Someone with a serious ax to grind against Elon Musk and his electric car company has been leaving fliers on Teslas parked in San Francisco, urging drivers to give the cars back — if, that is, they don’t want to be the kind of person who supports organized crime.
The allegations are as perplexing as they are wide-ranging: They accuse the company of “manipulating Congress” and expound on the risk of the cars’ lithium-ion batteries exploding whenever they get wet or “bumped” (to be fair, lithium ion batteries have been known to burst into flames, although past incidents involving Tesla occurred not with a bump, but when the battery pack was slammed by a large metallic object).
Tech journalist Ryan Block tweeted out a copy (a larger version can be read here):
“Anonymous fliers making outlandish claims aren’t exactly new in San Francisco,” SF Gate helpfully points out. But these specific claims are particularly outlandish: Not only did Tesla help instigate a war that began two years before the company was founded, according to the fliers, it’s also formed a silent partnership with Google. As for the people behind the wheel? “Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination toward drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk.” And they likely have a bad case of anal itch.