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    Default Woman Drives for 900 Miles Instead of 90 Thanks to GPS Error (and Total Stupidity)

    I've read plenty of crazy GPS stories, but this has to be the craziest of them all: a 67-year-old woman drove for 900 miles over the course of two days because of a GPS error combined with her complete lack of attention. Her actual destination was only 90 miles away.

    The woman, 67-year-old Sabine Moreau, started her journey in her home town of Hainault Erquelinnes, Belgium. She wanted to pick up a friend at a train station in Brussels, just 93 miles north from her point of origin. But instead, she turned on her GPS, which told her to drive south, taking her turn by turn all the way down to Zagreb, in Croatia. Instead of a couple hours in the car, she spent a couple days to cover the 900 miles that separates both points in Europe.


    During Sabine's odyssey, she stopped two times to get gas, slept for a few hours on the side of the road, and even suffered a minor car accident. How the hell did this happen without her noticiting? She knows it sounds weird, but she was distracted, she said:
    I was distracted, so I kept driving. I saw all kinds of traffic signs, first in French, then German and finally in Croatian, but I kept driving because I was distracted. Suddenly I appeared in Zagreb and I realized I wasn't in Belgium anymore.

    Yes, Dorothy, you weren't in Belgium anymore. But as hilarious and zany this may seem, her son wasn't very amused. After a day, he alerted the police, who started a fruitless search. Obviously, not everything is right in Sabine's head or her GPS.

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    holy dementia, batman!
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    LOL this sounds like the plot to an existential movie. I'm glad she's OK (and I feel bad for her son), but what on earth was she distracted by?
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    So having to pass through several border checkpoints didn't give her a clue?
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    schengen. no more borders in europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterslide View Post
    LOL this sounds like the plot to an existential movie. I'm glad she's OK (and I feel bad for her son), but what on earth was she distracted by?
    Kind of like the plot to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared which is one of the better books I've read recently - kind of a cross between Forrest Gump & The Last Days of Summer.

    (I have no idea what's going on with the Fonts in this post).
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    Just yesterday I heard a news story about a gps failure that ended with a man driving his car into a river. Seriously, you don't see the river before you drive into it?
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    GPS. The true Darwin Award indicator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMama View Post
    Kind of like the plot to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared which is one of the better books I've read recently - kind of a cross between Forrest Gump & The Last Days of Summer.

    (I have no idea what's going on with the Fonts in this post).
    That book sounds kind of spooky, or at least the title does. Stuff like this reminds me of that Art Carney movie Harry and Tonto. I have no idea why because I don't think Harry gets lost that I can remember, it's just the idea of elderly people wandering aimlessly that seems so depressing to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterslide View Post
    I'm glad she's OK (and I feel bad for her son), but what on earth was she distracted by?
    Her own stupidity, apparently.
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    i just saw this on the daily mail, including pictures.


    Belgian woman, 67, picking up her friend from railway station ends up in Zagreb 900 miles away after satnav disaster



    • Belgian woman started off outside Brussels and ended up in Zagreb, Croatia
    • 67-year-old was following her sat-nav to go to train station 38 miles away
    • She continued for 900 miles before realising something was wrong

    By Sara Malm
    PUBLISHED: 15:44 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:08 GMT, 14 January 2013




    One direction: Sabine Moreau was meant to pick up a friend at the station in Brussels, but took a wrong turn and ended up 900 miles away in Zagreb


    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 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.’




    Long journey: Police believe Ms Moreau's TomTom led her from Belgium through France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia through to Croatia


    When asked if she did not find the length of the journey - or the change in language - strange, Ms Moreau replied: ‘Maybe, but I was just preoccupied.'

    'I didn't really notice anything was wrong until I suddenly arrived in Zagreb and realised that I was no longer in Belgium'

    Sabine Moreau
    So preoccupied that even after being forced to stop for petrol several times - as well as a snooze on the side of the road - Ms Moreau still did not question her satnav.

    'I stopped several times for petrol and paid with my credit card. When I felt tired I stopped for a few hours sleep in the car on a lay-by,' she said.
    'I was a bit absent-minded as I had a few things to think about, I suppose.'
    Ms Moreau finally made it home 60 hours after embarking upon her inadvertent odyssey.
    A spokesman for police in Belgium, who had been on the brink of launching a hunt for Ms Moreau after being alerted by her son, said: 'This is an incredible story.
    'These GPS systems cause problems from time to time but nothing like this. But this woman has done nothing wrong and we just have to believe her,' he added.


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    She looks great for 67.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterslide View Post
    That book sounds kind of spooky, or at least the title does. Stuff like this reminds me of that Art Carney movie Harry and Tonto. I have no idea why because I don't think Harry gets lost that I can remember, it's just the idea of elderly people wandering aimlessly that seems so depressing to me.
    Not spooky at all, highly entertaining read.
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