Friendly Hitchhiking Robot Destroyed By Vandals In Philadelphia (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A hitchhiking robot from Canada, hitchBOT, was supposed to trek through the U.S., just as it had done in Germany, the Netherlands and Canada, with the help of citizens (video below).

The U.S. leg of hitchBOT's journey started in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on July 17. The robot was successfully transported around Boston, even making it to a Red Sox game, notes The Associated Press.

On a video (below) posted on YouTube, a family in Philadelphia finds hitchBOT on Aug. 1 and states their intentions to take it to Independence Hall; they transport and leave the robot intact on a bench.

The friendly robot was later found vandalized in Philadelphia on Aug. 2, notes Gizmodo.

Lauren O'Neil, of CBC News, tweeted a picture of hitchBOT's destroyed body with the caption: "Canada's hitchhiking robot lasts just two weeks in U.S. before getting decapitated."

The hitchBOT website states:

"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 robot's "family" explained on the website that it would not be pressing charges against the vandals, but would rather "remember the good times."

(Note: Robot part begins at 7:30 mark)

Sources:, Lauren O'Neil/Twitter, GizmodoAP / Photo credit: Vimeo Screenshot