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A “reformed” smoker is caught with cigs on camera.

In 2009, a Google Street View car caught Donald Ryding, a “reformed” smoker from Leasowe, England in his driveway with a cigarette in his hand.Mercury Press & Media/Caters News Agency

In 2009, a Google Street View car caught Donald Ryding, a “reformed” smoker from Leasowe, England in his driveway with a cigarette in his hand.

Snuff out that butt and smile for the camera!

A purportedly “reformed” smoker in England was busted sneaking a puff on the street, landing himself in hot water with his wife and learning a lesson about life in the Internet age.

Donny Ryding, a 58-year-old cabbie from Leasowe, England, thought he was sly when he crept out of his house for a few drags. The Brit promised his wife he had kicked his junk food and smoking habits after suffering a heart attack.

As it happened, Google sent out one of its many Street View cameras that day to update its stock images around the northwest of England. The omnipresent tech monster caught Ryding in his unguarded glory, cig in hand and acting as if he were the invisible man.

I couldn’t believe it. There was no denying it now; we’d seen it.

Unbeknownst to the oblivious bloke, all eyes were on him.

His wife, Julie Ryding, 50, had already grown suspicious of his self-proclaimed, new-and-improved “healthy” lifestyle ever since she’d discovered a hidden stash of Hobnob biscuits in his car. Still, her inquiries only prompted Ryding to double down on his claims.

“He stormed out of the house and then, later that day, we’d heard that the street view camera was driving around,” she told the Liverpool Echo.

Donald Ryding, 58, told his wife Julie Ryding, 50, that he quit smoking after he suffered a heart attack. But Google Street View blew his cover when his wife found a snapshot of him smoking in the driveway.Dan Rowlands/Mercury Press/Caters News Agency

Donald Ryding, 58, told his wife Julie Ryding, 50, that he quit smoking after he suffered a heart attack. But Google Street View blew his cover when his wife found a snapshot of him smoking in the driveway.

She checked online for their address, and the pictures she found did not lie.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Julie Ryding said. “There was no denying it now; we’d seen it.”

Confronted with the incontrovertible evidence, her hubby stared at the computer in utter shock, he told The Telegraph.

Needless to say, he was banished to the couch that night.

The incriminating photo from 2009 has already been replaced, but the picture can still be accessed using a feature on Google maps that allows users to look at images from prior years. And this wasn’t the first time the Street View spies captured people in their most humiliating moments.

The couple decided to share their story now when Julie Ryding saw the local paper’s inquiry for funny Google Street View stories.

“Since it happened we’ve called it Hobnob day,” Julie Ryding said. “Whenever the family gets together, we laugh and joke about it.”

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