A Birmingham-based prankster, high on the nostalgia of life, has left a cardboard ‘police robot unit’ outside of a police station Birmingham’s city centre.
The ‘hilarious’ and ‘highly artistic’ empty box was left outside of Digbeth Police Station as onlookers and visitors to the police station alike both became confused by it’s odd and rather bizarre presence.
The person responsible for the ‘prank’, Foka Wolk, gained immediate praise from his/her supporters, many of whom commenting that it was his/her ‘best work yet’.
In a post published on his/her facebook page, Foka Wolk shared the breaking news that there had been a “new delivery at Digbeth Police Station”.
The large cardboard box featured a black-and-white poster with various ‘bullet points’ on the front of it, which were positioned below a ‘mega corp’ robot logo that would not look out of place on a new ‘Robocop’ movie.
The robot is captioned with:
‘low cost, no empathy, conscience free and totally safe’.
The mock brand ‘Megacorp’ also came with the slogan ‘profit before people’ although, I personally have no idea as to who ‘profits’ from serving on the front line of the police, as most forces have a large black hole when it comes to funding!?
Maybe ‘Foka Walk’ knows something that I do not – it is very likely and highly probable that he/she does.
The box was placed directly outside of the police station on Digbeth High Street to the left of the public entrance.
‘Foka’s’ followers were quick to comment on the box.
Dan Brown said: “waiting for reports of a controlled explosion on a suspicious box by a police bomb disposal robot.”
Funny Foka replied: “This robot would beat the bomb disposal robot hands down”.
Another admirer posted: “best one yet” as a mark of true admiration for Foka.
We were tempted to comment ‘foka by name, foka by nature’ on the post but ended up getting cramp in our fingers, having just typed this article up.
Many have speculated that the ‘prank’ was prompted by an advert that West Midlands Police have recently posted for a ‘Robotic Process Automation Developer’ with a salary of between £27 – £38K.
If you are interested in this job then, alas, you are too late as the closing date was 7th August…
Foka Wolf, who has 2,800 followers on Facebook, has a reputation locally for these sassy pranks which involve boxes being left at various locations with subliminal social messages.
However, it is not yet known as to whether or not the local council might end up giving a ticket to ‘Foka’ for littering or whether or not any members of the public have tripped over the boxes and hurt their ankles whilst doing so….
If there really was a ‘police robot’ in the box, then maybe it could be used by West Midlands Police during busy weekends when too many people, who cannot handle their drink, go out, get wasted and then beat each other up?
Or perhaps the robot could be used to deliver a death message to a relative of someone who has just passed away? Such messages can often be a very distressing experience for police officers and family members alike.
Or maybe the fictitious robot could be used to search for a missing young child that has been reported as such by distraught parents?
If the fictitious robot was programmed correctly, then it could even be deployed in the fight against those who want to blow up innocent children, men and women on the streets of the UK who are just trying to go about their daily lives?
As, let’s face it, with the amount of non-emergency calls our brave police officers have to deal with at the moment, they (real police officers) don’t really have the time to deal with the calls which really do require a vast amount of empathy…
In summary, it is a slightly humorous prank (according to some), but the gesture and message (subliminal, subconscious or otherwise) completely misses the reality of modern-day policing and some people might take offence to the wording on the front of box.
Imagine, as an example, just coming back to the nick having told someone that their loved-one had passed away in a tragic accident only to be greeted with the suggestion that you have ‘no empathy’ or that you are ‘conscience free’.
We all like a bit of banter and a laugh, but there is a fine line between being ‘funny’ and offending 130,000 hard-working police officers….
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