'Swedes miss Capri after GPS gaffe'

I meant to blog about this news story when I first saw it, a couple of weeks back:

Swedes miss Capri after GPS gaffe

It begins:

A Swedish couple in search of the isle of Capri drove to Carpi, an industrial town in northern Italy, because they misspelt the name in their car's GPS.

And I especially like this:

"Capri is an island. They did not even wonder why they didn't cross any bridge or take any boat," said a bemused tourism official in Carpi.


Does the story illustrate the importance of correct spelling or the importance of common sense? Probably more the latter...

Oh, and here's a photo of Capri (not Carpi):

3 comments:

Jill Duffy said...

I once worked at a company that held an annual conference in San Jose, California. A few years back, a very confused attendee called the office the first day of the show asking for a refund, because he had booked his tickets to (and was calling from) San Jose, Costa Rica.

Fran Hill said...

Similar misunderstandings happened when I was a medical secretary. Once a colleague (new) misheard the dictation given by a surgeon and wrote, 'Dear Doctor. I recommend that your patient has a day at the sea to cure her problem.' What he'd actually recommended was a D & C (dilettation and curettage - a procedure which scrapes the lining of the womb). I'm sure she would have preferred the seaside, but the letter was seen just in time ...

Anonymous said...

Localizzatori GPS devices are becoming common not just in Italy or in Europe but also in the US. hmmm, makes me wonder why?