It’s a little strange to share the grocery aisles with a rolling, six foot-three, robot that looks like a piece from a board game or a bad knock off of Gumby.

We are told that Marty the Robot randomly rolls up and down the aisles looking for spills and other hazards. The sign on him reads:

Marty is an autonomous robot that uses image capturing technology to report spills, debris, and other potential hazards to store employees to improve your shopping experience.

If it was my store, instead of giant, steel gray, vertical Roomba, I’d put up a few signs asking shoppers to let us know of a problem and then reward them with coupon or a lolypop.

Somebody designed this thing, Somebody thought of the googly eyes and the lopsided smile to make it less creepy.

It is a surveillance system. It looks a bit different when you Photoshop out the mask.

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