2005-08-16

Intolerance: Google Maps Cock Up

Exclusive city restaurants and Festival venues have been listed as 'brothels' on a leading Internet search engine. The new 'Google Maps' website allows 'surfers' to pinpoint the location of any type of business in the UK using a simple search string. But if someone looking for a house of ill-repute in Edinburgh uses the website, they are told to visit the award-winning 'Witchery by the Castle' restaurant, or exclusive French eaterie 'Maison Bleue'. A further glance down the city's ten 'brothels' includes 'The Edinburgh International Film Festival' headquarters, the home of 'The Edinburgh Fringe' on 'The Royal Mile', and the offices of 'The Banner of Truth Trust' -- a 'Christian' publishing house. The maps have already come 'under fire' in the USA for including real brothels in the list, but it appears the company’s UK counterpart has failed to get their facts right. Mr.John Rawlinson, general manager of Murrayfield-based 'Banner of Truth Trust', said:
'This is bizarre. I can assure you that we are certainly not a brothel.'
Google Search EngineThe Internet website maps.google.co.uk directs internet users to a map of the UK and asks surfers to input a location, business, or direction. Typing the words 'Edinburgh brothels' produces ten results, which are all flagged up on a street map of the Capital. To the right of the screen the businesses are listed by name... but none of the city's 20 sauna and massage outlets is included. Instead, the list is completed by ladies fashion shop 'Underground Nation', South Clerk St's Chinese restaurant 'Dragon Way', popular student pub 'Negociants', the 'Castle Rock Hostel' and record shop 'Underground Solution'. Mr.Gav Sutherland, from the Cockburn St. music emporium, said:
'I am, of course, shocked and outraged to hear this. 'Mind you, there have been rumours that some staff are hiring themselves out.
'This could be a good business opportunity and a sideline in brothels may be something we need to look at.'
Mr.Fraser Mackay, co-director at 'Maison Bleue' on Victoria St., added:
'We are in the business of culinary delights, not those of the flesh.'
Managers at all the other venues on the list today refused to speak to 'The Evening News'. Mr.James Thomson, owner of 'The Witchery' and the city's leading tourism ambassador, was unavailable for comment. 'Google' did not return a call to explain why its maps service lists brothels, or what causes some Edinburgh businesses and organisations to be labelled as cathouses. But the problem is not just confined to the Capital. In Tonbridge, in the south of England, one user decided to search for the brothel nearest his home and was directed to Kent County Police Headquarters. However, Internet users in Liverpool receive a better service from 'Google' -- they are told precisely where to find the city's saunas. Mr.Benjamin Deschenes, owner of Edinburgh Internet cafe 'Bytes and Slices', said the search engine may not be able to find enough real brothels to list, and fills up the page with other 'hits'. This means the key word 'Edinburgh' may be attracting the two festival sites and some of the city's more high-profile venues. The word 'underground' [from 'Underground Solution'] may also be linked to brothels in the 'Google' vocabulary. 'Google tells surfers restaurants are brothels ', Alan Roden, Edinburgh Evening news On-line, 2005-08-16 Links: http://www.forteantimes.com http://www.google.com Urban Legends Reference Pages (Snopes.com) http://www.fark.com

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