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TGI Fridays Has Dispatched Mistletoe-Carrying Drones in Restaurants

There’s already been one collision between drone and human

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TGI Fridays unrolled a bit of holiday geekery earlier this month: mistletoe-carrying drones. The flying bots hover over potentially romantic customers' heads in an attempt to encourage traditional smooches, NY Daily News reports. If the couples comply, the drone takes a photo and projects it onto a large screen set up in the restaurant. 

The drones, however, aren't necessarily welcome bringers of love and good cheer for all they visit. As one customer attested to NY Daily News: "Some people might be on a date with their side chick and wouldn't want their face up on the screen. I'm keeping it PG."

Additionally, there has also been at least one drone-on-face collision since the project launched. Brooklyn Daily photographer Georgine Benvenuto—on assignment to report on the mistletoe drones—says the robot attempted to land on her head but as a result "took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin." TGI Fridays said that was an isolated incidence, and that the accident resulted because Benvenuto moved her head. 

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