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Smile for the camera!  (Source: Google)
Google Street View can sometimes pick up on some less than savory moments.

Google Street View is a nifty little tool that can be used with the Google Maps program. I'm sure that many of you have Googled your home or some of your hangouts to see if you could find your car or simply just "cruise" through town at street level.

I personally used the feature to zoom in on my house at street level to see my car parked in my driveway as the Google Street View vehicle whizzed by unannounced.

On other occasions, I've seen people post their Street View finds online. Just last month, I ran across an accident in Phoenix, Arizona caught by a Street View vehicle. The vehicle captures a Range Rover upside down after it crashed into an Audi Q7. Panning around the scene, you can see bystanders looking on in amazement.

Today, however, when visiting my favorite place for car-related topics, The Car Lounge, I came across a rather interesting Google Street View find. The Google Street View vehicle appears to capture a drug deal going down in one of Chicago's rather seedy neighborhoods.

The apparent "deal" doesn't appear to faze any of the bystanders in the scene as they are going about their business.

But it just goes to show that Google's reach is extending into just about every facet of American life... even if it's not in a way that the company would prefer.

For the rest of you out there, post your interesting Street View finds from around the U.S. Don't be shy, I'm sure that the DailyTech readership can find some interesting scenes of your own.

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By Bioniccrackmonk on 3/25/2008 8:45:49 PM , Rating: 3
Try showing my friend tonight but street view no longer has it.

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By onwisconsin on 3/25/2008 9:57:32 PM , Rating: 3
Same here, but you can still see it if you go the nearest intersection and look around/zoom...

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By onwisconsin on 3/25/2008 9:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
Never mind the link...

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By Lord 666 on 3/30/2008 8:48:36 PM , Rating: 2
Or go forward or back two frames to see the same transaction. Google removed the pictures to remove the crystal clear view of license plate.

What would be more interesting is to see how the Google truck was decoyed driving through those streets. Did they put spinners or 21's" with some deep tint and slamming system?

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By AlphaVirus on 3/28/2008 5:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
Are the pictures on Google Street submitted by users or are they picked up by the Google Satellite?

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By VahnTitrio on 3/31/2008 4:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
They drove around with a van that had a panoramic camera mounted on top of it. If you aim the camera down you can see parts of the van itself.

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By Blight AC on 3/31/2008 4:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's a vehicle (typically a Van) that drives around and takes a picture every so often. There's a shot of it where you can see the reflection of the van itself in a storefront window:

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