AN ANGRY construction worker was slammed after kicking grocery delivery robots and TikTok viewers felt sorry for “the little guys”.
filming shows the man in an orange hi-vis suit repeatedly kicking the innocent little robot into roadside bushes.
Outraged social media users rushed to defend the “food badgers” who deliver co-op food to local residents in Cambridge.
Other AI-controlled engines also drove alongside, but struggled on the icy sidewalks.
People flooded the comments section with sympathy for the grocery delivery robots.
One person wrote: “Oh poor robots leave them alone, they’re just trying to do our jobs.”
Another wrote: “I like these little fellas, always smile at me when I see them overcoming obstacles.”
“Is it just me or does it make others feel bad if something happens to these guys?” added a third.
Someone even suggested “the man who kicked it should be fined”.
But other people poked fun at the situation, “where are your winter tires?” they asked amid the snowy weather.
“I just need better tires and they will be solid for the next round,” commented a second.
Ironically, a Deliveroo driver was also spotted in the video watching the robot cross the road at a traffic light.
TikTok users pointed out, “Deliveroo drivers are looking at their job being taken away from them.”
“Deliveroo guy giving them nasty,” joked another.
A Starship spokesman said: “The overwhelming majority of Cambridge residents have truly embraced our robots as part of the community and we are proud to serve them.
“On this occasion, our little robots seem annoyed by this unfriendly human’s behavior, but it’s all part of their learning process out there in the big wide world, and they have long memories.”
But other people weren’t as supportive of the food badgers, leaving comments expressing their frustration.
One said: “They take up a lot of the pavement, they’re motorized vehicles, they really should be on the road.”
“Or, and listen to me, we’ll give a person a job to do this delivery for a decent wage, just a thought,” wrote another.
Another claimed: “When the temperature is freezing the battery drains and they stop in the middle of the road disrupting traffic.”
A Co-op spokesman said: “In relation to the continuation of the robots, they are going from strength to strength and we have just extended the service to the Leeds area as they are extremely popular with our customers where they have a fast and convenient shopping delivery service to offer all locations where we operate them.
“There are no plans to stop using them.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9923085/coop-delivery-robots-cambridge-kicked-by-workers-tiktok/ Moment when workers KICK futuristic AI-controlled robots delivering groceries… while TikTok viewers feel sorry for “the little guys”.