- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Brooklyn photojournalist reportedly had a piece of her nose severed off by a wayward drone carrying mistletoe during a promotional event at TGI Friday’s.

The restaurant chain was promoting “Mobile Mistletoe” drones for the holidays, meant “to help inspire more guests to come together underneath the mistletoe and experience #Togethermas this Christmas.”

The remote-controlled drones are supposed to fly over dining couples to prompt them to kiss, while a camera on board records the interactions, Raw Story reported.

According to the Brooklyn Daily, one of their photographers, Georgine Benvenuto, was covering the drones at a TGI Friday’s in Sheepshead Bay.

Ms. Benvenuto said she was watching the drone land on a reporter’s hand when it veered out of control and hit her.

“It literally chipped off a tip of my nose,” said Ms. Benvenuto, adding that she’s thankful she didn’t lose an eye. “It took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin.”

Drone operator David Quiones blamed the woman whose hand the drone landed on, saying she flinched and sent the machine crashing into Ms. Benvenuto’s face.

Ms. Benvenuto countered that Mr. Quiones was the one in control of the drone and that he needs to be more careful.

TGI Friday’s spokeswoman Frances Karkosak told the Brooklyn Daily that nothing like this has ever happened before, insisting customers are not in any danger of similar accidents in the future.

“We do not let consumers touch it,” she told the paper.



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