Drone strike! Our photographer injured by TGI Friday’s mistletoe copter

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Flying high: David Quinones prepares the drone for flight.
Danger drone zone: David Quinones shows off the mistletoe that is attached to the smallest drone, which is only about the size of three tennis balls, yet managed to later injure our photographer.
Kiss cam: Julius and Lola, who declined to give their last name, kissed underneath the drone’s mistletoe.
Drone disaster: During a demo the drome operator lost control of the contraption and our very own photographer Georgine Benvenuto was hit, cutting her nose and chin.
Mistletoe madness: Our intrepid photographer Georgine Benvenuto used several napkins to try to quell the bleeding caused by the drone — but the blood kept flowing.

Turns out a moment of awkwardness wasn’t the worst that could happen when a popular family restaurant chain unleashed indoor aircraft with the mission of prompting diners to kiss on camera.

TGI Friday’s much-hyped “Mobile Mistletoe” drones drew first blood in their New York City debut on Dec. 4 at the chain’s beloved Sheepshead Bay location when one of them hit our intrepid photographer right in the face.

The two remote-controlled helicopters dangling sprigs of mistletoe were intended to spread holiday romance, but one of them flew out of control and clipped Courier photographer Georgine Benvenuto in the nose with one of its spinning, uncovered blades.

“It literally chipped off a tip of my nose,” said Benvenuto, using tissues to stanch the blood. “It took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin.”

Benvenuto said she’s just thankful she wasn’t blinded in the name of love.

“Thank god it didn’t go anywhere under my eye — that is my livelihood.”

Drone operator David Quiones said an accident like this had never happened before, and even blamed our reporter for the bloodshed.

Quiones had encouraged our reporter to let him land the smaller of the two aircraft on her hand, but she flinched when the 10-inch drone touched down — and he said that is what caused the four-bladed flying machine to careen into the face of our photographer nearby. But Benvenuto insisted that the responsibility lies with the man operating the controls.

“He is the one controlling it — he needs to be more careful,” she said.

A spokeswoman for TGI Friday’s insisted that earlier Mobile Mistletoe events in Long Island and Texas incurred no casualties and dismissed concerns about further injuries — even from the much larger, 23-inch drone sporting six uncovered propellers — saying that customers will stay clear of the whirling, five-inch blades.

“We do not let consumers touch it,” said Frances Karkosak, a spokeswoman for the restaurant chain.

Diners at the Harkness Avenue eatery were more amused than threatened by the kiss-coaxing drones looming overhead, saying Benvenuto’s injury was just a flesh wound.

“It was like a scratch on her nose,” said Karim Turner of Yonkers, who didn’t witness the incident but saw a photo of the result. “I’ve seen far more worse blood than that.”

Another man, who happily kissed his wife under the heavy downdraft of the larger drone, said the flying toy might even make a good Christmas gift for his wife.

“If you wanna bring it to the house, she’s gonna blow dry her hair with it,” said George Gonzales, who has been coming to TGI Friday’s with his wife for their twice-a-week “date night” for almost 16 years.

Quiones isn’t worried that the drone strike on Benvenuto will be the kiss of death for the restaurant chain’s Mobile Mistletoe holiday promotion, saying that people won’t be scared away because they already know — and disregard — the risks.

“If people get hurt, they’re going to come regardless. People get hurt in airplanes, they still fly,” Quiones said. “There is a risk involved — anything flying, there is risk.”

Updated 2:58 pm, December 8, 2014
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Mike from Richmond Hill NY says:
It seems in the photo the drone was covered actually with the small blade guard.
Dec. 8, 2014, 1:23 pm
Jason from Brooklyn Heights says:
How could it be "hair raising" when the guy in the picture has no hair?
Dec. 8, 2014, 1:29 pm
dftghfcgb from aertgstgh says:
TGIF's food has gone south for several years.
It'll take more than drones to make me go there.
Dec. 8, 2014, 1:40 pm
jbspry from mt pleasant says:
You have to be crazy to let some stranger land a helicopter on your hand.
TGIF didn't think through the liability aspects of this ridiculous stunt. Good luck in court!
Dec. 8, 2014, 1:44 pm
Larry from Broken Arrow OK says:
Did the TGI Friday's ask their insurance if this was OK?

