It was a noble experiment gone awry. A robot was just fired from a grocery store in Scotland for confusing some customers and freaking out others.

The robot, a customized version of SoftBank’s Pepperhumanoid, was programmed by Heriot-Watt University for Margiotta, a Scottish grocery chain. The retail experiment was orchestrated by the BBC for an episode of a series examining interactions between robots and humans, Six Robots & Us.

“We thought a robot was a great addition to show the customers that we are always wanting to do something new and exciting,” Elena Margiotta, who helps run the grocery chain with her family, told The Telegraph.

Installed in the grocer’s flagship Edinburgh store, the robot, which was named Fabio, was programmed with directions to hundreds of SKUs. Like Pepper robots inJapan, the unit was also programmed to tell jokes.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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