Retard of the Week: man follows sat-nav over cliff edge


The secret to an efficient army is the ability for the average grunt to follow orders without question. In civilian life, however, we have the luxury of being able to look at what we are told and think “whoa, wait, what?” Well, for most of us anyway. Some people just need help. For some folks, the path of least resistance is the path more travelled, even when it takes you over a precipice.

Seems Robert Jones from Doncaster has more of a military way of thinking. At least, that would explain how a human with a brain could blindly follow his obviously crap sat-nav without question. Until it put him through a fence on the edge of a cliff. Reports the BBC:

Mr Jones, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, only stopped when his BMW hit a fence above Gauxholme railway bridge on Sunday morning.

Police have charged Mr Jones with driving without due care and attention.

The 43-year-old, who works as a driver, said he relied on his sat nav for his job.

He described Sunday’s incident, during a visit to friends in Todmorden, as “a nightmare”.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers received a call at 11.18am on Sunday March 22 reporting that a BMW was hanging off the edge of a cliff off Bacup Road.

“The driver was a 43-year-old man from Doncaster. He has been summonsed to court for driving without due care and attention” 

Here’s hoping his driving job doesn’t involve anything hazardous or, say, explosive.

I drive one myself, but even I am thinking: bloody BMW drivers.



  1. Brandon
    Posted May 25, 2009 at 10:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    Buddy for all intents and purposes relying on your sat-nav for a driving job is EASIER because the odds of you running off a cliff are much slimmer, and if you are say a truck driver and all you drive on are rural and city roads and national freeways it makes sense to put your faith in the navigation device.

    It’s a common human error to make a wrong assocation:
    “Sat-nav works when I’m driving.”
    instead of “Sat-nav works in this case because the city roads are well-travelled and it behooves the company which produced the product to ensure that it would work on the roads – though it may require extra care and dilligence on my part to ensure for my own safety when I drive on less-travelled paths.”

    Not only that, but, come on. If I paid for a product, I want it to work as advertised. With the advent of marketing and public relations companies, you could be buying a seriously shite product because they have conveniently omitted details or failed to rigorously document the proper use of a product.

    Sorry to put the daisy in your gun barrel, so to speak… but, the motivational poster? “Retards: every now and then, everybody is one”

  2. Posted May 25, 2009 at 11:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    lol – I certainly have my *special* moments, it cannot be denied 🙂

    But still, I agree to your points, but you still have to ask the question: how did he not notice the fence?

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