I’m With The Firemen

I really really hate these obnoxious douches with these drones

As drones become more prolific, people are starting to form two camps: those that love them, and those (like this chimp) that think they’re privacy-stealing, hazardous nuisances. Guess which side a group of firefighters from upstate New York were on?

As the firefighters from Montgomery and Coldenham in New York were working to put out a house that had caught fire on June 4, a local man named John Thompson decided to fly a drone over the scene to film the proceedings. The firefighters put up with the drone for about 10 minutes and then turned their fire house on it, in what looks to me like annoyance. They send another blast its way about a minute later.

I see one anywhere near my property and I will do what I can to knock it out.

6 Responses to “I’m With The Firemen”

  1. Julie says:

    Kind of a firefighter version of skeet shooting. 🙂

  2. JeffS says:

    Too bad NJ has such crappy gun laws! That limits your options.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    In soooooooooooo many things Jeff!

  4. nightfly says:

    Tricky. I can’t really blame the fireman for taking the shot, but I agree with the drone jockey’s principle – if the press can film it, then he also has that right. There’s no minimum size requirement for First Amendment protections for freedom of the press; even if the guy’s chosen outlet is YouTube rather than Channel 62 Action News. That protection is exactly the one that’s needed to break news otherwise embargoed by our imperial media, and to protect the general public from government reprisal – even if it’s a protection that’s abused by this wannabe paparazzo.

    So the question becomes, at what point does this stop being news footage and start being “Spying on my neighbor’s misfortune?” I’m not sure if there’s a bright-line standard that can apply. Once the guy gets within hose range, it sure looks like he’s just being nosy and intrusive, but he’s not actually stopping anyone from putting out the fire.

    PS – regarding gun laws and options… yeaaaaahhhh. (Though there is some question whether this is legit or a marketing ploy. FWIW, the guy still had to hit the shot.)

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    The 1st Amend doesn’t cover trespassing, ‘Fly. If some douche sends one over my property it’s getting…interference.

  6. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Heh – I’d love to see the Supreme Court decide how HIGH a person’s property rights go…

    That said, I would also interfere.

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