A still from a TikTok video of a worker stuck in an Amazon warehouse
TikTok | robotman77

Amazon Worker Gets Trapped By Robotic Shelves, Captures Ordeal On TikTok

Dan
Dan
March 7, 2022

Every job comes with its own hazards, but of course some are more hazardous than others. Sometimes it's the materials you work with, sometimes it's your coworkers, and sometimes it's the machines. And apparently in the case of Amazon, it can be the machines that are your coworkers that make things tricky.

In just the latest sign that the robot apocalypse is nigh, a TikToker posted a video that apparently shows him trapped at work — all thanks to some evil robot shelves.

The video's racked up hundreds of thousands of views, as viewers ponder our robotic future.

The robots of the future don't look like this.

An image of a robot
Unsplash | Arseny Togulev

While humanoid robots have been created before, the most functional robots are already hiding in plain sight. They're the purpose-built machines that are designed to do one thing.

It's this category of robots that we're talking about today.

The incident apparently went down at an Amazon warehouse.

The interior of an Amazon warehouse
Unsplash | Adrian Sulyok

Amazon's massive fulfillment centers feature robotic shelves, which move to adapt to shipping needs. This has the effect of creating labyrinths of moving shelves.

A TikToker posted a video of himself as the robot shelves moved in.

A still from a TikTok video of a worker stuck in an Amazon warehouse
TikTok | robotman77

We can't verify his story, but according to TikToker @robotman77, he was trapped in an Amazon warehouse "for like 15 minutes" as the shelves moved in on him, giving him no way to exit.

It plays out like a horror movie.

A still from a TikTok video of a worker stuck in an Amazon warehouse
TikTok | robotman77

If you had any doubt that these shelves are shifty, in this still you can see one of them sliding across the corridor to seal off any exit.

"They tried to block me in. These pods are messing with me."

A still from a TikTok video of a worker stuck in an Amazon warehouse
TikTok | robotman77

The camera work gets more and more frantic as the TikToker moves this way and that, trying to find a way out of the maze. It's incredibly disorienting to watch, so one can only imagine what it was like to actually experience.

Finally, he was free.

A still from a TikTok video of a worker stuck in an Amazon warehouse
TikTok | robotman77

All's well that ends well, and the TikToker was eventually able to find a way out of the robotic maze. But the experience will probably haunt him, and everyone who watches the video, for some time to come.

It's racked up tons of views.

Comments from a TikTok video of a worker stuck in an Amazon warehouse
TikTok | robotman77

The darkened setting, autonomous and possibly evil robots and sense of isolation really make the experience feel horrifying. You could almost turn it into a found footage movie.

Chatter got a bit weird.

Comments from a TikTok video of a worker stuck in an Amazon warehouse
TikTok | robotman77

I'm not really sure what's being discussed here, but we can confirm that Amazon does utilize robotic shelves. Are they hackable? Do they fly out of control at extreme speeds? Is Russia involved? These are the deep questions pondered by TikTok commenters.

Here's the full video.

If you're watching this in a dark room, it might be a good idea to turn the lights on. Otherwise, you're going to be looking over your shoulder constantly, wondering if your bookshelf is finally going to make an attempt on your life.

Our robotic future, ladies and gentlemen.

A robot
Unsplash | Possessed Photography

Our future will likely be full of robots, but they won't be the humanoid automaton type. They'll come in benign forms, oftentimes looking no different from inanimate objects. Then, they'll make their move.

Make sure to let us know what you think of this story in the comments!

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