Robot waiters are not working out so well in the Chinese city and culinary center Guangzhou. Three different robot-staffed restaurants in the city are reportedly struggling with their automated workforce, according to IEEE Spectrum. Two have closed, and one resorted to firing its cyborg staffers. 

The robots at one restaurant couldn’t carry soup or hold food steady and broke down often, nor could they perform basic tasks people expect from their waiters, like taking orders or pouring hot water. The novelty of being served by an automaton reportedly seems to eventually wear off, leaving customers and human staff dealing with the limitations of modern robotics. 

Elsewhere in Guangzhou restaurant news: City police just toppled a Ronald McDonald statue, confiscating it as an illegal sidewalk advertisement. Ronald’s shoes remain. 

[h/t IEEE Spectrum]