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Polish driver follows GPS directions into lake !


Polanglik 11 | 303  
24 Oct 2008 /  #1
Just found this article on Yahoo news ..... well it made me laugh :o)

A Polish driver who was too sure of his GPS road navigation device ended up neck-deep in a lake after ignoring road signs warning of a dead-end ahead, Polish police said Friday.

uk.news.yahoo/18/20081024/tod-polish-driver-follows-gps-directions -7f81b96.html
gtd 3 | 639  
24 Oct 2008 /  #2
What is the deal with all of the people following a GPS into bad spots? Don't they look out the windshield?

It would be funny if it happened once in a blue moon but it is so common. Jesus.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
24 Oct 2008 /  #3
My, u've had a long hangover, this is months old I think.

Well, at least he took the plunge :)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385  
24 Oct 2008 /  #4
My, u've had a long hangover, this is months old I think.

Seanus, it was on the news today. It's just that this type of thing seems to happen quite often.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
24 Oct 2008 /  #5
Aha, I stand corrected. He was trying to follow in the footsteps of others then? LOL

I bet he got that sinking feeling :)
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
24 Oct 2008 /  #6
Perhaps he just wanted to dip the headlights.....?
polishgirltx  
24 Oct 2008 /  #7
lol...what's wrong with people?

Don't they look out the windshield?

exactly!

Perhaps he just wanted to dip the headlights.....?

some people just like to overdo things...

;)
grethomory 1 | 154  
25 Oct 2008 /  #8
Lol, Polish girl. So true, lol
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
25 Oct 2008 /  #9
i wonder if it was the same guy who opened the door to let the clutch out...?
isa 10 | 41  
26 Oct 2008 /  #10
Thread attached on merging:
Blind faith?

Polish driver follows GPS into the lake.

abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/10/25/2401130.htm
tonykenny 18 | 131  
29 Oct 2008 /  #11
I don't understand the significance of the driver being Polish, or any other nationality for that matter. I've almost had some tricky situations here in Poland because of my GPS, thankfully, I do look at the signs and exercise some common sense when it tells me to turn up somebody's driveway or into a field!

Though, this wasn't the case when it told me to turn off a main road when driving from Krakow to Gorzow and I ended up driving around a disused WW2 airfield! I just wish I'd marked where it was to go back another time for a decent look. I suspect Poland is full of these historical gems that are just begging to be photographed and documented.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385  
29 Oct 2008 /  #12
I don't understand the significance of the driver being Polish, or any other nationality for that matter

The story is amusing not because the driver was Polish, but because of what happened. When the story was on the Polish news, many of those involved in the rescue were having a little chuckle.
tonykenny 18 | 131  
30 Oct 2008 /  #13
The story is amusing not because the driver was Polish,

I understand, but the press in the UK always seem to like adding the nationality of the people as if it's significant. I guess it's a media thing with their "3 ways to describe something" training.

Still yeah, it is a bit funny and I've almost come-a-cropper a few times myself with my GPS. Everytime I drive through Tczew it confidently instructs me 'turn right' when I am driving over a bridge; the road it wants me to turn on is some 20 meters below me! Thankfully, when I turn on my GPS, I don't turn off my eyes and common sense.
BeatusFelis 1 | 11  
10 Nov 2008 /  #14
I don't understand the significance of the driver being Polish

... umm, maybe that it's POLISH FORUMS? Don't know, just a hunch.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
10 Nov 2008 /  #15
and I ended up driving around a disused WW2 airfield!

