An intrepid team from Brooklyn Daily went to check in on TGI Fridays’ “Mobile Mistletoe” promotion at the Sheepshead Bay restaurant, and it got bloody. Under normal operating conditions, the ploy is arguably the worst thing to happen at the chain since its “Endless Appetizers” promotion. It works like this: If the radio-controlled drone, which has four sharp blades and dangles some mistletoe, zooms over your table, you kiss. You kiss, in part, because everybody is closely watching the drone and it’s a form of public shaming that runs you the risk of being pelted with hot mozzarella sticks if you do not comply.
In lower Brooklyn, however, things took a bad turn when a drone “flew out of control” and hit the paper’s photographer in the face.
“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.”
Worst of all, the guy in charge of the drones blamed a reporter for the accident and said the nose-slicing would deter no one. “If people get hurt, they’re going to come regardless. People get hurt in airplanes, they still fly,” he said.
The photographer says she’s just happy her eyes weren’t damaged after the mistletoe-laden drone collided with her face. It is unclear if anyone kissed her in the aftermath of the incident.