A city worker (robot?) has been suspended for 20 days for using a 'robot voice' to talk to people (other robots?) who called his department. DNAInfo reports that (robot?) Ronald Dillon, a computer (computer=robot) specialist for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's IT help desk who assists coworkers and the public with tech-related problems, talked in a "deliberately robotic fashion" with at least five callers (robot callers?), some of whom later called back very (robotically?) confused.

Dillon, 66 (robot years old?), was described as speaking in a "slow, monotone and over-enunciated manner" and saying (robotic?) lines like, "You have reached the Help Desk. This is Mr. Dillon. How may I help you?" One customer, presumably human but who can be sure, later called back and said she thought "there was a new automated answering system and had hung up when she heard 'the robot' answer the phone because she needed to speak to a human about her issues."

Dillon contends that "he articulates each word because he speaks fast and has a Brooklyn accent, which is sometimes difficult to understand." He also argued that he wasn't a people person (perhaps because he is a robot-person?), and that he was bullied by his boss Barry Novack (unclear whether he's a robot). "They objected to the tone of my voice so I made it atonal," Dillon said (like a robot?).

Ultimately, the (clearly not-robotic) judge in the case sided with the city, referring to Dillon as a "disgruntled employee who is acting out because of the restructuring" and perhaps because his oil was running low (because he's a robot, robots need oil, classic robots). However, he was able to get his punishment lowered from 34 to 20 days. You can see a clip from the appeals proceeding below.

Dillon sounded quite robotic reflecting upon the experience: "It's an experience. Not one that I would want people to go through, but it's an experience," he said (because he's a robot).