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Google Maps Mistake Leads Swarms of Vacationers to New Jersey Woman's Home

Steven Blum


Folks are at the door, and they're not people you know.

No they're not Mormon missionaries but hoards of confused vactioners who think your house sits at the entrance to a tourist destination. This is what happened to New Jersey resident Laurie Gneiding, whose house somehow became listed on Google Maps as the entrance to a popular reservoir for Jersey residents looking to escape the summer heat (insert Jersey reservoir joke here).

Gneiding has put up four signs that say "No Trespassing," and "Private Road," and even spent $125 on an 8-foot-long barricade and yet still the visitors come to knock on her door. Sometimes they back boats into her driveway, and curse her when she tells them they're on private property!

Gneiding contacted Google Maps in June but has only received automated responses. She is, quite understandably, going insane.

What would you do in this situation? Install an electric fence? Buy a fire-breathing dragon? Or maybe create a Harley Davidson event and list Google's address on the flyer?

There's really no room for error in the field of cartography.

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  • Martin Krischik Jul 12, 2011 Link

    This has been discussed on /. before. But there it was death by GPS. You know blindly driving in the dessert or in mountain range without proper equipment. The GPS probably set to shortest route ;-) .

  • Niels Christiansen Jul 12, 2011 Link

    People also tend to blindly trust their GPS. They're so well conditioned now that "the computer said so" is good enough for them.

  • Martin Krischik Jul 12, 2011 Link

    I go for the Gate. What is the fun of having a private road without a a big ion gate anyway.

  • Daniel Vazquez Jul 12, 2011 Link

    I would go with electric fence, and a gate, and possibly smokers with signs that say "if you can read this you are in range". grant it if i had the money to do all that