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Cheating Hubby Caught on Street View
A recent article in The Sun (and we all know how diligent The Sun is about fact checking) claimed that a woman, while using Google Street View, spotted her husband's car parked outside another woman's home. Now she's filing for divorce!

But Matt Platino, of the Idiot Forever blog, claims he hoaxed the sun into printing the story:

I emailed The Sun, first with the email address sashaharris289@gmail.com. I shot them a “frantic” note:

Hey Sun,
I need your help. One of my mates caught her husband cheating by using Google Street View. He’s a pig. Also, this really shows how the addition of the Street View is hurting people. I think this is a good story for you.
Cheers,
Sasha

I picked the name Sasha Harris because Sasha sounds somewhat British and Sasha Harris is the prostitute that was involved with Sham-Wow Vince. Also, note how I used words like “mates” and “cheers”. This lulls the Brits into a false sense of security. Unfortunately, I couldn’t logically work the phrases ” ‘Ello Gov-na!” or “mind the gap” into the email.

Then, to back up the story, I emailed the sun from the email address Mr.Mark.Stephens77@gmail.com to add a source. I sent them a picture of the said offending street view. The email was boring so I’m not going to post it, but The Sun quickly responded. They thanked me for the information and asked me if I was Mark Stephens, the media lawyer. I shrugged (even though they couldn’t see me shrug) and basically responded “yeah, sure”.

Apparently I hit a streak of good luck. I got the name Mark Stephens from one of those internet random name generators and went with it. I guess Mark Stephens is a known media lawyer in Britain.

I also got lucky because The Sun is a bunch of fools. The picture I sent wasn’t even a street view.

There's been no word yet from The Sun about their side of the story.
Categories: Journalism, Sex/Romance
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 31, 2009
Comments (6)
Sasha sounds British? ummmm... What part of Russia is in Great Britain? Just axing
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Mar 31, 2009  at  03:19 PM
I'll point out that people can request Street View block or censor certain images.. If you look at certain high-profile locations, you may see folks with their faces digitally blurred.

Street With A View has a few such obscured faces:
http://www.streetwithaview.com/
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Tue Mar 31, 2009  at  07:57 PM
Funny Stuff. I saw it carried on Fox News Online. cheese

I just love it when news agencies perform due diligence, don't you? LOL
Posted by daveprime  in  Deep in the sticks...*yay internet!!*  on  Wed Apr 01, 2009  at  10:58 AM
I think maybe the Sun has caught on. The last paragraph of their story reads:

"And yesterday The Sun told how a fleet of UFOs was spotted on Street View hovering over an East London bookies."
Posted by Robert G.  in  Mercer Island, Washington  on  Wed Apr 01, 2009  at  12:38 PM
I have a niece called Sasha, and there are two Sashas in my daughter's class at school. But the rhythm of the sentences in the e-mail is wrong for a native Londoner - maybe Sasha is a Bosnian asylum seeker?
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  Teddington UK  on  Sun Apr 05, 2009  at  07:05 PM
x1209I think maybe the Sun has caught on.
Posted by wathces  in  watches  on  Tue Dec 08, 2009  at  08:27 PM
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