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Falsehoods programmers believe about addresses: Google is the source of truth. Bumped into this again today with Foodora, as our address has changed from let's say 15 to 15a.

I can type in "Street 15a" to the address selector, but it forces me to select it from a Google Maps dropdown, and then removes the "a" as I guess it's not yet in Google's data. So even though there are two houses here, 15a and 15b, I cannot specify 15a. Instead I must write it in the additional info box.

@nicd Verifying addresses seems like a bad idea. Address inputs should just be a text box.

@nicd same thing for me. My street has 84, 84a, 84b, and 84c but delivery apps/Google only have 84. I have to wait in front of my neighbour's house when I order anything.

@nicd I had this problem but was able to update our address using these instructions. It took a little while but got fixed eventually: support.google.com/maps/answer

@christopher Sure, I can do that. But services should let me write the address myself in the first place. :)

I remember once in another apartment I was unable to order pizza online as the pizza chain's website didn't recognize that address. All others on the same street, yes, but not our apartment! And since they didn't let me write the address myself, I couldn't make the order at all.

@nicd Agreed - I think some attempt at validation is okay, but it should still let you write something different if you really want.
I have a different problem too - my address has an uncommon character in it (a '/' for a fraction). It's a valid correct postal address, but half the time it gets flagged as an "invalid" character by sites that make wrong assumptions about addresses.

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