Runaway Travelodge vacuum leaves hotel staff baffled by escape attempt
An automatic vacuum cleaner has paused for freedom after escaping from a Travelodge hotel, leaving bewildered staff scratching their heads.
The robot vacuum cleaner reportedly failed to stop at the front door of the Travelodge in Orchard Park, Cambridge on Thursday, the BBC reported.
He was still missing the next day before being found Friday under a nearby hedge.
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Hotel staff posted information about the vacuum cleaner’s great escape on social media, demanding that it be returned, if found.
“Today we ran one of our new robot vacuums through its entire lifespan,” the assistant manager wrote.
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“They normally smell the lip at the entrance [to the hotel] and turn around, but this one decided to run away.”
The missing vacuum cleaner was not noticed for about 15 minutes and despite a search appears to have escaped staff.
Initially, it was feared the robot was taken, but staff noted that it was only compatible with the hotel’s charging station.
Social media users were quick to comment on the escapee with many well-wishers saying they hoped the hoover enjoyed his travels as “he has no natural predators” in the wild.
Others joked about the robot’s adventures with one user pointing out that “nature abhors a vacuum”.
The vacuum cleaner adventures came quickly and were found, much to the relief of the hotel staff.
The miniature robot was found nestled under a hedge on Friday afternoon by a (human) cleaner working on the front wheel drive.
According to the hotel, it’s been dusted off and “is now back sitting happily on a shelf with the rest of its robot vacuum family,” staff confirmed.
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