Burgers, happy hour specials and ... drones? The tiny remote-controlled gadgets probably aren't the first thing you think of when you hear TGI Fridays, but the chain has been using the copters to spread the holiday cheer this season by dangling mistletoe over couples in the restaurant. The fun publicity stunt went wrong recently when one of the drones crashed into a photographer's face at a New York location.
Courier Life photographer Georgine Benvenuto was covering the drone-centric festivities when a small drone collided with her face, cutting her cheek and taking a piece out of the tip of her nose. The drone operator was trying to land on a reporter's hand when the accident occurred.
The reporter blames operator David Quiones for not being careful, but he tells a different story.
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.