July 29, 2029—Seattle police have arrested five men and two women who posed as androids in order to get jobs at local law firms, accounting firms and other office settings.
Investigators said the individuals used make-up that made their skin appear synthetic, then sneaked into the offices to get free housing. (Most androids remain at their work sites 24 hours a day.) The imposters posed as automatic housekeeping staff, robo-maintenance crews and computerized security guards.
The robofraud scheme was uncovered when electronic supervisors at a downtown office complex saw the disguised humans consuming food and soft drinks—something androids do not require to operate.
“When you see a bunch of androids gobbling Five Guys burgers and fries, you know something’s amiss,” said Seattle Police Chief Fay Kerfinder.
Android impersonation has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. The identity falsification problem was brought to light last year when New York City officials discovered that three-fourths of the city’s robotic garbage collectors were actually unemployed investment bankers wearing metal casings as disguises.
Crime experts blame the unemployment trend, and the subsequent adoption of fake robotic identities, on computing power that is taking over most jobs. Unemployment in the United States stood at 25 percent in June. The issue has prompted numerous calls for updating federal affirmative action laws to ensure that carbon-based life forms have equal opportunities in the workplace.