TikTok video shows ‘Saw’ tricycle puppets on Google Maps
We have reported a good deal of weird, spooky, and bizarre discoveries in satellite imagery and elsewhere. So when a TikTok Video featured several Billy the puppet figurines from the “Saw” movie franchise and which would have all been found on Google Maps Street View, we decided to take a closer look.
The video was viewed almost 5 million times in its first 24 hours. It was published by the @googlemapsfun TikTok Channel May 4, 2021.
A total of 10 of the “Saw” tricycles with Billy the Puppet were visible in the first 360 degree photo on Google Maps. When the camera moved into a closed area, it was closed.
The last photographs showed a descent down stairs, past a hooded figure.
The clowns were visible in the final image, as were other iterations of Billy the Puppet.
Google Maps and Google Earth were both tagged in the video, as both share the same maps, satellite images, Street View images, and user-submitted photographs.
Despite the creepy music and the odd situation, the video just showed a bit of clever marketing for escape room company iLocked in St. Petersburg, Russia.
For readers who do not know escape rooms, the activity offers groups of people the opportunity to safely solve often complex puzzles in one or more locked rooms. Participants are encouraged to look for clues and try to solve the puzzles as quickly as possible.
Regarding the marketing images of the escape room in the TikTok video, readers may look at the photos for themselves. The coordinates for Google Maps are: 59.921104,30.3506614. They were assigned to a Instagram page by the same person who runs the TikTok channel, which reported that posting the video was a lot of fun.
The images were not taken by a Google Maps Street View car. Instead, the user-submitted photographs were taken by Nikita M. for the escape room company iLocked.
The most popular video on his YouTube channel showed an escape room scenario on the theme of “Saw”.
On May 1, 2021, the company posted on VK’s social media website that the government was banning the company from doing business due to “lawlessness” by other sites that operated under the iLocked brand.
The post provided details of an alleged injury suffered by a boy while on a “The Hobbit” themed quest. It didn’t seem to have anything to do with “Saw”.
According to the post, the cited injury was not reported until 10 days after he attended the escape room.
It’s unclear when the escape room might reopen in the future.