On April 12, a woman in Taiwan called the police on a robot vacuum after mistaking the bot for a burglar, according to Kankan News.
The woman was in the house with her daughter when she heard a sound that frightened her. Retreating to another room, she took to the internet for an SOS, saying “Help, I think there is a burglar in my house. What should I do?”
Shortly afterwards, seven police officers arrived at the apartment after receiving multiple calls from internet users about the situation. Since the woman and her child were hiding in the bedroom, a firefighter on the scene helped police enter the apartment by breaking down the door with a buzz saw.
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Once the authorities entered the apartment, they were greeted by a robot vacuum shuffling about, working diligently into the night, meanwhile, no burglar was in sight. Needless to say, the incident was embarassing for all parties, but especially the overly paranoid mother. It’s not clear whether the woman will face any repercussions for the false alarm (aside from needing to buy a new door); however, we reckon she should probably start vacuuming her own house.
Back in 2015, a woman in South Korea was attacked by her robot vacuum after the automatic cleaner began sucking up her hair while she slept. But to be fair, she probably shouldn’t have been sleeping on the floor while the bot was cleaning.
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