Talk about people being slaves to machines: a new report says that a woman somehow managed to take a 900-mile detour on what was supposed to be a 90-mile trip because of a malfunction in her GPS navigation system.
The woman in question is 67-year-old Belgian Sabine Moreau, who had set out on Saturday, January 5 to pick up a friend 90 miles away only to end up in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on Monday. Somewhere along the way, she managed to miss a turn and continued going until passing well into Croatia, some 900 miles from her home in Hainault, Belgium.
According to Belgian news site Nieuwsblad.be, Moreau's GPS gave several detours during the trip, which would normally take around an hour. She confesses to having been distracted when questioned on why she didn't turn around, even after the signs began pointing to French, then German, Austrian, Slovenian, and Croatian towns. The news site even said that Moreau stopped for gas twice and took naps on the side of the road before turning back.
The friend Moreau was en route to pick up found her own way to Moreau's house to discover her missing; Moreau's son reported her missing to the authorities as well. After reaching Zagreb, Moreau realized her mistake and realized she should turn back.
To put the accidental road trip into perspective, the drive was roughly as far as a trip from New York, New York to St. Louis, Missouri.