Thai villagers mistake Google worker for government snoop
BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai villagers on Wednesday apologised for mistaking a Google worker for a government snoop as he carried out mapping for the Internet giant's "Street View" programme in a remote area.
The man was stopped by villagers at Sa Iap, in northern Thailand, on Tuesday as he drove through in a marked Google car with a camera attached to a turret.
They suspected him of being sent by the government to conduct a survey for a controversial dam project that has stirred local opposition.
Villagers surrounded the man's car, questioned him and then took him to the local temple to swear in front of a statue of Buddha that he was not working for the government.