When I was in high school, I read a book of short stories, I think it was sci-fi.

It was about a man who I think was the one of the last human beings on Earth. The story ends something like this... this person steps out of his house for a night walk in a deserted street when a police robot arrests him, and takes him prisoner for going for a walk in the night (I think humans were not supposed to do so, and robots were the masters of the Earth).


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I think I found it. It's likely Ray Bradbury's The Pedestrian.

from the Wiki article:

In this story we encounter Leonard Mead, a citizen of a television-centered world in 2053. In the city, roads have fallen into decay. It is revealed that Mead enjoys walking through the city during the night, something which no one else does. "In ten years of walking by night or day, for thousands of miles, he had never met another person walking, not one in all that time." On one of his usual walks he encounters a police car which is possibly robotic. It is the only police unit in a city of three million, since the purpose of law enforcement has disappeared with everyone watching TV at night. Mead tells the car that he is a writer when asked about his profession, but the car does not understand, since no one buys books or magazines in the television-dominated society. The police car or its occupants struggle to understand why Mead would be out walking for no reason and so decides to take him to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. He is forced to get in the car. As the car passes through his neighborhood, Leonard Mead in the locked confines of the backseat says, "That's my house". There is no reply.

This story was originally published August 7, 1951. It's been widely anthologized (to say the least).

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    You can read it at mikejmoran.typepad.com/files/pedestrian-by-bradbury-1.pdf
    – Tim S.
    Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 16:44
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    If you hadn't told me that was a Ray Bradbury story, I probably would have guessed it anyway. Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 16:46
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    And while I've not read The Pedestrian, according to his Introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition of Fahrenheit 451 (which I've recently read) the pedestrian became the fireman in that book.
    – TripeHound
    Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 16:50

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