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Google sued over Street View photo of peeing Frenchman

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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 The man's attorney, Jean-Noel Bouillaud, said his client is asking for the name of the village to not be published by Google.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: Physorg.com via Gizmodo
Google Street View photo shows Frenchman peeing on his own property

Google Street View photo shows Frenchman peeing on his own property

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posted on 02 Mar 2012, 00:17 2

1. imkyle (Posts: 1085; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 10:44 5

15. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 00:28 5

2. GeekMovement (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 00:54 2

3. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 00:55 5

4. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Somebody should charge this guy in court for indecent exposure!

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 01:03 12

5. imgod (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

Now he is pissed!!!

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 01:06

6. herman8 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

yakh that is very bad ...
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posted on 02 Mar 2012, 01:28 1

7. lpratas (banned) (Posts: 398; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


posted on 02 Mar 2012, 02:04 2

8. Mimsyborogove923 (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Feb 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 04:11 3

9. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Sacre Bleu!!!

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 06:43

10. ibap (Posts: 780; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 06:54

11. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 09:30

12. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

xD this is funny as hell

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 09:40

13. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

¡C'est un idiôt!

¿Excusez-moi, ou sonts les toilettes?

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 09:52

14. lpratas (banned) (Posts: 398; Member since: 09 Nov 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.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 13:10

21. bubbasixx (Posts: 30; Member since: 09 Apr 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 11:46 3

16. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 12:05

17. galbert1555 (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


posted on 02 Mar 2012, 12:36

18. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 13:23

19. samnote (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

when you gotta go you gotta go...no waiting.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 00:20

20. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Great quality story

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