I mean it seems moronic to have a small drone flying around inside a busy restaurant. Since they don't have signed release from anyone, they are at fault for all injuries.

Pretty stupid of th efranchise owner to place his business at risk - some ideas sound good, and then their execution exposes just how dumb they are - like this one.

Tip of nose cut off - lawsuit...
Dec. 8, 2014, 1:44 pm
Steve from Lynnwood says:
The stupidity of a manager flying "drone" indoors, with exposed blades, in a restaurant is unfathomable. Who in their right mind would consider this safe? This is beyond moronic.
Dec. 8, 2014, 1:52 pm
Sebastian from Miami says:
People, relax... Why is everything such a big deal?!? A lawsuit is not necessary, just brush it off and enjoy the holidays. Stop being so money-driven for everything. It's not like he wanted to cut her. It was an accident. The photographer is okay and can still do everything she did before she got "injured". It's not like she used her nose to take pictures! Haha!
~Happy Holidays
Dec. 8, 2014, 1:56 pm
Richard from Port Richmond says:
I cannot decide if I should laugh or cry about such a stupid idea.

Giant facepalm on this one.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:19 pm
Charles from Jacksonville says:
Whirling blades flown in a business among customers? Total insanity.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:23 pm
Kevin from Rochester says:
If something like that starts buzzing me in a restaurant, I am going to grab my menu and swat it like an annoying insect.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:29 pm
I say SUE from allentown says:
Of course you SUE and you SUE big time. Nobody goes to a restaurant with an expectation to get hurt because of negligence. Clear negligence. By accident? Still negligence. Do you think a drunk guy wants to kill people, no. so brush it off? No. Drunk guy creates an undue risk, and so did TGIF. Settle for about 3 million and retire.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:34 pm
James from UES says:
Flying a full-size drone around inside a restaurant? This is absolutely the most stupid and dangerous idea I've heard in a long time. As mom used to say, SOMEBODY WILL LOSE AN EYE!
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:36 pm
Brian from Chicagoland, IL, USA, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way says:
Send an employee around with mistletoe tied to a fishing pole and customers would consider it obnoxious. Tie the mistletoe to a quadrocopter or hexacopter and it's novel.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:37 pm
Rick from Maine says:
Uncontrollable bleeding? It seems she was controlling it fine. What an over embellished story.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:38 pm
DownTheDrones from Earth says:
What kind of moron would consider it appropriate to have a contraption with spinning propellers on it, flying it indoors for 1 and w/in such a confined space with all kinds of people mere feet away from those spinning propellers? That guy is a complete moron, devoid of the ability to critically think!!! I mean how profoundly stupid can one person be?
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:42 pm
Ben Dover says:
You are not supposed to kiss the drone.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:48 pm
Dr Venture from DaVille says:
Last time I ate at TGI Friday's (5 years ago) everything tasted like it was cooked in a microwave. I'm not planning to revisit anytime ever.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:52 pm
R.Manuel from Droneville says:
It isn't a drone.... It is a multirotor and when it has 4 propellers it is called a Quad Copter. With 6 propellers it is called a hexacopter etc... and the person flying should be ashamed of themselves!! It was never meant to carry something like that and rule number one....never fly over people in this manner!! This isn't photography!! People like this are making our hobby/profession look bad!!
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:54 pm
Miguel from Brooklyn says:
This is pathetic, I have used several more napkins than she has when shaving my face. People need to calm down and stop blowing this out of proportion. The photographer should've realised the danger when she allowed the operator to land it on her hand.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3 pm
TGINF from not friday says:
The couple has been going there for 16-years!!!!! What a bunch of slobs and complete morons....that place sucks and you have to have an IQ of 1 to think that place deserves to be re-visited. I hope they go once a year but i doubt it. 16 years of killing yourself with such crap food. wow.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3 pm
Drones from Need To Be Banned says:
These are proving to be a danger to the public.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:21 pm
AdeleInTexas from TEXAS! says:
Anyone who flies RC's can tell you that we have to carry liability insurance even on fixed wing aircraft. I've seen a remote control airplane bore a hole through the hood of a car before. This stunt was ridiculous, irresponsible and dangerous. The reporters is lucky she didn't lose her entire nose.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:21 pm
Randall Soliloquy from Florida says:
I will never be eating at another TGI Friday's again.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:24 pm
never,never,never from PhilaPa says:
Are these places so clean they don't stir up dust with the blades and down drafts?
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:35 pm
TophinMo from Missouri says:
I would find it difficult to avoid the urge to flip a coin or something at it to see if it crashes. Surely I'm not the only one. It's a matter of time and someone will be seriously hurt.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:40 pm
Quadbuster from Jersey says:
This is F***ing insanity. What on earth would make someone think to fly somethig with spinning props around a room with people in it????? Does common sense not prevail. It is exactly this and the all the other acts that lack sheer common sense that forced the FAA to step in and change the rules. This would absolutely qualify for reckless endangerment.
Yes, I fly also. Yes I fly quads and giant scale planes and it is stories like this that continue to give the R/C hobby a bad name. I think some within our species are slowly slipping back into the oozing muck of de-evolution.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:42 pm
mirandaMaz from Finland says:
I thought the mistletoe drone idea was cute. And there is always a risk with everyday activities. Besides the photographers nose wasnt even remotely bad. And like the oporater of the drone said, she was the one who flinched.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:43 pm
N from Indianapolis says:
Hmm? Proofreader? I believe "god" should be "God".

