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Government on my doorstep: "Google Earth shows a building in your backyard. Explain."

 
CelticLegends

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'He wasn't attacking my wife, otherwise she would have done that.

And as I said, I wasn't at home at the time. I regret that.
'

Understandable, things happen that we don't expect sometimes.

Can you introduce your wife to some procedures that protect your privacy better in case it, or anything like "it" happens again sometime?
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01/20/2012 05:27 PM
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A person from local authorities showed at my door to ask about a building in my yard, seen on Google Earth.
He openly stated that to my wife, who answered the door.
After my wife reassured him it was a old animal shed, he was let inside the house to see for himself.
After that, he left, reassuring my wife everything was fine.

Odd, to say the least.

The images from my house on Google Earth are at least seven years old.

So they're not that quick, but still I think it's ridiculous they're using sources like that to determine if someone has build something in their own backyard.

wtf
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The planning department in our area doesn't show up unless someone has complained.. they have to have a complaint before they will confront anyone. That could be changing elsewhere, but that's the way it has been in this area so far.
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I live in a rural area, the people who live here don't complain. Because they themselves could be complained about. If you know what I mean.

No one want people checking things out over here.
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'He wasn't attacking my wife, otherwise she would have done that.

And as I said, I wasn't at home at the time. I regret that.
'

Understandable, things happen that we don't expect sometimes.

Can you introduce your wife to some procedures that protect your privacy better in case it, or anything like "it" happens again sometime?
 Quoting: CelticLegends


Telling me the story, she added she felt like a fool for not asking any further. But she chose to be more alert to her children than that guy.

It's what it is, I can't change that. But she intend to be more vigilant in the future.
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maybe ur house just got cased dude...
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CelticLegends

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01/20/2012 05:34 PM

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Shit hot, man

Cool story too, classic glp
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01/20/2012 05:41 PM
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Re: Government on my doorstep: "Google Earth shows a building in your backyard. Explain."
A person from local authorities showed at my door to ask about a building in my yard, seen on Google Earth.
He openly stated that to my wife, who answered the door.
After my wife reassured him it was a old animal shed, he was let inside the house to see for himself.
After that, he left, reassuring my wife everything was fine.

Odd, to say the least.

The images from my house on Google Earth are at least seven years old.

So they're not that quick, but still I think it's ridiculous they're using sources like that to determine if someone has build something in their own backyard.

wtf
 Quoting: Searchalot




The planning department in our area doesn't show up unless someone has complained.. they have to have a complaint before they will confront anyone. That could be changing elsewhere, but that's the way it has been in this area so far.
 Quoting: jusme 9226720


I live in a rural area, the people who live here don't complain. Because they themselves could be complained about. If you know what I mean.

No one want people checking things out over here.
 Quoting: Searchalot




Well, maybe your local planning dept. has run out of work to do, so they are trying to justify their existence.

And maybe someone doesn't like you and wanted to make trouble for you. I grew up out in the country, and sometimes we were surprised at some of the "rural folks" who definitely could have been complained about. My dad was the first person people would come to for help in all situations, but there was still a sleazy, creepy neighbor who tried to get him in trouble for something the neighbor had concocted in his own mind.... and a neighbor who wouldn't help anybody in any circumstance (and there were plenty of complaints that could have been made against him.) Enemies lurk sometimes where you think they are just inane people....especially those kind, in fact.

And of course, you can be right in your feelings that government is being intrusive....we are living in scary times.
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Shit hot, man

Cool story too, classic glp
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Yea it is.

Funny thing is, when I read a thread like that, there's always the doubt of authenticity. Now it's mine, and for me there's no doubt.
Makes at least a couple of other threads more reliable.
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i wish i lived in the netherlands
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Re: Government on my doorstep: "Google Earth shows a building in your backyard. Explain."
A person from local authorities showed at my door to ask about a building in my yard, seen on Google Earth.
He openly stated that to my wife, who answered the door.
After my wife reassured him it was a old animal shed, he was let inside the house to see for himself.
After that, he left, reassuring my wife everything was fine.

Odd, to say the least.

The images from my house on Google Earth are at least seven years old.

