Drunken Kanagawa man arrested after kicking SoftBank robot


A drunken 60-year-old man was arrested for allegedly kicking a Pepper robot in a fit of rage at a SoftBank Corp. store, police said.

According to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, Kiichi Ishikawa from Yokosuka entered the local SoftBank branch Sunday morning and kicked a Pepper there. He has admitted to damaging property, saying he did not like the attitude of a store clerk.

The clerk was not injured, the police said.

Security footage shows the drunken Ishikawa kicking the robot, according to the police. Investigators said the damaged Pepper now moves slower and that its internal computer system may have been broken.

  • At Times Mistaken

    In the words of the cybernetic organism T-850, this man may be “the last best hope of humankind.”

  • J.P. Bunny

    Brings a smile to my Luddite heart.

  • zer0_0zor0

    To the Charles Dickens with Softbank and Masyoshi Son’s drone army.

  • Firas Kraïem

    Goodness, those things look creepy.

  • HA HA HA!!!! Cheers Mate!!! Hit em with pepper spray next time!

  • Laghdaf Abadila

    Of course we should respect robots as much as we do beg them to also respect us once they may one day become more advanced than us.