Nothing makes a party like destroying someone else’s property…right?
We’ve seen it before; people get excited, cars get flipped and now we’re seeing it again, but this time–from a bird’s eye view.
Consumer drones mounted with video cameras are becoming more popular to record footage of events like concerts, protests, or sporting celebrations. With the increased drone presence among public crowds, we are also seeing instances of destructive behavior.
Recently, Harry Arnold, a 52-year-old man who runs an aerial photography company out of Detroit, suffered a $700 loss when his drone equipment was knocked down while filming a concert.
Who’s to blame for the financial and physical hit? The venues’ own guest of honor: bassist Spencer Polland of “Trash Talk.”
Video footage from Arnold’s drone shows Polland throwing (with relatively poor aim) various objects at the hovering aircraft.
Finally, Polland manages to hit the drone with a beer, taking it for an abrupt crash landing:
Rightfully upset that his property was damaged, Arnold confronted the less-than-apologetic band member, who he then exchanged some choice words with.
Given the circumstances, the band’s name, “Trash Talk” seems fitting.
Lucky for Arnold, the show’s promoter agreed to cover the costs for his damaged property.
Though it is hard to speculate on the psychology that drives a person’s desire to damage another’s belongings, it seems to be a reoccurring theme.
In June 2014, a crowd celebrating the LA Kings Stanley Cup victory took down another hobbyist drone, the DJI Phantom. Video footage showed the crowd adamantly throwing objects at the drone until it was finally hit and fell into the crowd below.
In both scenarios, we see individuals acting without logic.
Although some could argue that having a drone fly above a heavily populated area isn’t a great idea, we can probably all agree that trying to takedown said drone isn’t a wonderful idea, either.
After all, a drone falling from the sky into a crowded area can do more than just financial damage.