Google Street View: Sometimes the Joke is on the Viewer

Posted on April 23, 2013


Google Street View Shows Two Horny Lovers Going At It in Dressing Room,” blares the headline.  The article is accompanied by a screen capture of the alleged act in question.


My goodness, we are so naive.  It’s a gimmick, people!  It’s meant to draw attention to the store, and obviously, it’s working.  The suggestive feet in the changing booth are like an Easter egg of sorts (and besides, they’re not in an anatomically correct position for… well, never mind).

The photo in question was taken with a panoramic camera, and the interactive result was clearly made by the operators of the Krakatoa sporting goods shop in Briançon, France, and provided to Google.  In fact, the image credit everywhere in the store reads:  “© 2013 Google  From the owner, Photo by: Manu Molle/ arc en ciel  Image date November 2012.”

Walk around in the photo, and you will find some more hidden “Easter eggs” only visible from certain points of view in the store.  Pure genius.  It’s a way to entice the viewer to wander the entire store to see what they can see.  Let’s walk toward the offending dressing room.

In this image, looking toward the dressing room, we are suddenly accosted by a masked man on a skateboard.  Why the mask?  So Google won’t have to pixelate his face.  Meanwhile, the dressing room appears empty (and the curtain is longer).


Take one step forward, and he disappears, and the feet appear.  Now that we know it’s staged, it is not so much titillating as cute.  Or in bad taste, depending on your upbringing, I guess.  Keep in mind, it’s France.

Similarly, looking past the entrance, we see a window obstructed by a rack of clothing:


Take one step forward, and you are treated to some hijinks in the parking lot:


I have found at least five other such “Easter eggs” at the Krakatoa shop, all consisting of sports enthusiasts popping up unexpectedly (one is made up of multiple photos in sequence).  Intrigued?  Have a look for yourself!  Click any of the photos in this article, and the bird’s-eye view of the shop comes up.  Click the shop’s interior-view photo in the left-hand column of the Google screen to get to the interactive photo, and use your mouse and the Google Maps arrows to navigate.  Have fun!