The lack of respect is very apparent. Our culture continues to do everything it can to run from truth.

Thank you.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:45 pm
Mike Rowe says:
It's stunts like this that will ruin things for everyone. Drones will do for model aviation exactly what ATV's did for off road motorcycling.
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:48 pm
Jack says:
Drone. Camera? Cane. Crash!
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:51 pm
Jack from rought side of town says:
Who thought flying a drone around in a bar was a good idea?
Dec. 8, 2014, 3:59 pm
Alan from Asheville says:
TGIF thanks for letting me know how annoying your facilities can be!
Dec. 8, 2014, 4:03 pm
Myron Monk from Chattanooga says:
T.G.I. Don't go there!
Dec. 8, 2014, 4:03 pm
Mike from San Diego says:
Two people get together and do something stupid and one of them gets hurt. This is America: call the lawyers!
Dec. 8, 2014, 4:10 pm
bill from usa says:
How about instead of a drone they use a hawk with razor sharp claws? what could go wrong?
Dec. 8, 2014, 4:14 pm
Gran Sasso says:
I'm surprised people still go there. The food is so lousy. Everything comes in frozen, ready to microwave.
Dec. 8, 2014, 4:25 pm
Jeff from LA says:
Perhaps this article should drill deeper into how someone has made a life decision to go to TGI Friday's twice a week for 16 years?

That aside, how can a business establishment be dumb enough to fly these drones INSIDE, in a BAR, WITHOUT blade covers, with customers around. Talk about a massively poor judgment.
Dec. 8, 2014, 4:40 pm
George Johnson from Flowery Branch says:
Nothing like shoving fast spinning knife blades into the face of your customers!
There are not blade guards on the drones in the photos. And those things will cut you to shreds. I almost lost the end of my thumb with one of those things.
Seems to be obvious the store didn't think this through nor ask an insurance company about it. I bet they are going to scream loud enough to get this "fixed" as soon as they read about it.
Dec. 8, 2014, 4:55 pm
Greg from Texas says:
The story made it sound like the photog had a serious injury. Looking at the pictures, she barely got nicked - and probably improved her looks some. Sensationalize much?
Dec. 8, 2014, 4:55 pm
Wailer Mon says:
Relax? These are the actions that give drones a bad name and will get those who fly responsibly banned. Just a scratch this time. Maybe an eye next time. We'll see your tune change when you are trying to defend this stunt in court.
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:04 pm
Rebecca from Florida says:
A drone was flying over a crowded antique festival several weeks ago, crashing into an elderly woman attendee. Luckily, she was only cut on her arm, and was transported by local EMS to a nearby hospital. Operator error is to blame. Always. If drone pilots cannot control their flying can openers safely, then we should all rethink how the technology should be used when crowds of innocent human beings are involved.
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:16 pm
tom from out east says:
slicing blades rotating at 16,00 rpm. What could go wrong?
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:28 pm
Chris from Harvard says:
Wow everyone in here is lame, someone wants to have some fun with a 4 inch toy helicopter (literally a children's toy) and they are treated like mass murderers. That was hardly a scratch, and she asked for him to put it right by her face! One person said she should get three million dollars for that? What kind of insanity is that it's like a five minute inconvenience!
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:31 pm
Pete from Florida says:
First, selling fake drinks as expensive, performing nose reconstruction with no medical license... TGIF must be stopped!
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:34 pm
a from ftown says:
I worked with this guy on a UPENN shoot. He is an idiot and about to get sued bigtime
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:36 pm
Joe from Philadelphia says:
Fly a drone in my face and I will shoot you (with a real gun)
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:38 pm
Tom Wakefield from New Hampshire says:
I fly electric RC planes, the smallest is 11 inch wingspan and the largest is 12 foot wingspan. The propellers are very sharp and even the smallest of them can cut you pretty good. I was shocked to see someone stupid enough to fly one indoors. About a year ago I read and article about a young man flying an electric helicopter in the park and he hit himself in the head. He died on the spot. These are not toys !!
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:44 pm
haode from westside...nevada says:
how many lawyers got there before the paramedics ?
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:48 pm
Rob from South Carolina says:
I'm going to juggle running chainsaws at TGI Firdays tablesides.
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:53 pm
Mikey from Not in NewYork, thank God. says:
"“Thank god it didn’t go anywhere under my eye — that is my livelihood.”

