TGI Friday’s holiday ‘mistletoe drone’ leaves woman bloody with a piece of nose missing


Maybe there is such a thing as bad publicity.

A Brooklyn TGI Friday’s invited a reporter and photographer to write up a Christmas feature about the restaurant’s new “Mobile Mistletoe” feature, where a piloted drone carries the love sprigs over couple’s tables by air to encourage a little holiday romance.

The gimmick made an unintended splash when the machine’s helicopter blades clipped off the end of the photographer’s nose, the Brooklyn Daily reported.

“It literally chipped off a tip of my nose,” photographer Georgine Benvenuto told a reporter colleague while stanching the blood with tissues. “It took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin.

“Thank God it didn’t go anywhere under my eye — that is my livelihood.”

Naturally, the drone pilot is blaming the media.

Operator David Quiones was trying to land the 10-inch aircraft on the reporter’s hand when she flinched. The flinch was what set the copter careering, he maintains, not his piloting. He noted that nothing like this has happened to him before.

According to the Brooklyn Daily, a TGI spokeswoman said Mobile Mistletoe events at restaurants in Long Island and Texas had caused no injuries, and said customers are in no danger even from a larger, 23-inch drone.

“We do not let consumers touch it,” Frances Karkosak said.

Diners were dismissive of the damage the drone did.

“It was like a scratch on her nose,” said patron Karim Turner, who didn’t see the incident but was shown photos of the injury (presumably not taken by Benvenuto.)

“I’ve seen far more worse blood than that.”

If that’s the standard for a mistletoe kiss, they’ve got interesting Christmases in Brooklyn.


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