Man who listed house as Moldovan embassy for laugh gets diplomats knocking door

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    A bloke who listed his house as the Moldovan Embassy on Google Maps for a laugh said diplomats have been turning up at his door.

    Hughie Shepherd-Cross, 24, lives in Fulham, London, and put the details of his address on the site trying to make it as convincing as possible.

    He even put up a gold plaque to take the gag one step further and for good measure even included his phone number to the entry and got pals to leave ratings.

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    After a little while, people in need of aid from the real Moldovan Embassy began to call him up.

    Then, two diplomates turned up at his door.

    Hughie said: “I received multiple phone calls from confused Moldovan citizens from where I’d listed my number online to make the address look more real.

    “When the two foreign diplomats knocked on my front door, me and my housemates were in jeans and t-shirts and had no idea who they were.

    “They must have been so confused seeing [us] standing in front of them, and because of the language barrier, we couldn’t answer any of their questions.

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    Despite the real Moldovan Embassy being just down the road from Fulham in Chiswick, Hughie has still apologised for any “geopolitical confusion” he might have caused.

    He added: “I’m very sorry for any geopolitical confusion I caused, it was meant to be a harmless joke and I didn’t mean to offend the people of Moldova.

    “The High Commission for Grenada is at the end of my road, so I decided to get a plaque made saying Embassy of Moldova for a joke.

    “I stuck it on with screws outside my house, and made a fake address – but for months nothing happened, and I pretty much forgot it was even there.”

    He’s since taken it down, and for good measure too, because: “There have been reports of Putin planning to invade Moldova, and if he did, and we still had the fake embassy address, who knows what would have happened!”

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