TGI Friday's only wanted to drum up business and spread some holiday joy when they unleashed mistletoe drones into their restaurants.
What actually happened was pretty much exactly what everyone (other than Friday's) already knew was gonna happen: someone got hurt.
The Brooklyn Daily sent reporters to the restaurant's Sheepshead Bay location in Brooklyn to check out the whole shebang.
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When they got there, they found two mistletoe drones: a 10-inch quadcopter "toy" and a more serious 23-inch, six-rotor hexacopter!
Thankfully when Friday's drone operator David Quiones took one for a spin, he chose the smaller one. On his insistence, he tried to land it on one of the reporter's outstretched hands… but she flinched when it touched down and that was apparently enough to send the drone flying into Georgine Benvenuto's face!
Benvenuto, a photographer for Brooklyn Daily, said:
"It literally chipped off a tip of my nose. It took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin. Thank god it didn't go anywhere under my eye — that is my livelihood."
We're so glad her eyes are okay!!
Other than the drone operator totally trying to blame the incident on the reporter who "flinched," Friday's isn't reacting at all!
A spokesperson for TGI Friday's said that no other "Mobile Mistletoe" casualties have occurred at their other locations with the drones (Long Island and Texas) and that they "do not let consumers touch" the drones.
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And that somehow keeps the drones from touching the customers??
Benvenuto took to her personal Facebook to explain her feelings on the whole situation, posting:
"I have been a professional photographer for 30 years. I have covered active crime scenes, terrorist strikes, etc. and survived them all, unscathed. The most dangerous assignment to date was covering this drone story. I did not get hit by the large drone, it was the smaller, 'children's toy drone.' I was told it would not cut me, well parents beware, this thing cut off skin on my nose, cut my chin, and got caught in my hair, spinning & spinning. Not a toy I would buy for a child this year or any year……"
She also later updated:
"I'm fine folks, just so very thankful it dd not hit me in the eye. The guy trying to control the drone never took his hand off the controls, damn thing just kept spinning in my hair. Cannot imagine if that was my EYE!"
We're really glad she wasn't seriously injured! She needs her eyes to work!!
Hopefully Friday's will rethink their drones policy.
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