Who doesn't love a good prank? Being a good prankster requires a sense of humor and, ultimately, guts. To prank Google, however, your sense of humor needs a side of stealth, quick wit and fast feet. You can search all over the internet to see crazy, weird stuff caught by the Google Street View cameras. That weird stuff is usually accidental, or just people being goofy as the car goes by. Last fall, a Google Maps Street View car passed our ICOSA office, and even being the clever folks we are, we were stumped to do more than take pictures of it.
But in Edinburgh, Scotland, an owner of a mechanic shop and his employee sprang into action when they saw the Street View car head down one end of Giles street. When it came back around, the pair mocked up a crime scene with one swinging a pick axe handle and the other sprawled on the ground.
That was in August of 2012. A few friends noticed it when the images went live on Google Maps, had a good chuckle and said, "Typical you guys." It wasn't until more than a year later, some other citizen saw the images and contacted authorities.
"A police man and police woman came round the corner, grinning slightly, saying, "Do you know anything about this?" And we said, "Oh we're bang to rights on that. That was us." But fortunately, one of our customers is a WPC at that station, and she'd seen it. She knew that it was us on a wind up and so they weren't exactly coming round with blues and twos expecting to find a bundle of red rags with a skeleton inside." - Dan Thompson, Garage Owner
The whole thing might seem a bit morbid, but if you look at the series of images, it's comically staged, and goofily fake.
Well done, I'd say.
As the prankster himself pointed out, "I'd be disappointed if anyone thought it was actually happening for real."
Have you ever staged a scene for Google? Leave us a link if you have.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-27670099