Google sued over Street View photo of peeing Frenchman

Google sued over Street View photo of peeing Frenchman
After nearly a week of intensive stories emanating from Barcelona and the 2012 MWC, we have a story that is strictly from the lighter side of the news desk. It seems that a man who wants to remain anonymous (and you will understand why shortly) was photographed by Google for the tech giant's Street View. Call it kismet, Instant Karma, a major coincidence or just plain old bad luck, but when the photographer pressed on the shutter, the image he got for Street View shows this anonymous Frenchman peeing on his courtyard on his own property.

Despite having his face blurred by Google, the man said that he became the "laughing stock" of the town and sued Google in an Algiers court. The man is seeking the removal of the image from Google and 10,000 EUR (approximately $13,000). This pisser of a case was called "implausable" by a Google attorney. The man's attorney, Jean-Noel Bouillaud, said his client is asking for the name of the village to not be published by Google. The blurry photo shows an individual urinating in a garden in the village in the west-central Maine-et-Loire department. "My client lives in a tiny hamlet where everyone recognised him," said Bouillaud, adding that his client was on his own property and that the gate to his garden was closed when the photo was taken.

We can imagine how Google's attorney's are responding to this case. From battling Apple's well educated lawyers in richly decorated courtrooms, litigating matters that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to their client, to working in a courtroom that we can visualize with a large spinning ceiling fan, litigating a case worth less than their monthly retainer. Couldn't you see the plaintiff's attorney asking his client to show the judge how he, uh, was watering the plants when he was photographed.

While the ruling could go either way, we are trying to track down the validity of the rumor that if the Frenchman wins, he will ask his pals to sing in court, "Urine the money".

source: via Gizmodo



20. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Great quality story

19. samnote

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

when you gotta go you gotta waiting.

18. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

I don't see a man peeing. I see a man with a blurry face standing there. No evidence of watering the lawn. Had he not said anything, no one would have probably noticed.

17. galbert1555

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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16. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I dont see a man peeing.. I see a man marking his territory..

14. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

My comment didn't stayed added here. I said that the frenchman is free of pee in his property where he wants since that doesn't have public exposition. The photographer was very rogue, breached the privacy and was incovenient.

21. bubbasixx

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

Ok, first, if he pees out in the open for anyone to see anywhere, even at his house, it is public. I can't stand naked in my yard and not get in trouble for indecent exposure. Second, your "rogue photographer" is driving in a white car labeled GOOGLE, with a dozen cameras on top of it watching the road, not urinators who should not be on the side of the road. Third, privacy is behind closed (bathroom) doors. Lastly, the only inconvenience will be when his drinking buddies make fun of him for actually getting caught.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

¡C'est un idiôt! ¿Excusez-moi, ou sonts les toilettes?

12. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

xD this is funny as hell

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

nice pun there at the end. how does that go in french? :)

10. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

The song joke is cute, but I'm presuming he would be asking for something in French.

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Sacre Bleu!!!

8. Mimsyborogove923

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Umm, it's not even all that obvious that he's takin a piss. Just looks like he's standing there MAYBE with his hand at crotch level. Not sure what the fuss is about. Hell, if this happened to me I would probably tell everyone to go check it out.

7. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011


6. herman8

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

yakh that is very bad ... BlackBerry Mobile

5. imgod

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Now he is pissed!!!

4. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Somebody should charge this guy in court for indecent exposure!

3. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Even when gates are closed, if he doesn't have fences around his yard/garden (or at least high enough), he still subjected to public indecent exposure; at least that's how the laws go in the States.

2. GeekMovement unregistered

His own fault he shouldn't be blaming google. Stupid man. You pee outside you're asking for an audience.

1. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

You were peeing outside and not in a toilet. Bad timing. Could have happened to anyone.

15. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

it's hard to take a shot in france without catching someone peeing in public.

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