A surveillance video shows the attack on hitchBOT. The camera footage shows a man beating the robot with a baseball bat and stomping on it before walking away. Zeller:
Sadly, sadly it’s come to an end. I’m surprised by how upset I actually am. I didn’t expect it. I think that image that’s circulated now on social media of vandalized HitchBOT is quite upsetting.
After two weeks on the road, hitchBOT is found at the side of the road in Philadelphia dismembered and decapitated.
Oh dear, my body was damaged, but I live on back home and with all my friends. I guess sometimes bad things happen to good robots! My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade. Thank you to all my friends.
The makers say:
For now we will focus on the question “what can be learned from this?” and explore future adventures for robots and humans. We have no interest in pressing charges or finding the people who vandalized hitchBOT; we wish to remember the good times, and we encourage hitchBOT’s friends and fans to do the same.