NYPD arrest man for crashing drone into the Empire State Building


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no video? not even a photo?


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Let that be a lesson: next time don’t try to fly it so close to the gorilla.


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I think potentially having a drone crash on unsuspecting pedestrians below counts as reckless endangerment.


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“You damn kids aren’t getting your baseball back. You’ll just end up breaking another window of mine”


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I concur. And wind in a city with lots of tall buildings can be more unpredictable than in an open space, so flying a drone in a crowded metropolitan area can potentially be dangerous for pedestrians. The wind might not be something a drone can’t handle, but it just demands more caution from the operator.

I don’t know if this guy should be made an example of, but definitely people who use drones with not much regard for safety are giving the hobby a bad name.


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Reads headline - “But… how did they find him?”
Reads the rest -


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Hey, that’s my drone that smashed into your building and almost decapitated a tourist. Can I have it back?


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There’s a good chance they’d have identified him eventually even if he hadn’t asked to get the drone back:

The local NBC affiliate in New York identified the man as Sean Nivin Riddle. A man with the same name Tweeted that he was filming with a drone and that it had struck the Empire State Building.


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We’re going to be in trouble if the people mis-using drones aren’t total idiots.


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Are some gun owners total idiots? And some computer owners? And some users of light bulbs?

Yea, I expect there’s going to be an intelligence test for this dangerous and unnecessary toy.


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As drones become smaller, lighter, and less dangerous to unsuspecting pedestrians, they get easier to swat with a rolled up newspaper. Possibly the only remaining use for a newspaper.


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Especially when people start mounting Ant-Man action figures on top. Come to think of it, how did Marvel and Disney overlook that marketing opportunity? It’s so obvious it hurts.


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Case in point…


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