An English tearoom has named a robot waitress after former Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Like her real-life namesake, ‘Theresa’ cannot deliver Brexit — but can deliver cups of tea and slices of cake at the Tea Terrace restaurant in Cobham, about 30km south-west of London.
The mechanical waitress can churn out a twist on May’s infamous Brexit slogan, telling customers: “Breakfast means breakfast.” The robot can also say “strong and stable.”
While the real Theresa is out of a job, customers believe robots are the future.
“It’s just a much more efficient way of ordering and serving a lot of people at the same time,” said tea-drinker Ruth Taylor.
Mechanical ‘Theresa’ is a trackless robot produced by Suzhou Pangolin Robot Corp., Ltd, a Chinese company that specialises in service industry robots.
“It does not take orders at the moment,” said Tea Terrace branch manager Mantas Burba. “But I think in the future they will [be] designed to be able to do it.”
May tried to make light of her image by performing a robotic dance to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” at her Conservative party’s annual conference last year.