Drones are all the rage these days. During the holidays alone, retailers were expected to sell nearly 400,000 drones and another 1 million more in 2016. Consumers like to fly them over public spaces to film, well, whatever.
It means enough new flying objects in our airspace that the FAA now requires drone owners to register their devices through a new website. 181,000 drones have registered since the site opened in December.
On Sunday, reader Jaime was strolling through the Clement Street Farmer’s Market when a drone fell out of the sky.
“A drone fell in the middle of Clement Street and nearly landed on someone’s head. Would have been bad because it was a large drone,” Jamie said.
After about 45 seconds and much bewilderment from market shoppers, a man ran up and grabbed the drone, then jogged away without a word.
Jaime pulled out her camera to snap a pic of the pilot and his accomplice, who then shouted to stop taking pictures, and covered their faces.
“They said, what did I think I was doing taking their picture as they tried to cover their faces? I replied don’t you see the irony here? You guys just did the EXACT same thing to me and everyone else at the Farmers Market,” Jaime said.
Maybe they should try some test runs in an empty field before flying their drone over a crowded Farmer’s Market.
We’ll let you know if any video surfaces of a flyover of the Clement Street market. 😉