Robot Suicide? Rogue Roomba Switches Self On, Climbs Onto Hotplate, Burns Up

First-Ever 'Robot Suicide' Reported Overseas

A rogue Roomba has made robot history. After hoovering up stray cereal on the kitchen counter one too many times, the fed-up bot committed suicide.

At least that's the way the tale was told by several media outlets that jumped on the story.

The little dirt-sucker, model 760, reportedly turned itself on, rolled onto a hot plate, and set itself ablaze in Kirchdorf, Austria. When firefighters arrived on the scene, all that was left of the little fellow was a pile of ash. Freaky.

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The remains of the robot discovered on a hotplate in the apartment by firefighters.

"Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the work surface where it pushed a cooking pot out of the way and basically that was the end of it," fireman Helmut Kniewasser told The Daily Mail. "I don't know about the allegations of a robot suicide but the homeowner is insistent that the device was switched off--it's a mystery how it came to be activated and ended up making its way to the hotplate."

The little bot's final revenge? The blaze required the building to be evacuated, and the smoke damage to the apartment reportedly left homeowner Gernot Hackl and his family homeless.

"Everything is black,"Hackl told Mirror News. "It's not possible to live here at the moment. I would never buy one again, you buy them to keep the place clean, not almost burn it down and ruin everything."

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