'Goodbye, old friend': CBC sends off mail robots
Five mailbots due to retire Oct. 1 after 25 years of service
After 25 years of faithful service, it's time to let five good friends here at the CBC enjoy their well-earned retirement.
Trusty mail-delivering robots — or mailbots, as they were affectionately coined — Rasputin, Basher, Move It or Lose It, Maze Mobile and Mom are now headed into post-employment bliss. Employees at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre will now get their mail from community boxes.
BREAKING: CBC Broadcast Centre retiring its five mail robots (Basher, Rasputin, Maze Mobile, Move It or Lose It, and Mom) as of Oct. 1. <a href="https://t.co/sDyiapECCn">pic.twitter.com/sDyiapECCn</a>—@HaydnWatters
At a send-off Friday for the beloved machines, employees shared tales of having their paths blocked by the gadgets, occasionally getting side-swiped by a determined automaton, and even a visit from Santa Claus perched atop a mailbot.
"We have been cornered by them, we have opened doors for them, we have seen them run into walls — now, we're saying goodbye," one employee said during the send-off.
Another exclaimed: "I was here when they were children!"
Everyday, countless male cbc employees are trapped in the 4th floor washroom by the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbc?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cbc</a> mailbot. Pray for them <a href="https://t.co/1C6IbjGSQI">pic.twitter.com/1C6IbjGSQI</a>—@cbcsaltzman
That time <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBCMailbot?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CBCMailbot</a> got stuck & blocked the studio door & I was 30 secs to air so I had to bolt to the far door-on heels.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PartyLikeABot?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PartyLikeABot</a> <a href="https://t.co/5LPc3GZsqp">pic.twitter.com/5LPc3GZsqp</a>—@JeannieLee88
The organizer of the robot party said three museums have reached out to CBC in the hopes of acquiring a retired machine.
While employees adjust to a world without the chorus of beeps and having to readjust their paths (lest they get stuck), many have been comforted by the CBC Kids' Mailbot Song.
No word yet on whether or not actual human CBC retirees are feeling eclipsed by the mailbots.