Why Am I Not Surprised?: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated In Philadelphia

August 3, 2015


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.

  • iofo61

    It's more likely that the robot achieved sentience and killed itself upon realizing it was in Philadelphia. That's one way to stick it to Skynet.

  • Zachary Zarko

    Poor HitchBOT. He was in West Philadelphia chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool and shootin' some b-ball outside of the school. Then a couple of guys who were up to no good, started making trouble in his neighborhood.

    He got in one little fight, and he got decapitated.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    They were probably recreating one of the greatest movies of all time.


  • cheesethepuffman

    It's a five gallon bucket with pool noodles and an led screen
    it's not a robot

  • It was a rubbish robot anyway. Dusty Bin was a better robot.

  • How do we know this wasn't staged? I find it very suspicious that the creators were sent a picture from some random person that wanted to trash their toy.

    Unless I'm mistaken and the bot has their email address and mobile numbers and stuff on it. But it still seems like foul play to me.

  • hearsetrax

    crying shame .... I hope they get caught and creamated alive

  • UnsweetC

    "The Gang Stops Skynet" At least my city is trying to save you all from the robots!

  • Ed

    Humanity strikes back!

  • Jan Bergström


  • Roark

    It could of been worse - They could have the Robot reenact the 1986 movie: The Hitcher - Could have the Robot torn apart using two Semi Trucks driving in opposite directions while being tied to them by the limbs

  • Peter Schmidt

    Could have*

  • Roark

    The arms are ripped off, so I guess it could of went down just like the movie. What a way to Go....

  • Peter Schmidt

    Still wrong.

  • Roark

    Thanks for letting me know about my mistake - I did not get it at first

  • Peter Schmidt

    You're welcome.

  • Bubbubsky

    I'm not surprised it happened in the "greatest country in the world." I'm even less surprised it happened in Philadelphia, the greatest cess-pit city in America.

  • Dave

    Says some one who has likely never been to Philadelphia.

  • mike spili

    I unfortunately have been to Philly, for 8 years. Agree with Bubbubsky 100%.

  • Dave

    Sounds like the problem is with you. I've been here since 2004 and wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

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