In cluttered environments the overhead view is often preferred because looking down can afford better visibility and coverage. However detecting people in this or any other extreme view can be challenging as there is a significant variation in a person's appearances depending only on their position in the picture. The Histogram of Oriented Gradient (HOG) algorithm, a standard algorithm for pedestrian detection, does not perform well here, especially where the image quality is poor. We show that on average, 9 false detections occur per image. We propose a new algorithm where transforming the image patch containing a person to remove positional dependency and then applying the HOG algorithm eliminates 98% of the spurious detections in noisy images from an industrial assembly line and detects people with a 95% efficiency.