Should be "God". Or is this one of those "Freedom from religion" sites?
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:54 pm
Quantumac from Central Texas says:
They need to learn the four "Never Ps" of drone flight:

Never around People, Pets, Planes or Powerlines.
Dec. 8, 2014, 5:57 pm
Adrian from Arkansas says:
Tis but a scratch.
Dec. 8, 2014, 6:10 pm
Steve says:
The dumb ideas just never stop.
Dec. 8, 2014, 6:19 pm
Bilbo from Downtown says:
Mistletoe Drones, the worst form of domestic terrorisism.
Where's Eric Holder when you need him?

Here's for the Christmas Day Coup.

Dec. 8, 2014, 6:42 pm
Brock Way from White House says:
Just what I need when I am trying to eat...some thing with open blades spinning nearby, and controlled by some low-rent loser. If you have a drone, congratulations, you just lost a customer.

Brilliant idea...annoy customers, and for what?

You people with drones are the same idiots as the laser pointer idiots.
Dec. 8, 2014, 6:44 pm
Quadbuster from Jersey says:
The amount of pure ignorance on this thread is pretty unbelievable starting with the bar owner.
Dec. 8, 2014, 6:45 pm
Augustine Thomas from Earth says:
Why are we plagued with idiots who think that referring to God as "god" proves anything, except that atheism makes people bitter and stupid?
Dec. 8, 2014, 7:27 pm
Cyrus from DC says:
That is a DJI Flame Wheel F550 Hexacopter. I have built and flown them. Fully loaded they can weigh 5 pounds. That aircraft had no business being flown indoors. Too big, very dangerous.
Dec. 8, 2014, 7:29 pm
Skittlebrew from Da Ghetto says:
Seriously, the picture of the spot of blood on her nose, seems pretty unremarkable.

I will say, however, that the blades on that larger quad copter could do some serious damage.
Dec. 8, 2014, 8:16 pm
Syd says:
Maybe they could use small jet engines since it wouldn't have dangerous blades!
Dec. 8, 2014, 8:23 pm
Steve says:
You don't fly drones indoors! Stupid.
Dec. 8, 2014, 8:33 pm
And Interest from saul5000 says:
Whirling blades of death. Sue them, not fir the money, but for the principal.
Dec. 8, 2014, 8:57 pm
Ozzone from Corney Island says:
It doesn't have blade guards. Get them.
Dec. 8, 2014, 9:21 pm
JJ from Mr Roger's says:
Who would have thought a relatively heavy flying object with spinning blades that becomes heavier with increased speed and in a crowded room would cause an injury?
Dec. 8, 2014, 9:24 pm
TURTLE MAN from Brooklyn says:
I like turtles!!!!
Dec. 8, 2014, 9:40 pm
The_Pilgrim from Flyover Country says:
I'm glad you wimps weren't born when we rode bicycles without helmets and drove around in cars without seatbelts or airbags!

