There is outrage over Google map photos showing a child, wearing only a blue pair of shorts, standing by the side of a road in Negombo, Sri Lanka, holding a pistol in his hand. The image has sparked concern among Reddit users for the boy’s welfare.
The image, posted to the subreddit r/googlemapsshenanigans and which shows the child wearing a pair of shorts with no shirt or shoes, was captioned: “You came to the wrong neighbourhood…”
He was seen holding the weapon in his left hand by his side. His face was blurred out as standard with the app’s protocol.
The snap, which was found on Street View in Negombo, Sri Lanka, sparked a few jokes in the Reddit forums but not everyone could see the funny side.
One user said: “His lil fingers can barely wrap around the handle. It’s sad when people have children in bad conditions.”
Another added: “Imagine getting shot by this little guy.”
A third said: “If I ever find myself in Negombo I’ll be sure to keep the doors locked and windows up at all times.”
A fourth wrote: “Toy gun (I hope).”
It has not been confirmed whether the weapon is real or not.
The news comes after a huge ‘bomb target’ that can be seen from space in the US via Google Maps.
The post fascinated Reddit users as they give it 89 upvotes and speculated whether it was used for nuclear weapons testing or by NASA.
One user said: “I guess it was for nuclear testing.”
Another added: “I think this is for calibrating targeting systems on satellite weapons to eradicate the giant roach people. But I could be wrong.”