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Fri Dec 27, 2019, 10:35 AM

Police respond to home intruder call that turned out to be a robot vacuum

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/police-respond-to-home-intruder-call-that-turned-out-to-be-a-robot-vacuum/ar-BBYnpph?ocid=spartanntp

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Upon entering the home, deputies couldn’t find a human suspect. Instead, they found the couple’s robot vacuum wedged up against a wall, banging back and forth in an attempt to free itself. The vacuum, which had been purchased just days earlier, had woken itself up in the middle of the night and decided to do some cleaning. Unfortunately, it found itself stuck, and while doing its best to escape, it woke up its confused owners.




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Reply Police respond to home intruder call that turned out to be a robot vacuum (Original post)
MissMillie Dec 27 OP
Beringia Dec 27 #1
MissMillie Dec 27 #7
Arkansas Granny Dec 27 #2
5X Dec 27 #3
maxsolomon Dec 27 #19
Aristus Dec 27 #4
burrowowl Dec 27 #11
packman Dec 27 #14
burrowowl Jan 1 #20
PatSeg Dec 27 #16
samnsara Dec 27 #5
marble falls Dec 27 #6
NewJeffCT Dec 27 #8
Midnight Writer Dec 27 #12
Politicub Dec 27 #9
Liberty Belle Dec 27 #10
Fritz Walter Dec 27 #13
40RatRod Dec 27 #15
KY_EnviroGuy Dec 27 #17
Buns_of_Fire Dec 27 #18

Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 10:45 AM

1. That's funny



I have my own story to add.

I grew up in a big house with lots of siblings. We had to take turns doing the dishes. My younger brother, about age 13 was doing them. He didn't want to do the dishes and so started saying aloud, "somebody please help me, somebody please help me, I can't do the dishes" over and over. Then the police arrived, a few of them and searched the house. Some neighbor must have called it in and the police were looking for a person who had been kidnapped or something.

I don't think anyone told the police what had happened, I don't remember.

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Response to Beringia (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 11:21 AM

7. Something similar happened to a friend of mine.

He didn't realize that cats don't need baths. He tried to give his cat a shower and a neighbor called the police because they thought someone was beating his kid.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 10:55 AM

2. So funny. I just sent that to my daughter and granddaughter.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 10:58 AM

3. How many times did they shoot it?

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Response to 5X (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 01:40 PM

19. My 1st question as well.

The homeowners should be mortified with embarrassment.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 11:00 AM

4. Police shot the Roomba fifty-seven times after demanding just once

that the robot raise its hands.

The Roomba has no hands.

The police officers involved shouted "Stop resisting!' repeatedly until firing the last shot.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 12:12 PM

11. Too true!

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 12:39 PM

14. Was the Roomba black - should have bought the white one

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Response to packman (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 07:03 AM

20. Hmm!

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Response to Aristus (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 01:15 PM

16. "Stop resisting"

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 11:15 AM

5. i bought myself 2 of these and they do make a racket when they get stuck on something..

...this reminds me of the yuppie cpl living next to the Griswolds in National Lampoon Christmas!

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 11:18 AM

6. I guess they didn't know how to Roomba. "Dust 'em, Dano!"

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 11:25 AM

8. sure it seemed like the robot vacuum

it was really Skynet starting to flex its muscles



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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 12:24 PM

12. My Roomba became self aware, so I released it.

Will not buy again.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 12:02 PM

9. We live in the damn future.

Gay marriage and robot vacuum cleans - life is grand! Awesome.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 12:10 PM

10. My Roomba sucked up a pencil once and made a horrible noise.

After that I disabled the auto feature and only run it when I'm home. That said It's one of my favorite items ever -- I have a very large living room and my back is bad, so the robot vac actually does a pretty good job getting most of the dust and dog fur picked up.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 12:37 PM

13. My Roomba gets stuck ALL THE TIME!

Sometimes I’m home when she* can’t find the way out of a corner, and is easy to find and rescue.

Other times —usually when I step out for a few minutes — she finds the exact midpoint under my king-size bed to get stuck. I have to use a broom to push her to a more accessible spot.

But she wipes out dust bunnies much better than my old Kenmore upright, so she’s a keeper.
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* For the record, I wasn’t the one who assigned the gender: when she gets stuck, she calls out in a voice that’s unmistakably feminine.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 01:04 PM

15. Mine came with flexible magnetic strips that

prevent it from going under chairs, etc and getting stuck.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 01:31 PM

17. This event really is not funny because......

false alarms like this tie up emergency resources that may be needed elsewhere. This was a problem when I was a volunteer firefighter where false alarms can tie up an entire department for a time, until the true nature of the alarm is determined and the run is cleared.

I believe this will be a worsening problem as more people install so-called "smart home" automated devices.

Cute story but that cop could have been needed at another location for the real thing.

KY......

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 01:35 PM

18. Mine developed an unhealthy romance with the floor lamp base.

I finally had to separate them and put a box around the base. She doesn't seem to hold against me -- but I don't let her wake up by herself, just in case.

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