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Saturday, April 26, 2008

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

Rufus Terrill, nearing both his 60th birthday and retirement, recently purchased a pub in a run-down section of the crime-infested Atlanta, GA.  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 at engineering, he collected ordinary bits and pieces of machinery to create 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 cannon.  The neighborhood surrounding it 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 gangbangers activists say the Bum-Bot is nothing more than a marketing and political ploy for Atlanta's Rufus Terrill, others say they feel safer by the Bum-Bot's presence.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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