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(BDCwire)   Woman follows Google maps walking directions completely, and gets hit by a car. So of course, she's suing Google   (wbbm780.com) divider line 84
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2010-06-01 04:08:57 PM  
I have a feeling that the world would be a better place had she not made it through this accident.

"Those walking directions included walking on a highway that has no sidewalks. Instead of seeking an alternate route, Rosenberg walked in the middle of the highway."

she must've not had her glasses, goddammit.
 
2010-06-01 04:14:47 PM  
Still apropos.

media.onsugar.com
 
2010-06-01 04:27:20 PM  
wonder where she found the amberlamps chaser to represent her in this action.
 
2010-06-01 04:27:49 PM  
The article on MSN was better

Link (new window)

FTFA: Google actually does offer up a warning about its walking directions--if you view Google Maps on a computer, it gives you the following message: "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution--This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."

This warning does not show up in PDA's and cell phones, however. I suppose Google figured that people who are smart enough to use Blackberries are probably also smart enough to not walk directly into the middle of traffic.
 
2010-06-01 05:48:08 PM  
The last line of that article is a gem.
 
2010-06-01 06:22:58 PM  
fly_gal: This warning does not show up in PDA's and cell phones, however. I suppose Google figured that people who are smart enough to use Blackberries are probably also smart enough to not walk directly into the middle of traffic.

It *IS* however, in the EULA that you must click through to start the program for the first time.

/blackberry user
//remembers rolling the trackball through that mess
///what's the over-under on some ignorant farker actually blaming google for this?
 
2010-06-01 06:23:12 PM  
2010-05-29: Problem: Walking directions are in beta. Use caution - This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths. Solution: Sue google

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2010-06-01 06:24:22 PM  
Now you women know why us guys don't stop and ask for directions
 
2010-06-01 06:26:29 PM  
lordargent: 2010-05-29: Problem: Walking directions are in beta. Use caution - This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths. Solution: Sue google

so, what are you trying to say?

/i keed!!!
//and I'm guessing many Farkers, mods as well, weren't on Fark as much over the holiday weekend, thus all the repeats
 
2010-06-01 06:27:07 PM  
When I saw this hit slashdot yesterday, I actually put those directions into Google Maps on my phone (v3.2.1, running on a Nokia E71x), and the very first step says "Beta directions. Use caution." Yes, the warning is a bit shorter than on the web version, but it's still there.

Not to mention, you know, common sense.
 
2010-06-01 06:28:09 PM  
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Picture of woman FTFA?
 
2010-06-01 06:28:10 PM  
Kill her before she makes the world an even shiattier place than it already is.
 
2010-06-01 06:32:21 PM  
Hell, I wish Google would deliberately make 2% of their directions fatal to anyone blindly following them.

We've done too much to keep Darwin from doing his good work these days.
 
2010-06-01 06:34:44 PM  
I'm sure she's just stupid as shiat and someone litigious has convinced her there's free money to be had.
 
2010-06-01 06:35:05 PM  
anyone who cannot find their own way on foot to another location within walking distance without relying on electronic devices is a moron. maybe even worse than a moron.

then add in the whole lawsuit thing, and suddenly i'm really hoping that woman just hangs herself in the shower.
 
2010-06-01 06:37:10 PM  
Stupid cow should have died. Needs to kill herself now.
 
2010-06-01 06:37:58 PM  
thebigfingerbang: anyone who cannot find their own way on foot to another location within walking distance without relying on electronic devices is a moron tourist.
 
2010-06-01 06:39:25 PM  
Nice things? No u canot haz.
 
2010-06-01 06:40:09 PM  
Makes sense. When I pull up those directions I don't see "Get hit by car" on step 5. That's the worst flagrant false advertisement I've ever seen.

/except for maybe Stoner's Pot Palace
 
2010-06-01 06:40:36 PM  
Dr.Knockboots: I have a feeling that the world would be a better place had she not made it through this accident.

"Those walking directions included walking on a highway that has no sidewalks. Instead of seeking an alternate route, Rosenberg walked in the middle of the highway."

she must've not had her glasses, goddammit.


