Tesla has hit one of his prominent Twitter critics and street vendors with a restraining order: the same person who recently saw and photographed a Model 3 that was shot by Tesla before a "Investor's Day" autonomy "planned on April 22nd. On Friday, the Alameda County First Instance Court granted the company a temporary restraining order, which was first viewed by PlainSite.org. It is not clear if the restraining order has been met.
Tesla claims that California resident Randeep Hothi "harassed, harassed, and endangered" three of his employees who were driving Model 3 on a Bay Area highway last week. The company says that Hothi "chased these employees on the public highway for about 35 minutes, driving in different ways in front, behind and behind them, and turning dangerously close to the vehicle." Tesla claims that Hothi even veered close enough to Model 3 that the safety function was activated to prevent accidents.
The automaker also states that, in February, Hothi hit one of his employees while entering and monitoring the Fremont factory, California, in the company. He says that Hothi did not stop and "fled the scene".
Hothi must maintain at least 100 yards from the Fremont factory in Tesla or the employees named in the restraining order. You must also remain within 10 yards of any Tesla vehicle with manufacturer's plates within five miles of the factory. The order is effective until May 7, when a hearing is scheduled.
Neither Tesla nor Hothi responded to requests for comment.
Posting with username @skabooshka, Hothi posted images of Model 3 on Twitter on Thursday . He noticed that there were cameras mounted on the back and inside of the car, and theorized that Model 3 was being filmed for Monday's event. He said he saw the car violate speed limits and noted that he performed simple tasks such as lane changes, which implies that Tesla could misrepresent the images in Monday's event.
Hothi is, according to his Twitter account, one of the many street vendors of Tesla. Street vendors are people who bet on money because the price of a company's stock will fall. Those who focus on Tesla have created a thriving community on Twitter, where they collaborate around the hashtag #TSLAQ to try to identify what they believe is a fraudulent activity on the part of the company and its CEO, Elon Musk.
Musk has a long history of mocking people who shorten Tesla's actions. He has promised to "burn them" several times in recent years, and he and his company even previously made one of the most prominent anonymous short sellers on Twitter, a user by the name of @MontanaSkeptic. By submitting the restraining order on Friday and including information on tweets from Model 3 of @ skabooshka, the Musk company has once again shown one of its most prominent street vendors.
Tesla says that Hothi's actions go beyond photographing the Model 3 test. In his original request for the restraining order, Tesla said that Hothi "has a history of invasion of Tesla's facilities" and that " illegally "took photos and videos of those places and uploaded them to Twitter. Hothi and other Tesla street vendors often post photos and videos of employee parking lots in an effort to estimate whether the company is operating at full production. They also photograph the parking lots Tesla uses to maintain the inventory, which they say gives an idea of how much demand there is, or not, for the company's cars. Much of his crowdsourcing research ends on the tslaq.org website.
Shortly after PlainSite issued the restraining order, Musk responded to a 2018 tweet accusing Hothi as the person behind the @skabooshka account. That tweet is linked to a document in an image hosting site that accuses Hothi of attacking Tesla because his brother allegedly works for Volkswagen. "This is extremely messy. @VW what's going on?", Wrote Musk.
(Last August, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk sent an email to the CEO of Volkswagen Group asking him if "a Volkswagen employee was criticizing Tesla on Twitter, using a false name" Musk told the Journal that "Diess responded by saying he was the boy's brother, that's all."
"I'm not going to rest, this is my promise," posted the @skabooshka account on Saturday at night. "Tesla is a zero. @elonmusk will go to jail."