Originally posted by Ttomalss:
-First, I think it was implied that Bender likes the "slow and horrifying" option on the booths. However, the weapons used in that option (a little chainsaw, circular saw, knife, drill bit, and electric prongs) wouldn't really do much to Bender except give him a few puncture wounds (which don't affect him) and a nice buzz (from the electricity).
The suicide booth didn't know Bender was a robot. Since most robots abide by their programming, most don't want to commit suicide. The booth is primarily designed for humans and probably various types of aliens.
-Also, it was mentioned in a later episode that he has a self-destruct button on his body. Couldn't he just use that instead?
The writers came up with that much later...you'll notice that Bender has just about anything he needs suited for the current situation (as mentioned in a commentary) either on him or in his chest cabinet, and those objects usually disappear in the next episode.
-It has been proven during the series that Bender's body can withstand extremes of heat, radiation, etc, so chances are that the "quick and painless option" wouldn't work either.
Again, the booths were primarily designed for humans/aliens. Quick and painless would probably have been a gun to the head. Heat and radiation would kill someone much more slowly and would cause an extreme amout of pain.
-If he was going to kill himself, why bother scamming the machine in the first place?
Because that's Bender...it's just his personality. Remember his line in In Crimes of the Hot.."Don't touch my stuff when I'm dead.............it's booby trapped!"
In my opinion, the reason he was using the booth was probably to prove to the world he's tougher (and therefore better) than humans.
No, during this point in Bender's life he abided only by his programming. He wasn't really thinking about being better than humans.