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    Default [SGI News] Destroit Raises $59K for Robocop Statue

    "Residents of Detroit have raised enough money to build a statue honoring the city's fictional hero RoboCop.

    The people of Motor City rallied around the cause and found $US50,000 from private funding when Mayor Dave Bing nixed the idea.

    Bing had asked citizens online for ideas on how to revitalise the city but shot down a suggestion that a statue of RoboCop, the titular hero of the 1987 sci-fi satire set in Detroit, would do the job.

    "There are not any plans to erect a statue to RoboCop," he tweeted on February 7. "Thank you for your suggestion."

    Bing's rejection sent RoboCop fans into a Twitter frenzy. "RoboCop would never turn his back on Detroit," one user tweeted at the mayor. "So why turn your back on RoboCop?"

    Detroit resident John Leonard started a Facebook group called "Build a statue of RoboCop in Detroit", which led to a fund being started on the "crowd-raising" website Kickstarter.com.

    Imagination Station, a Detroit nonprofit organisation that cleans up run-down areas of the city, has pledged a spot for the statue in a park it owns if the funds are raised.

    As of today, $US51,359 had been raised for the project - the initial goal was $US50,000.

    "We're currently discussing how to branch this project and fundraising into bigger and bigger things with a better and better impact on Detroit," the project's homepage creator Brandon Walley wrote.

    He said no one in the group had ever made a "giant solid metal permanent sculpture before", but have struck a deal with ironworks company Casey V. Westbrook to take a small figure of RoboCop, have it 3D scanned by lasers and scale its up to a 240cm tall statue."


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    Default Re: [SGI News] Destroit Raises $59K for Robocop Statue

    Out of all the problems in Detroit, the citizens get their panties in a bunch because they couldn't have a statue of Robocop? Why does Detroit's current state not surprise me anymore?

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    Default Re: [SGI News] Destroit Raises $59K for Robocop Statue

    For $59,000, it's the most cost-effective method Detroit had for solving their crime problem. Good to see the community putting their minds together to solve problems.

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    Default Re: [SGI News] Destroit Raises $59K for Robocop Statue

    Detroit...right across from where I live.
    But all for a Robocop statue? Am I missing something here? Couldn't they use the money for "better" things rather then a statue? I don't understand why they would get into such a fuss...

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    Default Re: [SGI News] Destroit Raises $59K for Robocop Statue

    "There are not any plans to erect a statue to RoboCop," he tweeted on February 7. "Thank you for your suggestion."

    That made me laugh.

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    Default Re: [SGI News] Destroit Raises $59K for Robocop Statue

    I don't remember hearing about no bullcrap like this in the news. Where the hell did this story come from? Why does this sound like some weird joke?
    Man that is whack!

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    Default Re: [SGI News] Destroit Raises $59K for Robocop Statue

    Surely Detroit has better use for that money...
    It's not like a Robocop statue can actually work like a real cop and curb some crimes...

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