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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 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.

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  • (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: []

    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.