Ever since Google rolled out its Street View feature in 2007, the Internet became fascinated with using the digital archive to spot crazy moments that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. A Reddit thread claiming to show Street View evidence of a young woman in the process of getting kicked out by her boyfriend proved no different.
Reddit user lpmark04 sparked an intense debate on the Internet message board on Thursday after posting a picture from Google Maps. The photo shows a woman facing away from the camera in the process of packing or unpacking her car. [[nid:1286817]]
The post, titled, “Google Streetview captures the glorious moment when my buddy kicks his now ex-gf out of his house,” amassed 1441 comments as of Friday morning. Many, however, were from users who attempted to point out holes in the original post's narrative.
Shortly after uploading it, the poster clarified the context of the photo, writing, “A little backstory: this picture was taken a couple years ago since they have been broken up for a while now. My buddy no longer lives in the same town as me but I became aware of this recently by his brother who is currently my coworker. I find this even more hilarious because I actually knew this girl, as me and my then-gf, her and my buddy used to double date occasionally.”
But despite the poster’s claims, many Reddit users found the story hard to believe. “Looks to be a car being cleaned after returning from a trip to the beach,” one user wrote. “With her floor mats on the street I'm going to go ahead and say this is just a girl cleaning out her car and OP is a filthy liar [sic],” wrote another, prompting commenters to debate the significance of the floor mats.
If the post is indeed legitimate, it could be the first breakup documented Google Maps. However, it certainly wouldn’t be the most painful or embarrassing moment that Street View’s lens has caught. Past searches of Street View have turned up car accidents, fires and acts of prostitution. Several sites, including The Roosevelts, Ebaumsworld and NBC, have devoted roundups to the best and craziest moments captured by the online service.
The technology has unsurprisingly also raised alarm bells about privacy, although Google has vowed not to use information it collects through Street View for anything it shouldn’t. In March, the company settled a case put forward by 38 states that charged Google with collecting private information once again. As per the settlement agreement, Google paid a $7 million fine and agreed to create programs that would train both staff and users to protect privacy.