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Mistletoe drone draws blood at TGI Friday's

The restaurant's branch in Brooklyn has a very modern festive idea. Until the drone goes off course and strikes a photographer in the face.

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The kissing drone has a good heart, but not always a perfect aim.Photo by TGI Friday's/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You're at TGI Friday's, the home of culinary romance. It's Christmas. There's a buzz in the air. Your lover looks up and sees that this is the very literal buzz of a drone with some mistletoe (and a camera) attached.

No, it's not been sent by Jeff Bezos to thank you for ordering so many self-help books on Amazon. It's a TGI Friday's promotion, designed to elevate the happiness that ventilates its premises.

Perhaps no one imagined, though, that the drone or its operator might be made dizzy by all the romance in the air.

Indeed, at the media debut of this giddy affair, a mistletoe drone attacked a photographer's face, slicing her nose. There is no evidence that the drone had, in fact, taken a shine to Georgine Benvenuto and was trying to kiss her.

She was there on behalf of the Brooklyn Daily and she explained on her Facebook page: "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."

What's even odder is that this wasn't the big daddy of the kissing drones. She said: "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."

They're encouraging children to kiss each other? Oh.

The whole thing happened in the Sheepshead Bay TGI Friday's. So who was at fault? The Brooklyn Daily said that the drone's master, David Quiones, insisted that nothing like this had ever happened before. Benvenuto told ABC News that Quiones blamed the reporter for flinching when he landed it on her hand.

TGI Friday's left its view of what really happened up in the air. It only offered me this statement: "This was an isolated event during a demonstration for the reporter and photographer only, given by the licensed operator of the drone during the last day of this particular promotion. Of course, safety is our first priority and we are sorry that this isolated incident occurred."

Isolated for how long? Our aerial spaces will soon enjoy more and more flying gadgets of varying sizes. Alfred Hitchcock would have found it fascinating. Just as pilots fear they're endangering lives around airports, so Amazon is saying it will test its drones abroad if the US isn't more welcoming to them.

Of course, there will be plenty of enjoyment in this aerial liberation. I wonder, though, whether any slightly tipsy TGI Fridays customer might be tempted, out of experimentation or irritation, to reach up and grab the loving drone and send it to another planet altogether.

You'll be able to cut the air with a knife, should that happen.