A bit of an odd one this, as most of the outcry surrounding Google’s Street View service revolves around its intrusion into a nation’s privacy.
However, inhabitants of the German town of Essen have come under fire for the exact opposite reason, having their homes pelted with eggs by pro-Street View fans.
The targets were those who asked Google to blur their house on the Street View service. According to a BBC report, not only did the vandals pelt said properties with eggs, they also pinned “Google is cool” messages to mailboxes.
Google took a dim view of the guerilla eggings. It told the Beeb: “We respect people’s right to remove their house from Street View and by no means consider this to be acceptable behaviour.”
It’s all very bizarre, and presumably some sort of daft practical joke, rather than a new sect of “Googlites” who think the search engine can do no wrong.
Germany was also in the news earlier this week with another strange Street View incident, featuring a naked man being snapped climbing out of the boot of a car.