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Google Earth Takes Out the Trash

Add another item to the list of ways in which Google is becoming absolutely necessary to everyday life, which will inevitably lead to some sort of Skynet-type apocalypse when Buzz goes sentient and deletes all of our Docs.  Remember everyone!  DO NOT SCORCH THE SKY.  They will find an alternate energy source.

The sequence of events began with a 1-ton abandoned 1986 Four Winns 190 Horizon in an empty lot in Santa Clara County, California.

Santa Clara Deputy Gregory Barnes used Google Earth to see if the boat had appeared in any nearby driveways the last time satellite images were taken of the area.  The blurry evidence led him to question Dwight Everett Foster, who quickly fessed up to dumping the boat, with his son, in February.  Foster has been released on his own recognizance, charged with littering over 500 pounds.

The kicker?  Foster’s son recovered the boat and took it to the local landfill, which accepted it for the cost of $18.  Foster faces punishment up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

( via Neatorama.)

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