Remember HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot? Late last year he successfully thumbed his way across the entirety of Canada. But, just as I predicted in that post, his journey came to a swift end upon entering the U.S., and the robot was found decapitated and de-armitated in Philadelphia after just two weeks. Apparently the City Of Brotherly Love does not extend that same love to robots.
According to the Associated Press, the robot's creators were sent a photo of their vandalized robot collapsed among trash and dead leaves on the Philadelphia pavement, its pool noodle arms ripped from its beer bucket torso, its plastic cake saver skull and robot brain nowhere in sight. They decided not to share the image because it might be upsetting to some viewers.
"Sometimes bad things happen to good robots!" hitchBot philosophized on Twitter, peculiarly chipper for a creature that had just been stripped of its arms. "My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade."
Based on the empty Miller Lite Can in its head, maybe there wasn't any foul play after all. Maybe HitchBOT just got trashed and took a nasty spill. Maybe he was sitting on that brick wall in the photo chugging beers and pulled a Humpty Dumpty. It's happened to me before. Granted the fall didn't tear my arms and head off, but I'm not a fragile little robot. Just so we're clear though, this was definitely the work of humans. Presumably ones that think the Phillie Phanatic is the best mascot ever.
Thanks to everyone who sent this, who just poured out a little motor oil for their hitchhiking homie.