AN INTERNET recounted his heartbreaking experience after being sent to a dangerous street by Google Maps.
Writing on Reddit, user antjemarieh claimed they were assaulted and brutally beaten when the digital map tool directed them down the shady alley in Seville.
The road in question took her through an area of the Spanish town called El Vacie, which is Europe’s oldest slum and a notorious crime hotspot.
“So I moved to Seville, Spain this week and was walking home from the supermarket to my Airbnb,” the Redditor wrote earlier this month.
“Because it was my first day there, I used Google Maps for the return.”
They took a turn on what they described as an “empty road” on Google Maps and ended up at La Vacie.
“Before I could decide to turn around, a man ran towards me and grabbed my purse,” they said.
“When I didn’t let go, he kicked me in the head until I gave up. I spent the rest of the day in the hospital.”
After talking to hospital staff and the police, the forum fan realized she had stumbled upon one of Spain’s most famous neighborhoods.
“All the police and hospital staff asked me what the hell I was doing there, because it is the most dangerous area in Seville,” they wrote.
“When I went to the police station the next day to report, three policemen again told me that I should never approach that street because it was so dangerous.
“All I could say is that Google Maps has guided me here.”
Google Maps does not have an official policy on high crime areas and will send users through them if the route requires it.
However, vagrants will tend to avoid fragmentary neighborhoods as the mapping tool tends to stick to major highways and roads.
The Sun reached out to Google for comment.
El Vacie dates back to 1932 when the first cabins were built in the settlement. In 2016, it housed around 500 people.
The slum has a long history of crime and violence.
In 1993, the Spanish newspaper ABC described it as “an island of misery” where the inhabitants lived in “inhuman conditions”.
“Although it is generally linked to drugs, theft and violence, its biggest problems are poor hygiene,” the newspaper writes.
In 2016, the mayor of Seville announced that El Vacie would be dismantled and its residents relocated with the help of funding from the European Union.
The neighborhood was to be demolished in 2020 but the project was postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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