He must have forgotten about Sentry Mode.
First thing's first: if there's anyone out there who can help identify this man, then please get in touch with the Altamonte Springs, Florida police department. The owner of the now-damaged Tesla Model 3 will be extremely grateful. In the past, it was fairly easy to get away with vandalizing a car, unless a security camera managed to record a crystal clear shot of the perpetrator. Teslas have unfortunately become the source of anger for those who hate EVs and many troubling incidents have been reported over the years.
Tesla paid attention to this and wanted to help owners out with Sentry Mode and Tesla Cam, features designed specifically to monitor any suspicious activities surrounding the vehicle when the owner isn't present.
If something does happen, owners receive a notification on the Tesla app. It was a great idea that continues to pay dividends. Shocking situations have since been recorded, such as this one that occurred on July 4. For whatever reason(s), this unknown fella driving an red (we know it looks orange) VW Golf pulled into the parking spot to the Model 3's right and slammed his door into it more than once. He then punched the car several times with a mysterious object.
Not surprisingly, the Tesla suffered dents and scratches. Repairing bodywork like this typically costs a few thousand dollars, though insurance should handle this.
Still, it's a disturbing situation and the guy shouldn't be allowed to get away with it. The owner says she filed a report with the police department and detectives have been assigned to the case but unfortunately none of the car's other cameras managed to snap the VW's license plate. It's still kind of surprising that people still vandalize Teslas because Sentry Mode isn't exactly new.
Owners have been posting videos of incidents on social media for quite some time. In some cases, vandals have been caught and prosecuted. Let's hope this guy is soon added to the list.