The persistence

Nobody could say SB294 did not do its job. It was programmed to de-gum the pavements, and de-gum it did. It had at its disposal three scraping devices, a levering needle and a buffing cloth for the financial district’s flagstones. It did not know why bankers needed shiny ground, but it polished nevertheless.

Not, of course, that there were bankers to appreciate it, nor any professionals, nor anyone else. SB294 had not found gum for ninety years, but it went on looking, from pillar to post, from shelter to barricade. Oh, nobody could say SB294 did not do its job.

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