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Monday, 14 January 2013

From Belgium To Zagreb With Love (Monday Morning Oddity)

I had to quickly throw this one in before stepping out the door.  Basically, it just goes to show you to never put 100% trust into technology, and I guess that can be extended to whatever you read too. When in doubt or if you suspect something is not quite right, ask questions, compare to other sources/GPS devices. I hope she at least decided to hang around Zagreb for a while and take in some sights. Not a particularly exciting or interesting post but it does give an opportunity to throw in a Front242 remix.  (They're from Belgium btw)


Belgian woman, 67, who meant to drive 38 miles to pick up friend from station ends up driving 900 miles after satnav disaster.


A Belgian woman took an astonishing 1,800 mile detour through six countries after her car navigation system went wrong.

Sabine Moreau, 67, had intended to drive to Brussels from her home in Solre-sur-Sambre to pick up a friend from the train station - a journey of just 38 miles. But she took a catastrophic wrong turn and eventually ended up 900 miles away in Zagreb, Croatia.

Despite crossing five borders and seeing multiple-language traffic signs, she did not stop to question her sat-nav until two days later when she realised that she may not be in Belgium any more. Although she stopped to refuel her car several times, Ms Moreau did not think her TomTom (Dutch manufactured GPS navigation device) could be leading her down the wrong path.

‘I saw all kinds of traffic signs. First in French, then in German - Cologne, Aachen, Frankfurt,’ she told a Belgian news website. ‘But I didn't ask myself any questions.

 I was just distracted, so I kept my foot down,’ she added. Police believe she crossed through France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia before finally getting to Croatia. Then she faced another 900 mile journey back to get to her home in Solre-sur-Sambre.

By this stage her worried son had reported her missing to police. Officers searched her house and were about to launch a full scale manhunt when she phoned home to say she was in Zagreb. She told police: ‘I didn't really notice anything was wrong until I suddenly arrived in Zagreb and realised that I was no longer in Belgium.’

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