A man's attempt to streamline his cleaning routine took an unexpected and messy turn when his trusty robot vacuum - a Roomba - collided with a canine surprise, leaving a trail of chaos in its wake.
Ryan Landy, a now-27-year-old film director from Coral Springs, Florida, decided to enlist his Roomba's help in tidying up his home.
Little did he know that his hands-free cleaning companion would stumble upon an unpleasant surprise left by his dog, turning the routine cleaning task into a comedic disaster that would go down in social media history.
The messy incident took place back in 2019, and rather than keep the disastrous doodie situation to himself, Landy decided that misery really does love company, so he took to Facebook to share his hilarious mishap.
He wrote: "My new Roomba ran over my dog’s poop and proceeded to 'clean' the rest of my house. I’m going to need therapy." (If you're of a nervous disposition, look away now...)
Landy also shared photos of his poop-smeared kitchen and what his ruined Rumba, which I hope he just threw in the trash because... well, it just ain't worth it.
His amusing house-cleaning debacle also found its way to Reddit, where it quickly gained notoriety as the day's most popular post on the Well That Sucks forum, garnering interaction from over 82,000 amused readers.
Explaining the situation further, Landy revealed that the dog involved was a recent addition to the family—a rescue pup still in the process of being trained. He shared some additional details, writing: "We had the Roomba in a room with the door closed; the dog opened the door and took care of business. Couldn't have really predicted it, lol."
Reddit users chimed in with their own thoughts and experiences. Some jokingly suggested that Landy should purchase a new Roomba to clean up after the old one, while others proposed buying a new house altogether.
Several commenters shared their own Roomba mishaps involving pet-related messes. One user, @204_no_content, recounted a similar incident with a Roomba and carpeted floors, advising Landy on the arduous task of disassembling the Roomba for a deep cleaning. They emphasized that cleaning the Roomba's wheels and brushes was more challenging than cleaning the carpet itself.
Another pet owner recounted their Roomba's unfortunate encounters with both cat feces and cat vomit, painting just the worst picture imaginable.
This isn't the first time a Roomba has become an unwitting participant in a messy situation.
In 2016, The Guardian featured an article detailing several "poopocalypse" stories shared by Roomba owners who experienced similar incidents with their pets.
A representative from iRobot, the company that manufactures Roomba (hang on, isn't that also the Will Smith movie where robots try to take over the world?!), acknowledged that such mishaps occur regularly and advised pet owners to exercise caution when scheduling their robot vacuum's cleaning routine.
The iRobot spokesperson reassured users that their engineers were actively working on finding a solution to this common problem, acknowledging that, with animals, unexpected accidents can always happen.
So, for now, it seems that animals need to be kept away from live television and robot vacuum cleaners.