back to article Robot Romeo gets its 'antenna' snapped off in attempt to 'charm' testy American

A robotic Romeo, attempting to "charm" or "distract" its target, suffered damage to its antenna during an altercation with a man in North Carolina, according to media reports. The machine was an "elite member" of a specialist local police unit. The Times-News of Hendersonville, North Carolina, has the story, in which sheriff's …

  1. Anonymous Coward

    You know how this could have been resolved?

    More Guns!

    Well, it's the NRA's stock (ahem) answer to all gun problems in the the USA.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: You know how this could have been resolved?

      We don't have a gun problem in the US; The guns work fine.

      It's the populations that are disarmed and helpless that have the problem.

      1. Geoffrey W

        Re: You know how this could have been resolved?

        YEP. The problem being cleaning up all the mess created by gun owners

      2. Anonymous Coward

        Re: You know how this could have been resolved?

        It's the populations that are disarmed and helpless that have the problem.

        I love how people such as yourself love to ignore the facts.

        "The study, which was released Wednesday, shows that gun owners committed only 259 “justifiable homicides” involving a gun, compared to 8,342 criminal gun homicides in 2012. This brings the ratio to about 32 criminal gun homicides for every one justifiable gun homicide."

        "Packing heat may backfire. People who carry guns are far likelier to get shot – and killed – than those who are unarmed, a study of shooting victims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has found."

        "A recent meta-analysis concluded what many people already knew: the availability of firearms is a strong risk factor for both homicide and suicide. But the study came to another conclusion that is rarely mentioned in the gun control debate: females are uniquely impacted by the availability of a firearm. Indeed, the study found that women with access to firearms become homicide victims at significantly higher rates than men."

  2. Quortney Fortensplibe

    The Empire Strikes Back?

    Plus one for using proper English spelling of "doughnuts"

    More of same please!

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: The Empire Strikes Back?

      Yes, agreed.

      Here in Canada, they don't understand my deliberate mis-pronunciation of "duffnuts".

  3. MAF

    Obligatory RC comment

    Put the gun down or there will be trouble..ow!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So, how many seconds to comply did he get?

    (Way too) Curious minds want to know.

  5. chivo243 Silver badge

    "Damages to equipment"

    Good thing Romeo has no feelings.... OUCH!

  6. Gordon 10

    gives a whole new meaning to the phrase

    "Rise" of the machines


  7. Francis Boyle Silver badge

    I hope Romeo gets a ten inch

    replacement antenna. Anything less would be a crime.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I hope Romeo gets a ten inch

      "Anything less would be a crime."

      Not necessarily. "Romeo" (at this juncture) might want to become Romitta. Who are we to force an unwanted appendage (peripheral, if you will) upon this hapless servant of The Man?

      Where's *PETA?!

      * People for the Ethical Treatment of Automatons

  8. JohnNE12

    An armed man who fired at officers in Bostic...

    ...could have been a sticky situation!

  9. Your alien overlord - fear me

    Well, if I had a loaded weapon and wanted to shoot my load, Kristanna Loken is a perfectly acceptable recipient.

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