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Man downs drone with t-shirt, goes to jail.

 
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Aug 21, 2015 22:59 |  #1

Yet another drone news story. This time a guy in San Diego threw his t-shirt at a pesky drone and ended up in jail charged with vandalism.

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Aug 21, 2015 23:25 |  #2

Yes, I'm in the San Diego area and couldn't believe this. The drone owner said it was flying high above the crowds at a public beach, but if the guy could throw his t-shirt at it, how high was it? And the man was charged with felony vandalism. Crazy.


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Aug 21, 2015 23:27 |  #3

It's only a matter of time before drones become controlled and regulated.

They're super invasive.

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Aug 22, 2015 00:55 |  #4

Crazy indeed.

T shirt throwing distance is not what I would call a safe height nor a considerate height when flying above random people. The drone operator should have been charged with being a public nuisance and endangering public safety.


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Aug 22, 2015 07:45 |  #5

As the drone was a commercial operation, I'd be amazed if the FAA had approved the operator to operate at such a low height over public spaces; even as a hobbyist there are rules regarding minimum distances & heights that drones (& model aircraft) can be flown from members of the public.

Like any law, ignorance isn't much of a defence, particularly when personal injury lawyers get involved, or the FAA decides to prosecute a commercial operator.


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Aug 22, 2015 08:15 |  #6

Aus.Morgo wrote in post #17678302 (external link)
Crazy indeed.

T shirt throwing distance is not what I would call a safe height nor a considerate height when flying above random people.

This!


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Aug 22, 2015 08:17 |  #7

IMO, flying low enough to be downed by a t-shirt is just irresponsible, especially with kids around.

The District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday declined to press charges against Lehecka in the incident, an office spokeswoman said Wednesday.

So arresting him looks like typical Left Coast over reaction.


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Aug 22, 2015 08:28 |  #8

PhotosGuy wrote in post #17678512 (external link)
So arresting him looks like typical Left Coast over reaction.

Oh my:eek:

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Aug 22, 2015 08:47 |  #9

windpig wrote in post #17678521 (external link)
Oh my:eek:

Thrown in jail for assault by t-shirt isn't an over reaction? For protecting kids from some unknown yahoo with a dangerous object?
"There should be a vertical zone of safety from devices that swoop in close enough to cause anxiety for one’s safety."
http://www.sandiegouni​ontribune.com ...medal-drown-downer-shirt/ (external link)

There are a lot of factors in play here, but in 1946 the Supreme Court ruled that property owners owned 83 feet of airspace above their homes. The air above 500' is public domain. There's some question who owns the space between.
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Aug 22, 2015 08:54 |  #10

It's the ones being flown in famous sites like Yosemite that get me, people have traveled the world and spend thousands to witness one of natures wonders, and some selfish **** put's his own selfish interests above everybody else' s and totally ruins their in all likelihood once in a lifetime trip, don't even get me started on the tool who crashed one into one of the most famous geysers. If it's close enough to be taken down with a T shirt, if it's that close filming kids without their parents permission, then isn't your duty to take it down in the interests of public safety??

I'm all for the protection of photographers rights in public spaces, a worldwide knee jerk reaction we're all having problems with, but would you stand 6' from a child blatantly filming them without their parents permission? Would you go to a beauty spot and force your way to the front whilst making a really loud intrusive and annoying noise? I think in the real world somebody would put you on your backside in both instances.......


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Aug 22, 2015 09:01 |  #11

If you read the entire article, the DA refused to press charges. I suppose there will be a civil case for damages.


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Aug 22, 2015 10:01 |  #12

joedlh wrote in post #17678553 (external link)
If you read the entire article, the DA refused to press charges. I suppose there will be a civil case for damages.

Good for the DA, but the guy had to spend 8 hours in jail while waiting for $10k bail.
Article says he was with 10 friends and the beach was packed. I would think some people caught the drone on their smartphone video.
Might be handy if this goes to civil court.


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Aug 22, 2015 14:17 |  #13

joedlh wrote in post #17678553 (external link)
If you read the entire article, the DA refused to press charges. I suppose there will be a civil case for damages.

Read the entire article?!? What kind of irresponsible advice is that?

Much more fun to jump to conclusions and talk about "Left Coast over reaction". :-P


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Aug 22, 2015 15:44 |  #14

PhotosGuy wrote in post #17678537 (external link)
Thrown in jail for assault by t-shirt isn't an over reaction?

I think for sure it's an over reaction. My point is that it's not just the left coast where people are being arrested for protecting themselves from drones. I live in Seattle, so I'm fully aware of how retarded it's gotten back here.;-)a


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Aug 23, 2015 06:36 |  #15

PhotosGuy wrote in post #17678537 (external link)
Thrown in jail for assault by t-shirt isn't an over reaction? For protecting kids from some unknown yahoo with a dangerous object?
"There should be a vertical zone of safety from devices that swoop in close enough to cause anxiety for one’s safety."
http://www.sandiegouni​ontribune.com ...medal-drown-downer-shirt/ (external link)

There are a lot of factors in play here, but in 1946 the Supreme Court ruled that property owners owned 83 feet of airspace above their homes. The air above 500' is public domain. There's some question who owns the space between.
--Mentalfloss.com 9/2015

If I read that, it sounds a lot like they wanted to accommodate different heights of houses without much of a discussion, e.g. single storey vs. 3 storey - and I would guess it works for 90% of all buildings or so. (As long as you exclude the skyscrapers - which can be higher than 152 metres.)


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