In a plot that anyone who has watched an action movie about technology could have predicted, a drone used by mid-priced restaurant chain TGI Friday’s to transport mistletoe over unsuspecting diners rebelled and attacked a reporter. The mistletoe drone was being employed in a demonstration at the TGI Friday’s in Sheepshead Bay when it spun out of control and hit Brooklyn Daily Eagle photographer Georgine Benvenuto in the face. SKYNET IS HERE; THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
Benevuto described the harrowing incident on her Facebook page, noting that the drone that hit her was the “children’s toy drone” rather than the main drone, which, God help us all. “I have covered active crime scenes, terrorist strikes, etc. and survived them all, unscathed,” Benevuto wrote. “The most dangerous assignment to date was covering this drone story.”
The drones were part of a TGI Friday holiday promotion to, I guess, encourage more awkward kisses under bits of foliage near their unlimited appetizer specials. The rogue drone, according to Benevuto, “cut off skin on my nose, cut my chin, and got caught in my hair, spinning & spinning.” Holiday cheer evidently is easily swapped for holiday terror, y’know? Anyway, aside from some scrapes and a newly instilled fear of technology, one imagines, Benevuto got out of the TGI Friday’s relatively unscathed.
A Friday’s spokesperson told the New York Post, “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 incident” is also the name of the first sign of the apocalypse, FYI.