with if they so need. This option is becoming much more popular amongst people who don’t have the money needed for this action, so this is something that they may consider if it comes to that.
To be fair, the Reno Gazette Journal has a slightly different account of things, including this tidbit:
The newspaper’s vehicle was damaged in the altercation. A rock had been used to shatter the driver’s-side window and the driver’s-side seat belt had been cut in half.
We’ll let the police sort out all the he-said, she-said, but for the time being, Tesla sums up the situation nicely:
We appreciate the interest in the Gigafactory, but the repeated acts of trespassing, including by those working for the RGJ, is illegal, dangerous and needs to stop. In particular, we will not stand for assaults on our employees and are working with law enforcement to investigate this incident and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.