I think this one may be too hot even for Tatsuma
 
2010-06-01 06:42:40 PM  
Quoting the complaint: "At all times herein mentioned, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was and is a competent adult."

I see no evidence of this.
 
2010-06-01 06:42:47 PM  
Dr.Knockboots: I have a feeling that the world would be a better place had she not made it through this accident.

"Those walking directions included walking on a highway that has no sidewalks. Instead of seeking an alternate route, Rosenberg walked in the middle of the highway."

she must've not had her glasses, goddammit.


There are too many jokes to hold back on right there.
 
2010-06-01 06:42:59 PM  
This is the same program that tells you to kayak across the Pacific ocean to get to China from Los Angeles. Right. She REALLY would have deserved that Darwin award...
 
2010-06-01 06:45:05 PM  
Good thing she didn't ask for directions to London, England...
 
2010-06-01 06:45:57 PM  
thebigfingerbang: anyone who cannot find their own way on foot to another location within walking distance without relying on electronic devices is a moron. maybe even worse than a moron.

.




What? I would rely like she did, but if I was in a new city unfamiliar with the layout I would certainly look up a decent map before setting out on a journey that could be many blocks away.
 
2010-06-01 06:49:38 PM  
Rosenberg eh....care to bet that her lawyer is also a part of clan RoseSteinGreenWitzenbaum?
 
2010-06-01 06:51:02 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2010-06-01 06:51:08 PM  
Bunnyhat: thebigfingerbang: anyone who cannot find their own way on foot to another location within walking distance without relying on electronic devices is a moron. maybe even worse than a moron.

.



What? I would rely like she did, but if I was in a new city unfamiliar with the layout I would certainly look up a decent map before setting out on a journey that could be many blocks away.


then walk down a highway with no sidewalks instead of crossing at a safe point then re-plotting a path from your new location?

seriously, this is bad news for everybody. think about what happens when most kids are taught to drive with GPS units in the car, then something happens and it breaks. suddenly, having an electronic device to do all of your problem solving for you doesn't seem like such a great idea anymore.
 
2010-06-01 06:53:57 PM  
mettle-metal: When I saw this hit slashdot yesterday, I actually put those directions into Google Maps on my phone (v3.2.1, running on a Nokia E71x), and the very first step says "Beta directions. Use caution." Yes, the warning is a bit shorter than on the web version, but it's still there.

Not to mention, you know, common sense.


It does this on Android as well, Google Maps 4.2.0
 
2010-06-01 06:54:48 PM  
www.penny-arcade.com
 
2010-06-01 06:58:31 PM  
If she wins, I quit. I'm done. You can keep your civilization, I won't need it anymore. I'll go to Saskatchewan and cut down telephone poles or something.

I see similar things here in California all the time. Dumbfarks walking down the street, talking on the cell phone, come to an intersection, don't look at the lights, don't look at the traffic, just keep on walkin'. Because pedestrians have the right of way here. And yes technically you do have the right of way. And yes theoretically the court will award a large cash settlement if you get hit. But realistically road pizza doesn't spend much cash. Your next of kin gets a new Xbox, and good for them, but you get nothing.

I don't care what Google Maps says, or the CA vehicle code, or anything else. Dodging cars is your responsibility. Because you will get pancaked if you don't.
 
2010-06-01 07:07:11 PM  
maachubo: If she wins, I quit.

Google just needs to figure out: 1a. Where this woman lives, and: 1b. At Which court house the trial will be held.

Then they make a little modification to the driving directions:

1. Turn left.
2. Take right onto highway.
3. Call lawyer and drop charges against Google.
4. Turn around.
5. Go home.

The woman obviously follows Google Maps instructions blindly and without question.
 
2010-06-01 07:07:45 PM  
fly_gal: The article on MSN was better

Link (new window)

FTFA: Google actually does offer up a warning about its walking directions--if you view Google Maps on a computer, it gives you the following message: "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution--This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."

