STREET VIEW SNAPS #3: Drunken Aussie

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google-streetview-drunkard.jpgLately we’ve seen houses burning down and people flashing knickers on Google Street View, but spare a thought for this poor chap, known only as “Bill”.

The previous night, Bill had been drowning his sorrows following the death of a friend. After taking a taxi home, rather worse for wear, he collapsed outside his house. Unfortunately for him, while he was still lying there the following morning the famous Google Street View Van passed by and snapped the above picture, forever immortalizing his moment of indiscretion. Bill had this to say:

I’m not too happy about it. I mean, I wouldn’t have been there in the state that I was in, but I wasn’t really thinking there would be someone driving by with a video camera on the roof filming me, either. What do you do when you lose a mate like that? I know what he would have done if I left – he would have partied, too. That’s what I would’ve wanted him to do so that’s what I did with some friends.

There’s been considerable concern over the privacy implications of Street View. However one lady in Australia loves it:

‘While others may have legitimate complaints about Google publishing pictures of their house, I was delighted to view ours, with me pictured hard at work in the garden, complete with broom and bucket, thereby dispelling any uncertainty as to who is the gardener in the family.’

Google Street View launched in Australia last week, and the cars have been spotted around London recently, so let this be a warning to you – if you see the Street View van, then either run and hide, or quickly find something impossibly heroic to do for the cameras.

(via Mail Online)

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Duncan Geere
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