Well, this sucks. A Texas-based demolition company is blaming Google Maps for providing the wrong address for the house it was supposed to tear down, which instead led the crew to destroy a nearby family home.
Demolition workers were supposed to knock down a tornado-ravaged home on 7601 Cousteau Drive, but said Google Maps pointed them to a home on 7601 Calypso Drive, one block from the original destination. The homeowner of the unintended target said she was informed by her neighbor what had happened.
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As of publishing, the company has yet to make a formal apology; Google has declined to make a statement, but it did fix the map to pin the correct address. Goes to show just how a tiny error can cause a colossal mistake.
But while map apps have led users astray many times before, it’s pretty scapegoat-y to blame the screw-up on the GPS. Moral of the story? Don’t rely on technology to do your job when all it takes is to read the street sign.
➤ Google Maps error sees the wrong house demolished [Newsweek]
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