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Google Maps labels man's house in Australia as a pizzeria and now everyone wants pizza

Mashable | Johnny Lieu | Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

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Everyone loves pizza, but no one loves strangers coming to one's home and demanding it.

So spare a thought for Michael McElwee from Darwin, Australia, whose house keeps being visited by randoms looking for pizza. It's all thanks to an error on Google Maps.

McElwee told ABC Radio Darwin that first, a guy showed up at his house wanting to deliver magazines to a pizza place. Then another person came asking about a job. Then his daughter was approached by people wanting to know their opening hours.

As Google Maps shows, his home as been labelled a pop-up pizzeria, which only appears for parts of the year in a nearby park.

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"It is like getting your identity stolen," he told the station. "Your house has been stolen and put in as a pizza shop."

Such mistakes have been costly in the past. In Texas a house was accidentally demolished last year because Google Maps displayed an incorrect address. These errors fortunately can be corrected with Google Maps' reporting tool, though.

A Google spokesperson said it was aware of the error and had fixed it on Wednesday night. Phew!

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But the fact remains: We want pizza.

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