So they're not that quick, but still I think it's ridiculous they're using sources like that to determine if someone has build something in their own backyard.

wtf
 Quoting: Searchalot




The planning department in our area doesn't show up unless someone has complained.. they have to have a complaint before they will confront anyone. That could be changing elsewhere, but that's the way it has been in this area so far.
 Quoting: jusme 9226720


I live in a rural area, the people who live here don't complain. Because they themselves could be complained about. If you know what I mean.

No one want people checking things out over here.
 Quoting: Searchalot




Well, maybe your local planning dept. has run out of work to do, so they are trying to justify their existence.

And maybe someone doesn't like you and wanted to make trouble for you. I grew up out in the country, and sometimes we were surprised at some of the "rural folks" who definitely could have been complained about. My dad was the first person people would come to for help in all situations, but there was still a sleazy, creepy neighbor who tried to get him in trouble for something the neighbor had concocted in his own mind.... and a neighbor who wouldn't help anybody in any circumstance (and there were plenty of complaints that could have been made against him.) Enemies lurk sometimes where you think they are just inane people....especially those kind, in fact.

And of course, you can be right in your feelings that government is being intrusive....we are living in scary times.
 Quoting: jusme 9226720


I cannot rule that out, ofcours.

But then why would the guy mention Google Earth? He could have made something else up. You can see my house from the fields behind it. No need for Google Earth.
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i wish i lived in the netherlands
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And why would that be?
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Move to heavily tree-lined area....on my google earth all u see are trees
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Move to heavily tree-lined area....on my google earth all u see are trees
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I'm growing trees. More time, less effort.

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The planning department in our area doesn't show up unless someone has complained.. they have to have a complaint before they will confront anyone. That could be changing elsewhere, but that's the way it has been in this area so far.
 Quoting: jusme 9226720


I live in a rural area, the people who live here don't complain. Because they themselves could be complained about. If you know what I mean.

No one want people checking things out over here.
 Quoting: Searchalot




Well, maybe your local planning dept. has run out of work to do, so they are trying to justify their existence.

And maybe someone doesn't like you and wanted to make trouble for you. I grew up out in the country, and sometimes we were surprised at some of the "rural folks" who definitely could have been complained about. My dad was the first person people would come to for help in all situations, but there was still a sleazy, creepy neighbor who tried to get him in trouble for something the neighbor had concocted in his own mind.... and a neighbor who wouldn't help anybody in any circumstance (and there were plenty of complaints that could have been made against him.) Enemies lurk sometimes where you think they are just inane people....especially those kind, in fact.

And of course, you can be right in your feelings that government is being intrusive....we are living in scary times.
 Quoting: jusme 9226720


I cannot rule that out, ofcours.

But then why would the guy mention Google Earth? He could have made something else up. You can see my house from the fields behind it. No need for Google Earth.
 Quoting: Searchalot




just trying to explore all possibilities here... not arguing with you.
It could be that he made that up before coming to cover for the fact that maybe he received a complaint from a neighbor low-life ("neighbor complaint" is based on above stated experience with evil neighbor complaint against my beloved dad.) Some people always enter a potentially confrontationsl situation with an excuse...made up beforehand. Just a possibility.....and as I stated, you could be right: the planning dept. may be looking for trouble by sitting at their desk all day checking google, trying to make themselves viable or important....maybe they have to justify their existence with something besides just sitting at their desks...I dunno....with government job, not likely! but then, governments are cutting back.....anyway, I sure wouldn't want them coming into my house or on my property....I hugely resented the census guy coming aruond GPSing my home...still makes me irked...they certainly have us all mapped and identified in every way.
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01/20/2012 05:58 PM
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You invite government officials.in.your.house???
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maybe ur house just got cased dude...
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THAT
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He didn't came any further into the house. All he saw were the washer and dryer.

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your wifes an idiot, i'd leave her before she gets you killed
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You invite government officials.in.your.house???
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Nope. My wife did.
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Note to self, plant grass on all roofs.
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your wifes an idiot, i'd leave her before she gets you killed
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Her own words were: "fool", no idiot.
Circumstances sometimes make easy things difficult. Apparantly.
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Why would he have to go into your house to look at a shed in the backyard? Was there no other way to get to your backyard except through your house?
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Yes there is a way around, but my wife couldn't let the kids alone in the house.
My wife kinda offered it to him.

