So over the holidays we saw that TGIFridays in the United Kingdom was attempting to create a buzz by having people kiss under a mistletoe-toting drone. The program started in a Manchester location and was expected to spread across the nation to select locations as well as over seas to the States.
Spokeswoman Rachel Waller said:
“Everyone loves a good Christmas party, but we all know things can be a bit awkward until someone breaks the ice.
“We’re known for legendary celebrations at Fridays, so we wanted to see how we could make Christmas get-togethers in our restaurants even more entertaining, and offer guests the encouragement they need to make their move.
“Our mistletoe drones are the perfect way to do this. Not only are they great fun for the entire restaurant, but they help people get a little closer at this time of the year.
“Who knows – maybe we’ll have had our first mistletoe drone wedding by this time next year.”
This is one of those things that you say, “That sounds pretty cool, but I know this is going to end poorly.” And sure as a lactose intolerant, ice cream eating, toddler in a haunted house poops his pants, this did not go so well for a Brooklyn based photojournalist. Georgine Benvenuto was injured with one of the drones.
“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,” Benvenuto said.
The TGIFriday’s drone operator, David Quiones, came back with a gem of a quote:
“If people get hurt, they’re going to come regardless. People get hurt in airplanes, they still fly. There is a risk involved — anything flying, there is risk.”
He’s right – there is a risk in flying – but you expect a risk getting on a plane, not when you’re ordering Jack Daniels smothered potato skins.