TGI Friday's Mistletoe Drone Takes Out Tip Of Reporter's Nose
The photographer was at the chain's Sheepshead Bay location to document a new marketing gimmick: a "mobile mistletoe" -- or should that have been mobile missiletoe? -- "to surprise guests & encourage holiday cheer," according to a company press release. In theory, the drone carries a sprig of mistletoe and hovers over a couple. If the two people kiss, they get gift cards.
All well and good when things work right, but technology is never perfect, and neither are human operators. Perhaps that's one reason the number of schools offering drone operation certificates is growing.
Whatever the training, something went wrong at the restaurant. Photographer Georgine Benvenuto was there to take a picture of the drones in action on what apparently was a slow news day. Things sped up when drone operator David Quiones allegedly convinced a BrooklynDaily reporter to let him land the device on her hand.
Suddenly, the drone was out of control and hit Benvenuto. "It literally chipped off a tip of my nose," she said to BrooklynDaily. "It took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin."
Quiones reportedly said that the accident was the reporter's fault because she flinched and, presumably, her hand knocked the copter into Benvenuto's face. The photographer disagreed. "He is the one controlling it - he needs to be more careful," she said.
According to the TGI Fridays press release, the drones are intended to let people "enjoy a more spirited holiday season inspired by a little Mobile Mistletoe mischief." Mischief presumably was intended to stop short of unintentional rhinoplasty.
BrooklynDaily said that a spokesperson for the chain claimed no one had been hurt before by the drones and that there should be no concerns about future possible injuries because "we do not let consumers touch it." Of course, there's the question of keeping it from touching the customers.
"If people get hurt, they're going to come regardless," the site quoted Quiones. "People get hurt in airplanes, they still fly. There is a risk involved - anything flying, there is risk."
Apparently so. Whoever knew that a quick snog could mean bang in the nog?