What do you do when you’re sued for wasting taxpayer money on a giant robot statue? Tear it down, and use more taxpayer money on a generic theropod dinosaur statue instead. Obviously.
On April 1, long-time Ankara mayor Melih Gökçek used public money to build a 20-foot tall robot statue, the first of 20 planned statues for some kind of surprise robot theme park. By April 8, the mayor was being sued by the Chamber of Architects and Engineers.
Last night, the robot was pulled down, with a 30-foot-long dinosaur statue set up in its place.
Gökçek has been mayor of Ankara, Turkey since 1994. In his 21 years of public service he has fined a university for saying he shouldn’t pump arsenic into the city water supply, sued a reporter for joking that he was Armenian, and spent millions building a recreational complex in the middle of a busy highway that has never been used.