COULD THIS MAN be Australian of the year? According to everyone on social media he may very well be a hero. A recent social media video that went viral after a man, who only wants to be know as ‘Tim’, used his drone to fly to a local hardware store to pick up a sausage in bread.
Aussie of the year winner
Man flies drone to Bunnings to get Sausage Sizzle from his hot tubhttps://t.co/jJVdi3L4UZ
— Tom Atkinson (@Tommy_A7) November 8, 2016
Drone footage obtained by EFTM shows a man placing a note and cash in a plastic bag reading “Please buy snag and put in bag, here’s $10.” He then flies the drone to the local Bunnings Warehouse two kilometres away to collect his delicious snack.
Bunnings is a home and hardware chain that has routine fundraising barbecues out the front of its stores.
“Sausage sizzles” are basically fundraisers in Australia, offering the opportunity to eat a cheap BBQ lunch and donate money to a local charity at the same time.
Everyday Australians who understand the sanctity of the “Bunnings sausages sizzle” however, took to Twitter leaping to the defence of the accused, according to EFTM just because he was hungry.
my question to the premier is how deeply un-Australian is it to fine a man who used a drone to pick up a Bunnings sausage? #springst
— I make no apology (@anguslivingston) November 9, 2016
Tim said the video was just a bit of fun and admitted that multiple shots were cropped together to make it look like one continuous flight.
“[The] drone would [have] lost signal over that distance and would [have] been extremely difficult to control via a screen,” he said.
While it is legal to fly a drone recreationally, there is strict rules around flying in and around areas with lots of people. You know, because of the whole accidentally falling onto someone thing.
The video has since been deleted from YouTube, however CASA spokesperson Peter Gibson said the incident potentially breached a number of drone regulations and may lead to a $9000 fine.
“The takeout message is simple, the drone rules are there to protect people and property,” he said.
“This is a classic example of a place where you should never fly a drone.”
With Christmas approaching and drones sure to feature in plenty of stockings, Mr Gibson said any new owners should read up on exactly what they are allowed to do.
“We want to see people have fun with their drones but if you don’t respect the rules then you putting people at risk and there are penalties for doing that,” Mr Gibson said.