People + GPS = Fail

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  1. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    i have said it before elsewhere, that i live in a small town that has 2 similar named streets. one is a Street, the other a Lane.
    and my town shares the same Zip code as a larger town nearby, which has its own Street named like mine.
    But, that street is barely an alley, lined with those mini-storage units.

    my online Papa John's account mentions specifically where i live. and they still take 90 minutes to deliver a pizza 5 miles. and they blame GPS for the mix up.

    And all the people i have to deal with because of my rehab make the same mistake. on the phone they ask my address, i tell em and they cut me off. "i can find that, I have GPS."
    and sure enough, an hour or so after they were supposed to meet me, they call from a cell phone and ask why i live in a mini-warehouse unit or why i live near abandoned homes.

    the first 4 or 5 times, i politely guided them to my house.
    now, if they cut me off with that GPS nonsense,I refuse to help them.
    i tried to warn you, so well, i will be here when you find me.

    GPS can be nice and all, but it still has its bugs.
    just wish some people wouldn't think they are Marko Ramius onboard Red October blindly cruising through undersea canyons with it.

    Anyone else hate it or do you generally like it?
     
  2. red4

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    Never used GPS in my life.
     
  3. Gigatron_2005

    Gigatron_2005 President of Calendars

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    GPS has been a real help for me, but yes it is sometimes better to know the area well.
     
  4. Omnius

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    Wouldn't use it, I trust my own sense of direction better. Some stories of GPS fail that spring to mind:

    An ambulance driver in Essex ended up in Manchester through following his GPS (for thoes not familiar with UK geography it's... well, the other end of the country).

    A woman in Germany drove her car through the front doors of a railway station, across the concourse, down some stairs, over a platform and onto the tracks before she realised her GPS might be wrong.
     
  5. red4

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    Sounds more like those fine upstanding representatives of the human condition simply lacked a few grams of basic logic.
     
  6. Omegatron

    Omegatron Mandatory Fun. Buy it now TFW2005 Supporter

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    Yeah, no thanks. Google Maps w/ satellite imagery FTW.
     
  7. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    Is it a good time to mention my friend was on a school trip somewhere, and the GPS told the bus driver to turn left...

    ...at a 'NO LEFT TURN' sign?

    It might as well have told them to drive into the ocean for all the good that thing did him.
     
  8. Omnius

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    One story local to me, a woman driver's GPS told her to turn left at a crossing, so she did...

    She drove about quarter of a mile down a railway line before realising something was amiss.
     
  9. Lock Cade

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    Never used GPS, have no use for it.
     
  10. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    ^Barricade knows his way round...

    LOL at the railway crossing one. Did the bumpy ride not tell you something was amiss?
     
  11. guard convoy

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    ugh i hate GPS......it kills your sense of direction......heck my dumbass older brother didn't know which Furr's we went to, even though he had been there OVER A THOUSAND TIMES!!!!!!

    .....i am suprised he isn't put in a straight jacket
     
  12. Team Jetfire

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    I don't have one at home, but I always get one when I travel, but they are tricky, especilly in a city like LA.
     
  13. Bryan

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    Way to show those folks who are trying to bring something to your house by refusing to help them! You've really accomplished something by making your point! :D 
     
  14. Nez Pierce

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    I have one for work...most of the time it's unnecessary, but it has saved my ass on a few occasions. GPS + Unfamiliar Area + Logic + ??? = jobwelldun
     
  15. Macross7

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    My friend has one we used on the way down to Virginia. The company hadn't updated the maps so when we crossed a bridge on the highway, it thought we were driving off the road into a river. Stupid thing. I also love how the voice seems to get annoyed when you don't follow the directions percisely. "turn around, make a left, make a right"
     
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    I never use a GPS, since they're unreliable and misleading.
     
  17. Bryan

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    ...then how do you know they're unreliable and misleading? :confused: 
     
  18. Red Alert

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    The only time they are unreliable is when you don't buy the new maps.
     
  19. Aaron

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    'cause they are. DUR.


    I work all around the state, and GPS has saved our asses quite a few times. When you have to find some place in a town 2 hours away there just isn't much else that works. You just have to use some common sense and keep your eyes up as you drive.
     
  20. Bryan

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    Yeah, I love mine. I don't use it as an absolute determinant of my route, but rather, an adjunct to my own good sense and planning. As a navigational aid, it's invaluable to me.

    EDIT: I mean, I'm FAIL.
     

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