Grocery Store Robot Fired After Scaring Customers

A robot working in a local supermarket lasted only a week before it was fired for making the customers uneasy.

Nicknamed “Fabio”, the robot’s employment was part of an experiment run for a BBC programme to see if it could integrate with human shoppers.

Fabio was placed in the flagship Edinburgh store of Scottish supermarket chain Margiotta. It’s job was to interact with customers through jokes and greetings and help them locate items within the store.

“We thought a robot was a great addition to show the customers that we are always wanting to do something new and exciting,” said Elena Margiotta, who runs the chain of shops with father Franco and sister Luisa.