"Mistletoe Drone" slices photographer's face

Photographer Georgine Benvenuto, a news photographer, got sliced up by a bare-rotored “mistletoe drone” as part of a TGI Friday’s gimmick that they are doing in many of their stores this holiday season. Friday’s claims it is Beneventura’s fault; calls its patrons “consumers.” Photo credit: Vanessa Ogle / Brooklyn Daily

Via Brooklyn Daily:

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.”

And via Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing:

A newspaper photographer reporting on a TGI Friday’s flying “Mobile Mistletoe” drone had her face sliced open by the 23″ drone’s six bare rotors, and Friday’s blamed her for the injury, saying she flinched when the restaurant’s drone pilot landed a smaller copter on her outstretched hand.

Several Friday’s restaurants are hosting their own mobile mistletoe gimmicks, and the restaurant says that this is the first instance of an injury. A restaurant spokesperson said that normally “We do not let consumers touch it.” This person is apparently unaware that people eating at restaurants are commonly called “diners,” “patrons,” or “customers.” “Consumer” — an always-odious term — is especially on-the-nose in a restaurant context.

Gotta love the future of technology mixing up with Christmas traditions. ‘Murica.

Non-injurious Mistletoe Drone kiss

A kiss under the Mistletoe Drone without injury. Photo credit: Georgina Benaventura (who was injured by the drone).

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