Wrong House Demolished Due To Google Maps Mistake
When we hear the phrase “home destroyed,” we usually picture some horrific force of nature or a big explosion, but this story might just make you rethink that notion. A house in Rowlett, Texas was recently destroyed by a demolition crew because of a mistake that originated in Google Maps.
For those who use the app, the fact that mistakes occur is hardly surprising. There are probably thousands of users who have ended up:
- walking into a dead end;
- reaching the wrong destination;
- or getting outdated information from Google Maps.
Though it is certainly the leader in map applications, Google Maps is not perfect, so errors and inconsistencies are bound to occur, whether from glitches to old satellite photos to problems with the software.
However, while small mistakes are forgivable, things get much more serious when the property is destroyed.
The situation may seem absurd at first, but it becomes much more believable once you know the details. There are two houses of note in this story: 7601 Calypso Drive, which was scheduled for repairs, and 7601 Cousteau Drive, which was scheduled to be demolished.
Apart from the same house number, these two properties have something else in common – both are corner houses intersecting Cousteau Drive, and both are listed as 7601 Cousteau Drive in the Google Maps search.
Putting their trust in a mobile application, the demolition team did what they apparently their duty, but they did not double check the address, and now a house lies in ruins.
Pinning the blame on Google
If you thought this story could not get stranger, you were wrong. According to the woman who owns the now-destroyed home, the house was severely damaged by a tornado, and she had just received a glimmer of hope to restore it when it was torn down altogether.
Naturally, the homeowner tried to figure out why this happened and contacted the demolition service. What she received in reply was a screenshot of Google Maps with the estate listed under the wrong address as a sort of justification for these actions.
In the end, many lessons were learned. While we do not know if the homeowner has already been compensated for the destruction, her prospects look good.
As for the demolition company (and hopefully some readers), relying on such technology to make big decisions will be something they will think twice about.