A house-hunter who thought she had found her dream home says she was put off buying the property after spotting “two disembodied legs” when looking it up on Google Maps.
Sally Doherty had been viewing a bungalow in Woking, Surrey, on Rightmove and decided to look it up on Street View to get a better look at the home and surrounding area.
The children’s author says entering the address took her to a “barren landscape” and as she went in search of the house, she found a pair of legs cut off at the knees, wearing white socks and black trainers, standing at the side of the country road.
Sally, from Kingston on Thames, says she has now been put off the property entirely as it is “in the middle of nowhere” and the sighting of the rogue legs “didn’t help”.
“Initially, I was completely freaked out,” said the 36-year-old. “I think I had a sharp intake of breath. Then it was more of a ‘What the…?’ as I tried to work out what was going on.
“I mean, the Street View was supposed to be taking me to a house and suddenly… disembodied legs.
“I’m not really superstitious but I was put off the property a little in that it seemed to be quite isolated and in the middle of nowhere, and the Street View picture obviously didn’t help.
“I’m guessing the legs belong to the person who was taking the Street View pictures? Maybe not, and we don’t want to destroy the magic.
“I shared it to Twitter where a couple of writer friends said it would make a great story prompt.
“It could definitely be great inspiration for a future story, although I’ve just finished my first children’s book Toby and the Silver Blood Witches.”
Sally shared the image on Twitter with the caption: “When you’re looking at Street View and then two disembodied legs pop up”, leaving her followers equally bemused.
One person replied to say: “Ohhhhhhh, that’s really creepy!”
And another added: “Street View near us has numerous copies of our postie. He’s completely intact though.”