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Catholic Priest to Engaged Couples: “Don’t User Google Maps Until the Problem is Fixed”

Google Maps mishaps continue, remember the border issues that arose because of Google Maps.

Now, Google Maps, is listing a St. Rose of Lima, a Roman Catholic church located at 50 Short Hills Ave. in Short Hills, NJ, at the wrong location. The church is located at 50 Short Hills Ave., but when you search Google for that address, it instead shows a similar address — 50 Old Short Hills Rd.

“Try putting that address in Google Maps and see where you end up,” Trainor said. “It changes the address to 50 Old Short Hills Road which is clear across town. Plus, there is no ’50’ on that road,” said Rev. Michael Trainor, who serves at St. Rose of Lima.

It’s also evident when you search Google.com for the name of the church/school, St. Rose of Lima. The map on the right of the screen shows the correct location, but the map below the listing shows the wrong location.

The two locations actually aren’t all that far apart, but as Trainor tells the Star-Ledger newspaper, it’s causing problems when people coming for a wedding or funeral can’t find the church.

“We had a mother-of-the-bride get lost once. We did hold up the ceremony, but we can’t always,” Trainor said. “People do get upset or angry if they miss or are late for the ceremony.”

When Trainor counsels couples who are preparing for their wedding ceremonies, he instructs them on more than the joys and challenges of marriage. He stresses they must tell their guests not to use Google Maps until the problem is corrected.

A Google spokesperson Deanna Yick told the paper:

“We’ve built our map from a wide range of authoritative sources, ranging from the U.S. Census Bureau to commercial data providers to users, and have used satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery to help complete the map,” she said in an e-mail. “Overall, this provides a very comprehensive and up-to-date map, but we recognize that there may be occasional inaccuracies that could arise from any of those sources.”

But when errors are found, Google is happy to get the feedback, she said.

While Yick can’t give a timeline for a fix, she said the team would look into the problem.

[Source: Star-Ledger]

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