Bum Bot 2000 - 7:57 AM PDT, Sunday, March 23, 2008 Robot...

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7:57 AM PDT, Sunday, March 23, 2008 Robot reports for security duty in Atlanta QuickTime U and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Erik S. Lesser / For The Times NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Rufus Terrill uses his remote-controlled robot (complete with water cannon) to disperse prostitutes and pushers who gather near his bar Bar owner Rufus Terrill has built what he calls the Bum Bot 2000, a remote- controlled device to chase loiterers away. Homeless advocates object. By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer March 23, 2008 ATLANTA -- Hollywood may have had RoboCop, but the real world now has a robot more attuned to the prosaic realities of the street. The Bum Bot. That is what Rufus Terrill calls the rolling, remote-controlled invention he uses to flush out the prostitutes and pushers who gather near his Midtown Atlanta bar, which is two blocks from the city's largest and most controversial homeless shelter. "This is actually the Bum Bot 2000," Terrill gently corrected on a recent evening as he switched on the device.
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The Bum Bot, like the homeless it polices, is a creature of hand-me-downs. The wheels are from one of those scooters for the elderly; the PA system is a walkie-talkie wired to a home-alarm speaker. The rotating turret is an old Cajun meat smoker. The cylindrical smoker gives the Bum Bot its R2-D2ish profile. But its black armor -- made of exercise mats -- and the stenciled letters spelling out SECURITY lend it a menacing air. An infrared camera and a 2-million-candlepower spotlight are mounted on
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