Montgomery, AL-TGI Friday’s had a cute idea to bring people together for the holidays: Get a drone, attach some mistletoe to and hover it over restaurant patrons to make them kiss. Sounds like a reasonable way to give patrons that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling, right? Seriously, what could possibly go wrong? Well, the drone could go out of control and injure a guest.
That’s what happed to a reporter who went to the restaurant’s Sheepshead Bay location to get the story on the mistletoe drone and TGI Friday’s holiday event which they have dubbed “#Togethermas,” but she got more than she bargained for, she got bloodshed as the Brooklyn Daily reported.
Brooklyn Daily Photographer Georgine Benvenuto was at the popular chain restaurant for their launch of the mistletoe drones on December 4th when she was injured by the radio controlled chopper with four unguarded blades.
“It literally chipped off a tip of my nose,” Benvenuto told Brooklyn Daily. She also said it cut her on the chin.
The accident occurred after drone operator, David Quiones, convinced Benvenuto to allow the drone to land on her hand. But she flinched as the 10” copter was landing, and sent it flying into her own face so Quiones inferred the accident was Benvenuto’s fault.
The seriousness of Benvenuto’s injuries was disputed by a witness, who wasn’t there for the actual accident, but saw picture of the aftermath, telling Brooklyn Daily that it was just a scratch. Her injury didn’t require medical attention so it might not have been that serious.
Quiones said this is the first accident involving a mistletoe drone he knows of and the restaurant. Even so, perhaps the restaurant might consider covering the blades of their drones—they also use a 23”drone in some locations—just to err on the side of caution. With Togethermass going on in locations across the country, the chances of someone else getting hurt is high.
While this was minor mishap, it does bring up the question of who is liable when a consumer is injured in a restaurant or retail store. In legal language, this is referred to as premise liability and covers range of accidents that occur in shops, restaurants, hotels, rental properties, etc. The principle behind this area of personal injury law is that when a person enters another person’s property, they have the reasonable expectation that they will not be injured. Benvenuto likely had that expectation when she went to TGI Friday’s for her story.
Slips and falls are the most common accidents which can occur on another person’s property and can often result in serious injuries. Broken bones, back injuries and head trauma are typical in property accidents and can run the gamut of minor to serious to permanently debilitating. Property accidents usually occur because a property owner failed to keep walkway or stairs free of obstructions or failed warn a patron of a wet floor. If a property owner is negligent in maintaining a safe environment, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries.
If you have suffered a serious and costly injury as a result of a property accident, one of accident attorneys will help you decide how to approach your case and obtain compensation for your medical costs.

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