Man flies drone 2km to pick up sausage from Bunnings

A Victorian man may be fined $9000 for an ingenious idea.

While we have to admire his ingenuity, a man from Sunbury in Victoria could be facing a $9000 fine, surely making his Bunnings sausage sizzle the most expensive snag ever!

The man posted a video online of him sending a drone from his house to the nearby Bunnings carpark to pick up a sausage, while he sat comfortably in his hot tub.

He attached some money and a note which read “Please buy snag and put in bag. Here’s $10” and sent the drone on the 2km journey to the hardware store carpark, where the weekend sausage sizzle was taking place. There, attendees dutifully fulfilled his request.

However, the man (who hasn’t been named but who some might call a local hero), could pay dearly for his laziness, since his actions broke the rules in line with his profession as a drone operator.

“Just launching a recreational drone out of your backyard, flying 2km or so across the suburbs, across a four lane road, across the Bunnings carpark and down to a sausage sizzle, is not thinking about the safety issues or planning for them,” said Peter Gibson from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

An investigation is underway by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority but the man is expected to cop a $9000 fine.

What do you think? Does the publishment fit the crime or should the man be made to repent in other ways – like working the Bunnings sausage sizzle grill for the rest of the year?

Check out the video for yourself!



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    10th Nov 2016
    We may laugh about it but a few months ago a drone hit a car on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If this drone had hit a car which then caused a fatal accident we would not be laugh about it and saying he is a hero. There is also an issue of privacy as he could fly the drone into your backyard and video through you windows.
    10th Nov 2016
    I think the fine is money grabbing, people have done much worse and paid a lot less.
    10th Nov 2016
    MusicVeg, I do not think it is money grabbing at all, any more than fining a DUI driver or a speeding one. It is not a question of whether others have done much worse but what are the potential implications for other innocent people. There are, or need to be, strict rules on use of drones for our mutual protection from invasion of our privacy, protecting civil aviation, criminal enterprises or other worse scenarios. This person must have known the rules and blatantly ignored them. He/she deserves the fine.

    10th Nov 2016
    This creep has been exposed on A Current Affair many months ago, but he continues to slither from one venue with his snags to another. Really great law enforcement.
    Polly Esther
    10th Nov 2016
    It's not a fun thing this fellow has done, it's a stupid thing in my humble opinion.
    Hit him hard in his hip pocket and hope he learns something.
    Then perhaps he could nominate himself for Prime Minister, :-) only joking I think.

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