From Melia Robinson's 12-12-17 Business Insider article entitled "Robots Are Being Used To Deter Homeless People From Setting Up Camp In San Francisco":
"In San Francisco, autonomous crime-fighting robots that are used to patrol parking lots, sports arenas, and tech company campuses are now being deployed to keep away homeless people.
"The San Francisco Business Times
reported last week that the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and
pet adoption group, put a security robot to work outside its facilities
in the gentrifying Mission neighborhood. The robot's presence is meant
to deter homeless people from setting up camps along the sidewalks.
"Last week, the City of San Francisco ordered the SF SPCA
to keep its robot off the streets or be fined up to $1,000 per day for
operating on sidewalks without a permit, according to the Business
"Krista Maloney, media relations manager for the SF SPCA, told
Business Insider that staff wasn't able to safely use the sidewalks at
times because of the encampments. Maloney added that since the SPCA
started guarding its facilities with the robot — known as K9 — a month
ago, the homeless encampments have dwindled and there have been fewer
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