Man finds friend on Google Maps in same place he's meeting her

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Man finds friend on Google Maps in same place he's set to meet her that day

A man checked Google Maps before picking up a friend was shocked to see her standing in the same spot - five months earlier.

Rick Hodge decided to use the Google service to see the street corner in Taunton, Somerset, where he'd agreed to meet pal Michele Noad.

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But he was left shell-shocked when his search of the address on Google Street View brought up an image of the spot with Michele already standing there waiting.

Michele said Rick, 54, was left baffled by the freaky coincidence.

Man finds friend on Google Maps in same place he's set to meet her that day
Michele Noad stood in the same spot she was snapped by Google


She said: "I told him I'd be stood on the corner by B Block reception, so he Googled it and found where I was.

"When he arrived, he said I'd never guess what he found on the map, he had spotted me. We couldn't believe it.

"The odds of this is more than million to one chance - let alone being on the spot he had to pick me up at. Surreal."

Man finds friend on Google Maps in same place he's set to meet her that day
Her friend Rick Hodge was left baffled by the coincidence

Mrs Noad reckons the Google Street View photographer took her photo when the company was mapping the area last September.

The self-employed council consultant will be leaving her job at the council in the coming months and added: "Everyone is saying how there will be a piece of me always stood outside county hall."

Michele was waiting to be picked up by her friend Rick to go and have dinner with him and his wife Penny when he spotted the photo.


Mrs Noad thinks she was snapped by Google while nipping out for lunch last September

She said she thinks it was taken by the Google Maps car-mounted camera while she was popping out to lunch.

The married mum-of-two said: "Rick wasn't sure where the B-block reception was so he checked on his computer before he left work and saw me.

"I said I would stand out by the road so he could see me"He came to collect me and said 'you're not going to believe this but you are standing on this corner on Google Maps'.

"I said 'I'm not' but back at their house we checked and there I was."I have tried to look up the odds but I think it is just such a freak thing, it's impossible to work out.

"I'm moving to work in Hampshire and I'm going to miss Somerset so much but I have told me colleagues if they miss me they can just look on Google."

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