Quick, someone call her a Whambulance!
Dec. 8, 2014, 9:54 pm
Fran from Manhattan says:
Hoiday cheer? Instead i find holiday fear, What an over worked up story. The girl got hit in the face with a toy. My kid got hit in the face with a baseball last year and it was much far worse. Someone stop calling these Rc toys drones its really confusing people. I'm just glad it wasnt that big copter.
Dec. 8, 2014, 10:26 pm
DJI Dragon from Lower east side says:
Friday's is completely responsible for injuries incurred by allowing a multirotor to operate around people.

COMPLETELY . . end of story

If there is ANY history of allowing the copter to operate inside and around customers, the photographer could literally make Friday's write a blank check.
Dec. 8, 2014, 10:28 pm
JoeG from Warren MI says:
Last time I was at Friday's, I ordered the mixed vegetables with dinner. They served those small cut square mixed vegetables, like the ones everyone has in their freezer but never uses.
Dec. 8, 2014, 10:41 pm
Woody from Columbus OH says:
A flying apparatus with spinning blades in a crowded restaurant. What could possibly go wrong?
Dec. 8, 2014, 10:44 pm
Joe Cocker from Darktown says:
I don't get her attitude at all "It's no big deal, it just removed some of my nose, that's all"
Dec. 8, 2014, 11:38 pm
Pike Creeker from PCreek says:
The operators of these aircraft, and the restauranteurs who permit the activity described, are morons. Machines like these cannot be safely operated in close proximity to people. The propellers will cut into wood. Skin won't resist them. You people are risking serious injury to someone. Read the Academy of Model Aeronautics guidelines for safe operation of model aircraft. Good grief. You all should be in the next "Jackass" movie.
Dec. 8, 2014, 11:38 pm
Mic van Weede from Netherlands says:
There are better drones that have blade guards, finger guards, fail "safe" v "unsafe" if they lose comms.

If people don't buy the more Azimovian types, when injuries become high enough - it will be regulated. Who wants that.
Dec. 9, 2014, 2:57 am
Paddibaldi from Ireland says:
Jeez, these people are the reason why I abandoned the USA and came back to Ireland. There was a time when the Challenger numbers would have postponed the mission, but morons went ahead. The seal HAD to fail at that temp. Its almost like no-one in control has the ability to do risk assessment. Yea, a bar owner, can do that when he risk assesses a drunk, but that's the limit of the intellect involved in this clusterparty. Thank you for confirming my decision to come back to RELATIVE sanity.
Dec. 9, 2014, 7:09 am
Berry says:
America is weird.
Dec. 9, 2014, 7:17 am
tim tebow from greenwich says:
the large drone in the slide show with the uncovered black blades is an outdoor drone. it should never be flown inside, much less in a busy restaurant where there are servers walking around with trays of food and diners who are moving around. the small one--even with blade guards--is a hazard to people in a crowded confined space. this is a poorly considered publicity stunt. it puts the employees and diners at risk. and makes drones--which work great outdoors or in a large open indoor space--look more hazardous than they really are. if you're using them in a careless, fool-hardy way, then it's the operator and restaurant management that's to blame.
Dec. 9, 2014, 7:29 am
levi from morrisdale pa says:
Yes, the drone was a horrible idea. But that is miniscule amount of blood. I was expecting fountains based on the description.
Dec. 9, 2014, 8:34 am
LuJr75 says:
This has stupid written all over it.
Dec. 9, 2014, 8:38 am
ChilltheEFout from SouthT says:
90% of you people posting are a bunch of Uptight Jerks. These drones have Plastic blades on them. should they be covered??? yes, But it's not like anyone got murdered here, or seriously injured and i seriously doubt it took off the end of her nose. All one needs to do is youtube birds take out drone.... Birds take these things out, and we have a full grown HUMANs whining about it and SUE SUE SUE SUE SUE. That's the problem with things nowadays people are too up tight and Litigious. They want to sue anyone for anything. Accidents Happen, No-one was seriously injured. It's merely a concept of flying a toy around the rime with Mistletoe dangling from it to make people happy and I'm sure that Lots of People without Sticks in their @55es actually smiled and had fun with it !!
Dec. 9, 2014, 9:22 am
Fred from You Dork says:
You're not suppose to kiss the drone, DA !
Dec. 9, 2014, 9:35 am
Jay Stemple from Atlanta, GA says:
Only a moron flies a quadcopter/drop etc INDOORS unless there is loads of room. And only a bigger moron flies a drone right above a persons head. There are too many unknowns when flying these things; like battery life and signal.

