Once upon a time in sunny California, a brave Tesla owner named Henry Yeh decided to take the electric carmaker to court. Why, you ask? Well, it appears that the privacy of Tesla customers was being violated in the most peculiar and entertaining ways.
A prospective class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California after Reuters originally reported the news about Tesla employees. Yeh accuses Tesla employees of using customers' car cameras to create a veritable privacy invasion extravaganza.
According to a Reuters report, between 2019 and 2022, groups of Tesla employees privately shared highly invasive videos and images via their super-secret internal messaging system.
What happened next would make even the most seasoned reality TV producer gasp!
Yeh, the proud owner of a shiny Tesla Model Y, alleges that the employees treated these videos and images like a twisted form of entertainment. Popcorn in hand, they reveled in the "tasteless and tortious" footage, which sometimes featured unwitting Tesla owners going about their daily business. "Imagine my surprise," Yeh must have thought, "when I discovered my family's privacy was being violated by the very company I entrusted with our transportation!"
Jack Fitzgerald, Yeh's trusty attorney, shared the outrage. "The California Constitution scrupulously protects privacy, and Tesla should know better," he declared with a dramatic flourish. "Tesla must be held accountable for these invasions and for hoodwinking its loyal customers with lax privacy practices."
Despite the uproar, Tesla maintained radio silence and did not respond to Reuters' request for comment. Perhaps they were too busy watching the latest batch of "Tesla's Funniest Home Videos."
The lawsuit labeled Tesla's conduct as "particularly egregious" and "highly offensive," suggesting that even the most humorless judge might crack a smile at the absurdity of it all. Yeh filed the complaint on behalf of himself, similarly-situated class members, and the general public, hoping to rally the troops against the electric car giant.
Reuters revealed that some Tesla employees had a front-row seat to customers' most intimate moments, including laundry and family time. The lawsuit made sure to emphasize the importance of children's privacy, stating that it's one of the most fundamental liberties we, as a society, recognize.
Yeh, and his legal team are now asking the court to put the kibosh on Tesla's questionable behavior, hoping to put an end to these privacy invasions once and for all. They're seeking actual and punitive damages, which might just be the cherry on top of this bizarre, comedic tale.