My friend Ella had a strange experiance in that area...she is a pilot in Polish air force....she said whilst trying to land at her base some looney drove across the runway..! they sent armed patrols after the driver , but he got away....
tonykenny 18 | 131  
13 Nov 2008 /  #16
she said whilst trying to land at her base some looney drove across the runway..! they sent armed patrols after the driver , but he got away....

not guilty! :) This one was certainly disused, unless the Polish airfields are as in the same poor conidtion as their roads. But there was no air traffic or sign of life in general.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
13 Nov 2008 /  #17
not guilty! :) This one was certainly disused, unless the Polish airfields are as in the same poor conidtion as their roads.

quite possible....have you noticed that Russian aircraft have much stronger undercarrige than the western stuff , and the engines are mounted quite high up on the body of the aircraft...its due to the condition of the runways in eastern Europe , they just can,t make concrete that stays in one piece....As for the guy driving accross the runway...i was just teasing you...!
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
13 Nov 2008 /  #18
Did he get to the bottom of it in the end? LOL
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
13 Nov 2008 /  #19
Did he get to the bottom of it

You mean the bottom of the hole in the road....?
tonykenny 18 | 131  
14 Nov 2008 /  #20
.i was just teasing you...!

:D I guessed as much, but couldn't resist taking it farther :) (or is that further? - oh bloody hell, another one I better look up before a student asks and I'm dealt another serving of egg ont he face!)

As for the hole, I believe they are still looking into it (sorry, couldn't help myself)

T
Lotnik767 3 | 145  
14 Nov 2008 /  #21
Lol it's funny! Like in Chicago last year a woman followed her GPS on top the Rail Road tracks and got her car stuck. Some people just don't know how to use GPS and get lost with them!!
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
31 Mar 2009 /  #22
You get the feeling people are depending too much on technology, rather than good old, tried and tested, common sence.

"Robert Jones , South Yorkshire, said he trusted his navigational system and continued to follow it when it told him the steep, narrow footpath he was driving on was a road."

Mr Jones, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Driver Led To 100ft Cliff Edge By Sat Nav.
sausage 19 | 777  
31 Mar 2009 /  #23
You get the feeling people are depending too much on technology, rather than good old, tried and tested, common sence.

The annoying thing about satnav is that it always seems to go wrong when you need it most (approaching that junction you're not sure about) or it takes ages to warm up when you are in a hurry.
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
31 Mar 2009 /  #24
The annoying thing about satnav

Is the bloody voices they use. Satnav - the last refuge of a lazy mind (sorry Oscar)
sausage 19 | 777  
31 Mar 2009 /  #25
Is the bloody voices they use

Especially some nagging woman... sometimes for a bit of peace you just feel like giving it a tenner to go down the market with and buy something nice
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
31 Mar 2009 /  #26
Especially some nagging woman..

Yep. satnag.

"For God's sake I told you to turn left at the last junction, Do you know how much fuel you will waste getting back on track now? It's not the first time you've ignored me. When will you learn you useless pillock?"
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
31 Mar 2009 /  #27
Is the bloody voices they use.

I want one with a female French accent...

Bonjour Seeaaaannn... you arh sexy, yes!.

Especially some nagging woman...

Mine has a very serious English voice, i try to annoy her but she is well used to me at this stage ;)
sausage 19 | 777  
31 Mar 2009 /  #28
Polish woman satnag, always thinks she's right. you know she isn't, but it isn't worth arguing about...
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
31 Mar 2009 /  #29
I want one with a female French accent...

Top notch.

"Hi Szar, where would you like to go today?" would reduce me to a quivering wreck ;)

Polish woman satnag, always thinks she's right. you know she isn't, but it isn't worth arguing about...

Lol. It might be best if we all kept a low profile for a few days.
tonykenny 18 | 131  
7 Apr 2009 /  #30
I keep distrusting mine and often shout at her saying "I don't believe you, I know a better way".

Of course, it all ends in tears when I find my way is twice as long or is simply wrong. I'm sure most men here will know what it's like having to admit your wrong, "Yes dear, you were right all along. I'm sorry. Yes dear, I'll listen to you future, you're always right."

Then of course, next day, she leads me to a bloody river and tries to tell me it's a road! or, in Sopot, tells me the steep stairs between two roads are perfectly OK for my regular family car to climb. yes, inluding climbing over the metal barrer desiged to stop cars.

Beach

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