An angry Melbourne grandmother inadvertently pictured topless in ad hoardings after being photographed by a drone taking real estate images, says they should be banned from taking rogue images
A furious Australian woman whose topless image inadvertently appeared in property billboard and online adverts after being taken by a drone over her property, says they should be banned from taking taking rogue images.
Mandy Lingard, a mother and grandmother, was sunbathing in her back yard when she was photographed by a drone taking aerial images of her neighbour’s property at Mount Martha in Mornington Peninsula, the Herald Sun website reports.
The 50-year-old says she has been humiliated and embarrassed after the photograph, which depicts her scantily-clad and lying face down on the grass, appeared on a ‘for sale’ billboard outside her neighbour’s home. The offending image has also appeared in the real estate magazine and online.
“I heard a noise then I saw this odd thing flying around and thought it was a kid’s toy. It hovered around and luckily I was face down at the time,” she told News Corp.
“Then a couple of weeks later I walked out my door and thought ‘Oh my God’ that’s what it was doing; taking photographs. You could see it’s our backyard and quite clearly me. It’s in the real estate magazine, it’s on the internet and the board. I’m really embarrassed.”
Mandy Lingard has told 7 News Melbourne that image manipulation software should have been used to ensure she did not appear in the image and laws need changing to stop drones snapping pictures in people’s backyards.Agent, Eview Real Estate Partners released a statement apologising for embarrassing Ms Lingard, and says the incident is an oversight that will not happen again. The billboard has now been taken down.
Steve Walsh, of Eview, defended the use of drones for aerial photography saying, “It’s something that Google does and people use that every day.”
By Adrian Bishop, Editor, OPP Connect