What would you do if Google Maps was directing dozens of tourists and campers not to the entrance of the nearby state park, but right to your driveway? It sounds like the setup to a bad joke, but for one New Jersey family, it was an unfortunate reality.
According to the New Jersey-based Star-Ledger, which broke the story, the problem originates from a glitch that arises if you search for "Round Valley Reservoir," as opposed to "Round Valley State Park" or "Round Valley Recreation Area."
Laurie Gneiding and Michael Brady, the married couple occupying the house, have had to deal with motorists showing up at their doorstep day and night. Some have been polite, some less so. Naturally, the couple is afraid for their safety, and have put up signs warning uninvited guests away from their property.
Apparently, Gneiding filed with Google Maps and its "Report a Problem" tool for a fix on May 21, and heard back on June 3rd that the team was on it. But July 4th weekend rolled around, and drivers started showing up en masse looking for their campsites. The couple apparently has taken to installing a bright orange traffic barricade at the foot of their driveway.
When the Star-Ledger contacted Google for comment, that fix still hadn't been implemented, and the company spokesperson issued an official apology. But no timeline is available for when Gneiding and Brady might be able to look forward to the end of the accidental visitors.
So let me ask the peanut gallery the question I started with: What would you do if you found Google Maps was directing people to your door?