Too many people are buying these things and thinking they are toys when, in fact, they are tools only professionals should use.

Hope the operators gets sued.
Dec. 9, 2014, 9:53 am
Dick from Atlanta says:
Really dumb idea, what clown flies a drone in an inclosed area ......? Answer a moron

Hope the operator gets sued. Dittos!

What a jackleg, put one over my head I will bring it to the ground.
Dec. 9, 2014, 11:20 am
Angie from Northern CA says:
Maybe next time, the drone will cut off someone's head while they are 'kissing'...Another example of outright stupidity and anything for 'publicity'...act....

Did anyone ever ask the other customers if they wanted a 'drone' in their midst? I don't appreciate the fact that we are not given a serious 'vote' on these abhorrent objects of idiocy.

At which point does it get 'mis-used'? Already has been as stated by this article. Stupid photographer too..he could have been 'beheaded'....Ugh..
Dec. 9, 2014, 12:31 pm
Randall Huston from St Joseph, Mo says:
This "drone operator" is an F'ing moron to attempt to fly a quadcopter in an enclosed space like this. The FAA is trying it's best to shut down the entire hobby and idiots like this are making it so easy for them to make a case.
Anyone who has any working knowledge of these flying blenders knows that you don't fly over crowds and especially indoors.
But hey, who am I to judge? I've only been flying quads for 5 years and rc in total for 25 years.............
Dec. 9, 2014, 12:31 pm
stebo from san diego says:
hahahaha. I knew this ill conceived publicity stunt would yield casualties. Maybe they will pull this idiotic silliness when someone actually loses their eye and sues the living —— out of them.
Dec. 9, 2014, 12:57 pm
Quinn from Sarasota says:
What kind of morons approve of open propellers for close proximity with people?
Criminal negligence..
Dec. 9, 2014, 1:06 pm
Larz blackman from Hoedown says:
She tried to quell the bleeding...BUT THE BLOOD KEPT COMING!!!
Dec. 9, 2014, 1:18 pm
REAL UAV Pilot from close says:
Moron flyin those should have his Phantom and anything else taken away from him. Cardinal rule , NEVER fly over people. Doesn't matter whether the props have guards on them or not, doesn't matter whether it's a large or small one. Blades into eyes can easily blind people. Pilot is a retard to even attempt to land on the photographers hand, though he had skills, but actually just stupid and obviously no idea how these things react when the surface they are landing on changes it's pitch or orientation.
Dec. 9, 2014, 1:26 pm
John from Nassau says:
How utterly stupid and willful to fly drones in the proximity of patrons. What next, passing around hand grenades?
Dec. 9, 2014, 1:30 pm
Ben from Da hood says:
Wow, what a spectacularly bad idea.
Dec. 9, 2014, 1:33 pm
Bert from Central Florida says:
Georgine Benvenuto,

Owning a drone myself, I have to wonder why TGI Fridays would use an aerial quadcopter (re: four propellers spinning at high RPM) to hang mistletoe over their customer's heads. Just the downwash from the spinning propellers would be annoying enough, but to then fly it so very close over people's head was stupid. Quiones, the quadcopter operator, was showing off his "awesome skill" landing it on Georgine's tongue is firmly placed in my cheek when I write "awesome skill", I'd prefer to call it a "numbskull stunt" fit for a Three Stooges short.

TGI Friday needs to have their collective heads examined for brain content and as we can see in this example, not much was going on in their skulls except for the occasional lighting bug flitting about and a moth or two.

Which brings me to my other comment regarding "drones": Stupid is as stupid does, it was not the drone's fault, it was TGI Friday's fault for coming up with or agreeing to this whole idea and the drone operator agreeing to do such a stupid stupid stupid, did I say stupid?, thing in close quarters, gives all intelligent drone operators, like me, a black eye and a bad name... way to go Mr. Quiones.

Here's a hint Mr. Quiones: when flying a quadcopter, no matter how small it may be, aerodynamics apply...genius. In the picture of the couple kissing beneath a large "drone" you might note the ceiling clearance is minimal at best. In rotary-winged aircraft, get those props too close to the ceiling and the "drone" will literally get sucked up into the ceiling as the props will create a vacuum above it as it draws air in and downwards. And what happens then? Three or four pounds of spinning junk slamming into TGI Friday's guests. Got it? Get it? Good.

