Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bum-Bot Draws Ire of Ne'er-Do-Wells, Hippies

Robert Terrill, nearing both his 60th birthday, as well as retirement, recently purchased a pub in a run-down section of town. Due to vagrancy, break-ins, drug use, and overall fear engendered by the ne'er-do-wells in the area, Terrill resorted to his own measures to curb problems,

Utilizing his skill of engineerings, he collected ordinary bits and pieces and created The Bum-Bot. Hand-controlled (like a video game) by Terrill himself, the Bot sneaks up on people and alerts them that they are trespassing and have seconds to vacate the premises.

The 300+-lb., box-shaped robot is equipped with glowing, red eyes, along with a bright spotlight, and a high-powered.water canon The neighborhood which surrounds hit is a renowned druggie haven, replete with spent needles littering the area. It also happens to be home to a playground and child care facility.

While opponents say the Bum-Bot is nothing more than a marketing and political gimmick for Terrill, others say they feel safer by its presence.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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