A SECURITY robot assigned to patrol around a San Francisco animal shelter in order to deter vandals has been fired after having unexpected consequences.
US animal adoption agency hired a SECURITY robot to patrol the area around the adoption center.
But the Robot has been fired after it’s presence had some unlikely consequences.
The (SF SPCA) San Francisco society for the prevention of cruelty to Animals was forced to fire the Knightscope K5 robot after claims that it was harassing homeless people.
To prevent break-ins, harassment of staff and vandalism of the property the (SF SPCA) said they used the 150cm tall robot.
The Robot is 180Kg, given the name K-9, patrolled the shelter’s parking lots and sidewalks, capturing security video and reading up to 300 license plates per minute.
Numerous homeless people who often pitched their tents nearby claimed that the (SPCA) was using it to move them from the area.
“We called it the anti-homeless robot,” John Alvarado, one of the people who regularly camped next to the organization.
John also said: the loud beeping noises that the Robot emitted made him decide to move his tent to another area, adding: “I guess that was the reason for the robot.”
The Robot suffered a few attacks, including being kicked over, covered in a trap and having BBQ sauce and even faeces smeared over it.
Both the SF SPCA and Knightscope, creator of the security bot, denied the allegations that the machine’s purpose was to harass or deter homeless people.