OConnor Aerial Videos & Editing LLC
Oviedo, Florida
Dec. 9, 2014, 1:55 pm
Carl Spadt from Flatbush says:
That woman is whiny, sympathy seeking and pathetic who will sue because she thinks she will make money and punish TGIF. She is the downfall of this country and exemplifies all that is wrong with humanity.

Suck it up and realize sh*t happens and get on with your life. Show some class.
Dec. 9, 2014, 2:54 pm
Mike from Wisconsin says:
As a person who flies both drones and RC helicopters, I'd have to say that I would NEVER fly it indoors in a room full of people. If it's just me in my living room, fine. I'm the only one at risk. These things can be blown off course with the slightest breeze. Opening a door...air handlers coming on, etc. would be devastating to the flight stability, especially that small one.
Dec. 9, 2014, 3:48 pm
Bill De Blasio from Hizzoner's Office says:
I love how retarded everyone is
Dec. 9, 2014, 4:57 pm
RicardoC from Raleigh, NC says:
why not just shoot some apples from their heads with shotguns too?
Dec. 9, 2014, 8:08 pm
RC Pilot from PA says:
The FAA has banned the use of "drones" in commercial applications, invite them by for lunch.
Dec. 9, 2014, 9:02 pm
Drew from Great White North says:
I'm a professional commercially licensed multirotor drone pilot. I fly for television and feature films. All it takes is one idiot to ruin it for everyone else. These are not toys, ultimately this guy will get sued for flying recklessly and injuring someone because of his negligence. Flying in a crowded resturant inches away from slicing blades rotating at 16,00 rpm. What could go wrong?
Dec. 9, 2014, 9:08 pm
Reading Comprehension from NYC says:
Quinones attempted to land the drone on the reporter "she flinched" which caused the droned to hit the photographer in the face.

People who are blaming the photographer need to re-read the article and realize that she was hurt through no fault of her own.
Dec. 11, 2014, 4:18 pm
Jeff from ex south sider says:
I hope she sues and gets a few million. This could have been a lot lot worse and can't believe how dumb the comments are here. Nothing funny at all about this. What were they thinking?
Dec. 17, 2014, 8:41 pm
Anon Y. Mous from somewhere says:
Sure. The drone thing was a flawed idea. But she barely got nicked. Overreaction.

But the food there still sucks.
Dec. 28, 2014, 1:45 pm
RICHARD from NYC says:
Moron it is ... stupid and irresponsible idea, total lack of critical thinking and responsibility for own actions. Want to see moron's face, look at the slideshow, pictures 1 and 2 above.
Jan. 1, 2015, 3:28 am
Carl Moore from says:
Like sheep we follow the technology wherever it takes us.
Jan. 9, 2015, 10:35 am
David Roman from Bakersfield CA. says:
Does Drones are extreme danger , Specially from DJI. I almost lost 4 finges do to a defective product. My email is Did any person have very bad experience with this drones. My phone number is 661-619-2656.
Feb. 6, 2015, 9:57 pm
jim from Canada says:
When did Americans become so fearful? Lawsuits have become your new lotteries, and have more than crippled your creativity; they've created a nation of silly whiners.
Feb. 9, 2015, 7:37 am
Lizibet from Queens says:
From the description, one might think this photographer was maimed for life. Then we see photos of miniscule scratches that might cost her 1 ml of blood in TOTAL. Please, send this photographer to cover people with real injuries -- a trauma ER, a VA hospital where returned vets recover from IEDs, etc. The exaggeration here is beyond ridiculous - it's puerile hysteria at its most unattractive.
May 5, 2015, 5:04 pm
CharlieF from SB says:
The Drone operator knows or should know that he is violating every safety standard which anyone who owns or operates a drone must know. You never fly over peoples heads. Never fly above a populated event. Never fly indoors especially around people. Always wear eye protection. Use blade guards which literally coast a few dollars and take 1 minute to install onto the drone. This drone operator is extremely irresponsible and should be ordered by the FAA to NEVER operate any remote control or flying device ever again. Owning a drone does not make you a drone pilot. I highly doubt that the drone guy has an AMA membership which would provide insurance. Both The drone guy should be reported to the FAA. Both the drone guy and Friday’s should be sued and Fridays manager should be firef!
Dec. 5, 4:36 pm

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