When Google Street View captured an image of a man holding a pick axe handle standing over an apparently lifeless body in the street, for one user there was only one answer.
After they saw the disturbing image they called police to report a murder and officers went round to the scene of the crime.
But when officers from Police Scotland turned up at Tomson Motor Company in Edinburgh they found Dan Thompson – the ‘dead’ man very much alive.
Mr Thompson, 56 and mechanic Gary Kerr, 31, had decided to take advantage of the Google Street View cameras and posed for the picture when they saw one of the cars coming.
"I recognised the Google car coming into the street from the camera tower on the top,” said Mr Thompson.
"We just thought we had to do something.
"This opportunity wasn't coming around very often so Gary grabbed a pick axe handle and we ran out into the street.
"Giles Street is in a U-shape so we had about a minute before it would pass us. It had to go around a car park to take various shots so that gave us some time.
"We decided really quickly what to do and I lay down while Gary stood over me with a pick axe handle."
The pair join a number who have posed for or been unintentionally captured by the Google Street View cameras, which provides panoramic views of streets and roads that can be viewed online and zoomed in to create a virtual map.
The two mechanics actually posed for the fake murder in August 2012 but forgot about the image as several months passed before the image was uploaded online.
It had been up on the site for a couple of months before police were called on August 2013 and went round to the garage - a year after the pair had posed for the picture.
Mr Thompson first heard from friends and family - including his son - who had spotted the scene.
He added: "It was a guy from one of our local parts supply companies who called us up and said he had seen us on Street View.
"But then someone else must have looked at it and thought it was a real attack and called the police.
"Then two of Lothian and Borders finest turn up with a report of a man being massacred outside a garage.
"They said it was hilarious and away they went.
"The picture had been up a long time before they came round. It was about a year after we had done it."
A number of infamous scenes have been captured by the mobile cameras including a man picking his nose while driving his car and a pair of snorkelers walking down the street.
The Telegraph, London