Jun201408

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday – watch this kid (I say kid because quite honestly I don’t think he’s older than 18 or 19) get the crap kicked out of him by one Amanda Mears, who obviously thought her privacy settings in real life were at the maximum – well she was wrong.  While we do know a few of the details about what happened here – just tap the link below for the story as we know it – it really does shed light on a huge privacy concern, because a public beach is just that – public.  But when does it go too far?  This is definitely one of those gray areas, but wow what a shocking video.

Fight Video: Woman Attacks Kid for Flying a Drone on a Beach

Was that not a crazy video or what?  At first you probably laughed at the guy since he was getting his drone handed to him by this woman, but then you realize he’s just playing it safe since he’s recording the entire fight.  That plan ended up paying off, as according to the uploader’s comments on YouTube, Miss Mears apparently ended up getting arrested – and the kid with the drone was allowed to come back to fly again.  Here’s what we’ve found on the story from the fine people at LiveLeak:

“I went to a nearby beach that is a whopping 2 miles long, set up, talked to some people that were curious what my “thing” was, demonstrated the loiter feature (pulling the quad to one direction or another), demonstrated rtl (flying it away then having it return), and make a lot of people think the quad was just awesome. I never went below 50 feet save for take off/landing, then after the end of my last flight, some crazy lady came over and started taking pictures of me…and dialed 911 for the 3rd time in 15 minutes…she said something to the effect of, “There’s a guy here taking pictures at the beach with a helicopter plane.” (I distinctly remember her saying, “with a helicopter plane,” because that just sounds hilarious.) They basically said that they’d send someone when one gets free during each of the 3 calls she made, she decided they didn’t care enough about someone obeying the law so when no one was around she assaulted me and she decided to stop when she got a phone call. I called the police to report the assault, and boy was the response big…10 or more vehicles arrived (cops, DEEP, and an ambulance)…They first listened to her story of lies (she claimed I was taking close ups of people in bikinis, and that she had asked me to stop flying before calling the police, and that I was the one that assaulted her, and and and). The police approached me very aggressively, believing her full story, and before anything else was said I brought up something that she missed… The fact that the cell phone in my hand has a camera…that was recording. I had video evidence that she went nuts completely unprovoked, and was the one that assaulted me. She was then charged with assault, and breach of peace and I gave the cops a copy of the video for their prosecution. I then also showed them my last flight where you can make out her colorful shirt getting up from the beach then following it until it lands which proved that she lied when claiming that she asked me to stop flying before calling the police.”
“At the end of it all, one of the officers said to me basically, “Flying that thing the way you were is fine, you’re not in any trouble. You can come back and fly, but just be aware that some people can be alarmed.””

Pretty wild story, isn’t it?  Do you think he/anyone should be allowed to fly personal drones in public that have video recording capabilities?  Do you think it’s really any different than everyone walking around with iPhones on the street level that could basically do the same thing?  Drop us a line below – and if you’re craving more solid fight videos, just hit up our official fight videos tag!

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