Mistletoe Drone Nearly Chops Off Woman’s Nose

Apparently someone in charge at a T.G.I. Friday’s in New York thought it would be a good idea to fly a drone with mistletoe on it around the restaurant:

TGI Fridays’ “mobile mistletoe drone” left a woman bloody and missing a piece of her nose last week.

Photographer Georgine Benvenuto was at a Fridays in Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., when one of the operators tried to land the 10-inch aircraft on her head, but clipped off a part of her nose instead.

“It literally chipped off a tip of my nose,” Benvenuto told the Brooklyn Daily. “It took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin.”

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The drone’s operator said the mistake wouldn’t have happened if the woman hadn’t flinched, according to the website. TGI Fridays never officially acknowledged the injury.

The drones were intended to hover over couples and inspire a little “mobile mistletoe mischief,” according to promotional material for the event.

Because nothing says Christmas like a chopped off nose!

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Comments

  1. DrDaveT says:

    The drone’s operator said the mistake wouldn’t have happened if the woman hadn’t flinched

    The injury might not have happened, but it was far too late at that point to avoid the mistake

  2. KM says:

    one of the operators tried to land the 10-inch aircraft on her head,

    The damn thing doesn’t hover? Where the hell was the manager during all this stupidity?

  3. grumpy realist says:

    I hope she sues their asses off. This is just arrant stupidity.

  4. Franklin says:

    This isn’t the first accident and it won’t even be close to the last accident with these unregulated drones flying all over the place. Yes, I’m calling for regulations, because it’s obviously too much to ask for some simple common sense.

  5. DrDaveT says:

    @Franklin:

    Yes, I’m calling for regulations, because it’s obviously too much to ask for some simple common sense.

    I think plain ol’ vanilla tort law will probably take care of this kind of thing pretty quickly.

  6. Franklin says:

    @DrDaveT: Current drones have no identification, so good luck finding the perpetrator. Particularly when thousands of these things are buzzing around our heads all day, crashing into each other and sending sharp bits into our eyes. Or are you ready to consider that regulation is necessary?

  7. grumpy realist says:

    @Franklin: Uh, this one was inside a restaurant. I think it will be very easy to find out who was flying it.

    Yah, basic tort law. And just wait until people start suing the bastards who fly those things for (deep breath) assault, trespassing, invasion of privacy, IIED…..