1. Scale: most crime is fought on the human scale, between 1.5 and 2
meters, and your average Giant Crime Fighting Robot easily tops 30
meters. Also, a lot of it occurs indoors, where it is difficult for
Giant Crime Fighting robots to easily reach. It is often the case that
your robot will cause a hostage situation, rather than stop crime,
2. Storage: Giant Crime Fighting Robots can
cost a lot in storage. If you are lucky enough to find an abandoned
warehouse, underground cavern system, or just have the various parts
assemble themselves, transportation is another problem.
Escalation: once criminals are alerted to the fact that a giant crime
fighting robot is a possibility, when perpetuating their misdeeds, they
start building their own robots, to combat the original. While these
giant crime robots are usually of an inferior quality and easily
dispatched, repairing the damage of these fights become a time intensive
4. Legality: the actual act of fighting crime
with a giant robot has a questionable legal basis. Giant robots are not
covered under the self defense laws of most states, and every time a
giant robot does battle with a member of the criminal community, even
when successful, and with minimal collateral damage, law enforcement
5. Overkill: a giant crime fighting
robot may not be the best tool to fight every crime, especially
non-violent, non-giant robot based crime. And just because the creator
declared war on all crime, it could be better to focus on specific
crimes rather than battle "all crime."
6. Cost: military
grade hardware is expensive, especially when it has to be routed through
front operations to protect the identity of the buyer. The time suck is
also very intensive, including repairs, updates, and code edits to keep
the onboard AI from becoming self aware and taking control of the giant
crime fighting robot, all end up costing lost weekends and overtime no
one pays for.
7. Dangers: owners of giant crime fighting
robots have a much higher rate of wounding and death by falling,
crushing, smashing, explosions, electrocution, nanotechnological
infections, sudden nuclear fusion and various other causes of death,
uncommon to non Giant Crime Fighting Robot owners. Hospital bills can
sometimes add up, quickly.
8. Public opinion: Giant Crime
Fighting Robots often show up on various media outlets, and people are
excited when they first appear. Yet, after subsequent exposure, and
negative press, people begin to turn sour towards this attention. You
will never realize how much it hurts to discover that #stopthegiantrobot
9. Social Life: Your social life will
suffer. Giant Crime Fighting robots require a lot of time and care.
Between tune ups, repairs, upgrades and user acceptability testing of
their futuristic combat gear, there isn't much time for dating. Also,
when you do get a significant other, the constant excuses required to
take care of sudden criminal activity puts a damper on spontaneity and
celebrating birthdays. You did promise to defeat ALL crime.
Love: building and operating a giant crime fighting robot is truly an
act of love. One that is on par with raising a child. Giant robots may
not be able to love you back, at least not until you program that
ability into the kernel of their operating system, and install an
empathy chip to keep them from going psycho-ex on you. Yet, they can
still illicit a strong emotional response. Especially when taking down a
mass shooter, or stopping a bank robbery, or battling one of the
Widowmaker's own giant robots. Maybe it can't hug you without crushing
you, and that the exotic accent you gave it is a bit contrived, but
there can be no greater love than between a creator and their giant
crime fighting robot. This love is also very important when the robot
gains free will and wants to do something other than fight crime. Like
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