This warning does not show up in PDA's and cell phones, however. I suppose Google figured that people who are smart enough to use Blackberries are probably also smart enough to not walk directly into the middle of traffic.


So much for that "competent adult" bit. She's not only an idiot, but she's a litigious idiot. The case will be laughed out of court.
 
2010-06-01 07:11:14 PM  
*shakes fist*


Dammit Darwin!
 
2010-06-01 07:18:02 PM  
And she walked down the middle of the highway rather than the shoulder!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
 
2010-06-01 07:19:19 PM  
Phins: And she walked down the middle of the highway rather than the shoulder!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

The directions clearly stated "dodge traffic down the median, get hit by BMW on the northbound fast lane"
 
2010-06-01 07:21:00 PM  
This lady is just one of many exampls of why we need Torte Reform, sheeple! (new window)
 
2010-06-01 07:21:20 PM  
maachubo: But realistically road pizza doesn't spend much cash.

I prefer the phrase "meat crayon". It just seems more accurate.
 
2010-06-01 07:23:26 PM  
Reverend Otis: thebigfingerbang: anyone who cannot find their own way on foot to another location within walking distance without relying on electronic devices is a moron tourist.

Redundant edit is redundant
 
2010-06-01 07:29:20 PM  
no pic of Michael Scott? I is disappoint.
 
2010-06-01 07:29:44 PM  
wow dang it darwin anyone who follows map instructions blindly like that and walks into a frickin highway deserves to be taken out of the gene pool... i've had mapquest point me into a lake as part of my directions did i just blindly follow and go into the lake? no.. i looked around for the right way...
 
2010-06-01 07:35:57 PM  
KrispyKritter: no pic of Michael Scott? I is disappoint.

It's the second post. Did you even look?
 
2010-06-01 07:41:54 PM  
Quoting the complaint: "At all times herein mentioned, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was and is a competent adult."

Fed. Rules of Civil Procedure 11(b)(3):
"the factual contentions have evidentiary support or, if specifically so identified, will likely have evidentiary support after a reasonable opportunity for further investigation or discovery"
 
2010-06-01 07:42:42 PM  
thebigfingerbang: Bunnyhat: thebigfingerbang: anyone who cannot find their own way on foot to another location within walking distance without relying on electronic devices is a moron. maybe even worse than a moron.

.



What? I would rely like she did, but if I was in a new city unfamiliar with the layout I would certainly look up a decent map before setting out on a journey that could be many blocks away.

then walk down a highway with no sidewalks instead of crossing at a safe point then re-plotting a path from your new location?

seriously, this is bad news for everybody. think about what happens when most kids are taught to drive with GPS units in the car, then something happens and it breaks. suddenly, having an electronic device to do all of your problem solving for you doesn't seem like such a great idea anymore.




That should have been 'wouldn't'
 
2010-06-01 07:43:55 PM  
Did she not see the warning sign at the entrance to the highway prohibiting pedestrian traffic? And if so then what in all of Hades made her think that Google had the authority to set aside the law?
 
2010-06-01 07:45:27 PM  
Mock26: Did she not see the warning sign at the entrance to the highway prohibiting pedestrian traffic? And if so then what in all of Hades made her think that Google had the authority to set aside the law?

Why would there be? It wasn't a freeway, just a state highway. She's still an idiot for walking in the middle.
 
2010-06-01 07:46:13 PM  
Not sure if it would show up on a blackberry (and I am assuming that it would) but Google maps has the following message when you ask for directions:

These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.
 
2010-06-01 07:49:56 PM  
Sounds like what most of the touristas do around here.

/except on bicycles.
 
2010-06-01 07:53:57 PM  
From The Article:

"At all times herein mentioned, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was and is a competent adult."

What competent adult would walk down the middle of a 5-lane highway? Granted, the middle lane is a turning lane, but it is still the middle of the farking highway!
 
2010-06-01 07:57:22 PM  
Years ago, back around 2003, if you used Google Maps to get directions from New York City to London it would actually tell you to go down to a specific dock/pier, jump in, and start swimming! But they no longer show that. I wonder if it was because some farking moron actually tried it?
 
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