Besides that, it was terrible weather so he really didn't want to get outside in the yard. Now he could view it from the scullery.
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Your wife is too trusting. Better talk to her about putting the kids in danger like that. At my house, NOBODY gets in without proper ID and only if I called THEM. I don't care if it's the Pope and it's snowing outside. People DO dress up as officers of the law, gas company, cable, etc. Unifroms go missing all the time. You can even buy fake badges down at the surplus store in my neighborhood, which is why I would call the police dept to verify whether they'd evn sent anyone over.

We had some friends let two young ladies in "to use the phone". They got beaten so bad there was permanent brain damage. Robbed too.

Plus, please tell your wife EVERYONE can see google earth. Jesus, I wouldn't even let her operate a motor vehicle after that.
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01/20/2012 06:16 PM
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Well, they are using Google Earth to fine people with illegal swimming pools, so there is a good chance this is legit:

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In about seven years they will be back to ask about the other buildings I have put down in my yard.

Idiots.
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Google Earth updates the pics for my property a few times a year.
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01/20/2012 06:28 PM
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Why would he have to go into your house to look at a shed in the backyard? Was there no other way to get to your backyard except through your house?
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Yes there is a way around, but my wife couldn't let the kids alone in the house.
My wife kinda offered it to him.

Besides that, it was terrible weather so he really didn't want to get outside in the yard. Now he could view it from the scullery.
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Yes wives can be too nice and accommodating. Really though this is exactly how people find themselves in a jackpot with a home invasion or a future break and enter. Dogs are good, but now he knows you have a dog......... nothing a shot of mace in the face won't cure, no shooting necessary.

It probably was a nerd from some lands branch of government concerned about building permits and taxes, but next time it could be a different story. Hopefully you have read the riot act to your wife and told her to quit being so naive and nice to strangers.
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maybe ur house just got cased dude...
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meaning UR house was just scoped out, ready to come back later and steal UR shit.
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Lol, then he must have found out it's to much trouble to bypass my 45 kg german shepherd and steal stuff I don't have.

Lol.
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do you really think your dog is going to stop someone looking to enter your home, and steal things?
they'll just shoot the motherfucker, and that goes for anyone.

rofl.
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If they manage to shoot all the dogs, then they can figure out what to large pissed off, well armed man standing there. I hope they are wearing body armor, 'cause I've never seen what these bullets actually do to a person after penetrating body armor. I think would would be realy ugly. By the time get all the dogs, I would be there shining the little red light center mass. Say goddnite, Dick.
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prob just hoping that they could raise your taxes.
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Re: Government on my doorstep: "Google Earth shows a building in your backyard. Explain."
A person from local authorities showed at my door to ask about a building in my yard, seen on Google Earth.
He openly stated that to my wife, who answered the door.
After my wife reassured him it was a old animal shed, he was let inside the house to see for himself.
After that, he left, reassuring my wife everything was fine.

Odd, to say the least.

The images from my house on Google Earth are at least seven years old.

So they're not that quick, but still I think it's ridiculous they're using sources like that to determine if someone has build something in their own backyard.

wtf
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She let them in without a warrant? WTF was she thinking?
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maybe ur house just got cased dude...
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Bingo.. Did this 'Government dude' show any identification?
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A person from local authorities showed at my door to ask about a building in my yard, seen on Google Earth.
He openly stated that to my wife, who answered the door.
After my wife reassured him it was a old animal shed, he was let inside the house to see for himself.
After that, he left, reassuring my wife everything was fine.

Odd, to say the least.

The images from my house on Google Earth are at least seven years old.

So they're not that quick, but still I think it's ridiculous they're using sources like that to determine if someone has build something in their own backyard.

wtf
 Quoting: Searchalot


Used to work for Local Government... The Revenue department in our locality uses Google Earth exactly for this purpose then send someone out to take a look.

I found it rather odd to say the least but I'm guessing this is about tax revenue and that your property values were being assessed.
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Fuck the government people should be allowed to build anything they want on their property as long as it doesn't disturb other people.
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Maybe one of your neighbors caught a guy leaving from your house while you were at work, and that's the cover story she's telling you beforehand just in case someone speaks.

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