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YES: Roomba Turns Itself On, Rolls Onto Stove, Burns

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These are the remains of a Roomba from Austria that allegedly turned itself on, ran onto a kitchen hotplate, and burned to death. Robot suicide? We can only hope. I like how you can see the ash tire tracks from when it was running around in circles while on fire. That makes me happy.

'The home-owner had put the small robot on the work surface to clean up some spilled cereal. Once the robot had done its job it was switched off but left on the kitchen sideboard.


'Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the work surface where it pushed a cooking pot out of the way and basically that was the end of it.

'It pretty quickly started to melt underneath and then stuck to the kitchen hotplate. It then caught fire. By the time we arrived, it was just a pile of ash.

'I don't know about the allegations of a robot suicide but the homeowner is insistent that the device was switched off - it's a mystery how it came to be activated and ended up making its way to the hotplate.'

The homeowner said: 'The company that makes the robots is selling dangerous devices, I intend to sue to get compensation. It has ruined my home as everything is smoke damaged.'

Well of course you plan on suing, you're a JACKASS. First of all, you put a Roomba on a counter to clean spilled cereal. Just how catastrophic was this cereal spill? Would a paper towel not do the trick? Secondly, that's the same Roomba that cleans the floors, now it's on your KITCHEN COUNTER. That's like putting your shoes on the counter. Thirdly, you left a pot on the stove with the stove on and left the house. Clearly you're not smart enough to be doing that. As much as I hate robots, I side with the Roomba. I'd throw myself on a hotplate too if I was a slave to this @$$hole.

Thanks to Jeremy and Cleaner, who agree anybody who buys a Roomba shouldn't be allowed to sue because IT'S A ROBOT, what did you think was gonna happen?

There are Comments.
  • Guest

    this is like that movie Never Back Down

  • MonkeyKing1969

    I'd kill my self too if I learned my owner was SO LAZY they would pick me up onto a counter rather than clean a few bits of cereal off that counter themselves.

  • Austin Harsh

    Haha, reminds me of this --> http://xkcd.com/1046/

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Careful you don't spill your McD's coffee! It might be hot!

  • MustacheHam

    It was a sad robot.

  • TheOtakuX

    If true, this means Roombas aren't bound by the Three Laws of Robotics. How long until a Roomba kills a man?

  • Guest

    poor robot

  • KLanD

    So.. Roomba's can jump onto counters now?

    "'The company that makes the robots is selling dangerous devices, I intend to sue to get compensation. It has ruined my home as everything is smoke damaged."

    You can't sue for your own stupidity.

  • Nimcis

    Fake and total BS. Nice try.

  • DrZanz

    Love that rant GW, good work.
    Obvious BS is obvious though.

  • just1nw

    Smell that? That's the smell of burning plastic and a desperate dumbass looking for their 15 minutes and a quick cheque. Smells terrible.

  • p_shep

    Also call BS.
    1. I can't see that much ash coming from a rumba.
    2. The plastic would melt into a blob, not wood-like ash.

  • qwert`

    maybe those are its stomach contents? could be dust and cheerios

  • Stephen Casto

    So fake... The house would be FULL of thick smoke if it caught on fire (plastics) the edges of the hot plate would make the roomba turn around, NO ONE puts a roomba on a counter to clean anything, IF a MORON does put one up on a counter to spot clean, it would not have the space to do a spot clean (a circle about a meter across).

  • Ana Cristina

    Yeah, I'm just going to call this BS.

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