Apr 3 2009Angry Villagers Chase Off Street View Car

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A group of angry villagers in Broughton, England chased off a Google Street View car because they feared an invasion of privacy and increased crime in the area.

"I was upstairs when I spotted the camera car driving down the lane," resident Paul Jacobs told The Times of London. "My immediate reaction was anger: How dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent? I ran outside to flag the car down and told the driver he was not only invading our privacy but also facilitating crime.

"This is an affluent area. We've already had three burglaries locally in the past six weeks. If our houses are plastered all over Google it's an invitation for more criminals to strike. I was determined to make a stand, so I called the police."

Just to be fair, I broke into Mr. Jacob's home and stole his valuables and last bowl of cereal just to prove that, even without Street View, The Geekologie Writer will still rob you blind. But seriously, Paul, if you could pick up some more Raisin Nut Bran, that would be awesome.

Gang of villagers chase away Google car [cnn]

Thanks to Brad, who once chased a Google Street View car six blocks before he realized it was a pizza delivery guy.

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OMG 5 hundredth!

second maybe?>

@1, You still fail, in every way

And as for these dumb brits, well, they can take a turkey baster full of their favorite tea and shove it up their pompous @ssholes. When google street has a 'live feed' option and maybe a 'shower cam' option, then they can start crying.

How retarded. Facilitating crime?! I love how 'affluent' people throw out these baseless accusations like that.

Here's a quick solution to not getting your stuff stolen: Don't live in an affluent area!

Would he chase away some guy who was visiting and just taking snaps? No? He's more likely to be a criminal than Google. Like a robber is sitting on Google looking for places to rob. Unreal, man.

i wonder if basting your ass with hot tea increases your chance of colon cancer.

These people have every right to do this. I'd be livid if they took a photograph of my house. They don't have the right to do it - if they sent out consent forms or something that would be fine, but this is just Google doing what the hell they like.
As for "dumb brits" and shoving turkey basters of tea up their "pompous @ssholes" - I think a little qui pro quo would serve here. Not everybody here likes tea, not everyone is pompous, or contrary to popular, dumb. Thanks for the hypocrisy!!


Nope. Wrong. Sorry. Unless there are a bunch of new laws going up to turn England into more of a police state (which wouldn't surprise me), Google and everyone else in the country has every right to stand in the street and take pictures of whatever they damn well please. You do not have the "right" to control what people photograph when they're driving by in the STREET. The exterior of your home has no magical force field around it that causes people to avert their eyes. If you don't want people taking pictures of your house, build a fence, or screen it from the street with trees. But don't expect Google to avoid taking pictures of your fence!

I don't see the big deal with having pictures taken of where I live. Anyone who's going to do anything criminal here likely won't need an aerial view from months ago on the internet to do so.

Like LSDiesel said unless it's a live feed or pictures updated everyday, I don't see the threat either. Something like this doesn't come without controversy though and I have no problem with Brittah's

I hope they realize that whining on the news about living in an affluent neighbourhood is much more likely to get them robbed..

Bunch of dumbasses. Invasion of privacy? It's a photo of the front of your house! That's it!

All this stuff about burglary is bollocks too. Most burglars are opportunists. They aren't going to take the time to research on google for escape routes and the location of the nearest police station They're gonna walk a few streets from where they live, kick a door down and nick a telly, before legging it.

If someone is going to break in and steal your stuff, they're going to do it whether they saw your house on google or not. In fact, the general public doesn't even give two thoughts to what the front of your house looks like. IF by some strange chance your house stands out from the rest, then people are going to either think 'oh, that's a different house' or 'Wow, those people sure like to flaunt their wealth' not 'oh boy, I'm gonna break into that house and steal,' and if they do, that is their wrong doing and not google's.

I suggest that England grow some balls and stop being so materialistic and shallow. Google isn't taking pictures of you making love to your spouse, they're posting pictures of the OUTSIDE of your house, much like they do on sites where houses are for sale.

Oy, you're a git ain't ye? Was all juiced up - totally off me face - and having it off with meself when that picture-taking motorcar came 'round. I'd be a plank not to chase down the wank, what with me ickle banger hang'n out.

My wife, she's a real Doris. But I'm larging it and I don't need her kicking off. I'll be dead fore that minger puts me in stook.


Slow news day.

I was pissed at Google for the exact opposite reason. They street viewed my city and still managed to miss my house by 2 blocks. I was excited to see my house on teh maps and they really let me down. Assholes.

I work in a firm and we took a trip to Chicago and got all kinds of complaints because we were taking photos of street views and the area.


These people do realize that they've given themselves more press this way than if they had just let the car go through? Now everyone knows it's a wealthy area worldwide and thats it's ripe the for the looting...I'm just ordering my plane ticket and lock pick set as we speak.

Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffin glue....


Arm the Google car with flamethrowers...

People really piss me off when they bitch about Street View. There is nothing different from someone walking down the street and taking pictures. Everyone can see the outside of your house. Anyone that feels like it can walk by and look so get over it!

Also...isn't this town networked with CCTV cameras all over the friggin' place?


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake becauise the shadowe's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max had to joust and his armour was broken. He found a woman blacksmith and offered her some of his winnigns to fix the armour. She asked for money in advance and he said - this is a hard enough job for a man to do, let alone a woman. I can understand you'd want to trurn down the job and save your ego. This made her want to fix the armor just to prove she could do it, and Max ended up having her make him a custom and modern set or armor.

I call shenanigans....that's so not Never Back Down lol

LSDiesel you are without doubt the biggest "@sshat" of this scenario my friend.
To say that every person in England drinks tea, and that they are all "pompous dumb@sses" just because one individual decides to go apesh!t about his house being photographed (which in England is his constitutional right to do) you revert to typical biggotted American stereotyping.
You give Americans a bad name, what an ignorant arrogant little fu.ckw!t you are.
Here's some national stereotyping for you:- You fat, coffee guzzling, moronic, can't point out America on a map of America, moronic d!ck head.

@20 Daisy is not only here for our entertainment, but also to make it easy to identify newbies like yourself when responding to his posts. Welcome to commenting on geekologie


Angry much? Why don't you go fück yourself you cünting, limey sod.

@21, You're right. I'm a Wanker.
Had a bad morning and needed somewhere to rant.

So they didn't want criminals to know about their posh rich homes by allowing google earth to take perfectly legal photos within the public domain but now thanks to worldwide media attention the whole world now knows where they are and that they are a bunch of rich douche bags. Smart one.

"I suggest that England grow some balls and stop being so materialistic and shallow." Uh, while 21's criticism of you seems a bit extreme, the above quotation is seriously one of the stupidest things I have ever heard (read - read) out of an American.

I am basing this on stereotypes and assumptions though.

Blind internet aggression is a great way to get over bad days (and I'm really not being sarcastic there despite my earlier criticism of you).

At least today's Friday - woooooo.


<3 wales.


smells like awesomeness

@ 23
Gordan F*cking Sumgay, way to prove 21s point, you xenophobic pri.ck.

Wait... this is the same country that has cameras recording every waking hour right?

What a bunch of idiots. There's nothing on Street View that can't be seen far better in person by any properly reconnoitering burglar.

"'Ey, wot, 'ere comes the 'orseless carriage with the soul-stealing machine on top! Muster the peasants, tell 'em to bring their torches and pitchforks!"

@ 31
ShayDicksucker, way to prove 27s point, you fücking gobtastic cüm dumpster.



It's a little hard to be xenophobic of europeans when you are of european descent. I was just fücking with the douche, but now you have my ire. This will be fun.

You're off the hook. For now.

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