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posted by mrpg on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:06AM   Printer-friendly
from the hack-the-animal-planet dept.

Source: Animal shelter faces backlash after using robot to scare off homeless people:

The San Francisco branch of the SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) hired a K5 robot built by Knightscope to patrol the sidewalks outside its facilities. According to a report from the San Francisco Business Times, the robot was deployed as a “way to try dealing with the growing number of needles, car break-ins and crime that seemed to emanate from nearby tent encampments of homeless people.”

[...] The robot in question is equipped with four cameras, moves at a pace of three miles per hour, and is cheaper than a human security guard — costing around $6 an hour to rent. Knightscope’s bots are some of the most popular robot guards around and have popped up in the news in the past. The same model of robot previously knocked over a toddler in a mall and fell into a fountain in DC. Knightscope says its robots are intended as deterrents, and for providing mobile surveillance.

[...] According to the SPCA, attacks have already taken place, with Scarlett telling the Business Times that within a week of the robot starting its duties, some people “put a tarp over it, knocked it over and put barbecue sauce on all the sensors.” One Twitter user reported seeing the robot with feces smeared on it.


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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:38AM (5 children)

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:38AM (#610657) Homepage Journal

    Engineers who moved to San Francisco to work in the software industry are able to pay for housing that is too expensive for locals whose families have been in San Francisco for generations.

    While SF has rent control, the landlords are creative in finding ways around it.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:21AM (1 child)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:21AM (#610669) Homepage

    San Francisco is full of Prius-driving faggot hypocrites.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Saturday December 16 2017, @11:10AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @11:10AM (#610679) Homepage Journal

      You're amazing Eth. How do you get so much redundancy into one sentence? San Francisco . . . prius . . . faggot . . . hypocrite - it's just amazing!

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  • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:41PM (2 children)

    by LoRdTAW (3755) on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:41PM (#610683) Journal

    Same in NYC only the work is different. Go on the NYC reddit and it's all transplant wank jobs talking about Manhattan, Brooklyn and Astoria forgetting that the city is bigger than it's overpriced hip neighborhoods.

    • (Score: 2) by SanityCheck on Sunday December 17 2017, @06:25PM (1 child)

      by SanityCheck (5190) on Sunday December 17 2017, @06:25PM (#611035)

      Brooklyn: https://youtu.be/WuUE7bj1SMQ [youtu.be]

      Sorry I will never work nor live in a place where people unceremoniously shit on the street.

      • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Sunday December 17 2017, @11:29PM

        by LoRdTAW (3755) on Sunday December 17 2017, @11:29PM (#611152) Journal

        You're worried about human shit when how many millions of selfish, brain dead dog owners who allow their animals to unceremoniously shit on lawns, side walks and streets. That's equally disgusting and filthy. Feces are feces.

        Besides, that's crackhead level activity right there. And extremely rare outside of areas around homeless shelters and rehab clinics. And the best part is the twat lives in Brooklyn and is somehow surprised by this and went through the effort to make a video. Like no one has ever seen shit on the street of a big city.