back to top

This Google Street View "Fight" In Edinburgh Has Upset Council Officials

It looks very much like the brawl was staged.

Posted on

So, this image is what you'll find if you travel down Edinburgh's Princes Street on Google Street View.

Oh dear.
google.co.uk!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sVeH_hz0c9HaxO3wG8zp8pg!2e0

Oh dear.

The Google camera appears to have captured two guys brawling on the busy street while a girl in a blue shirt watches on.

Alas though, not all is as it seems.
google.co.uk!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sVeH_hz0c9HaxO3wG8zp8pg!2e0

Alas though, not all is as it seems.

You see, if you simply move up and down the street from the incident you'll find the two chaps spotting and waving at the Google camera car.

google.co.uk!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sVeH_hz0c9HaxO3wG8zp8pg!2e0

They move away from a bigger group near the Scott Monument to position themselves on the pavement for when the vehicle passes by.

google.co.uk!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sVeH_hz0c9HaxO3wG8zp8pg!2e0

Nailed it.

google.co.uk!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sVeH_hz0c9HaxO3wG8zp8pg!2e0

And then as the camera moves on, the pair return to normal.

Edinburgh council officials though seem pretty unimpressed with Google for using the image.
google.co.uk!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sVeH_hz0c9HaxO3wG8zp8pg!2e0

Edinburgh council officials though seem pretty unimpressed with Google for using the image.

City centre councillor Joanna Mowat is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

It is disappointing that Google have chosen to use a picture which appears to be staged as some sort of homage to Trainspotting rather than an image that better reflects the true nature of Edinburgh's Princes Street.

It is a safe city centre with probably the best skyline in the world.

BuzzFeed News has contacted Google for a comment on the image and Councillor Mowat's remarks.

A Google spokeswoman said they were not commenting on the issue.