The full moon effect: Chinese seniors attack drone bearing mooncake vouchers
In July, Uber tried to win customers in Singapore by using drones to deliver ice cream to its users. This week, a man in China tried to win the heart of his girlfriend by sending her a drone bearing gifts — but he was stifled by a group of women who attacked it and stole the goods, according to the Changjian Times.
The gifts the UAV carried were vouchers for mooncakes, a wildly popular delicacy served in Greater China during the mid-autumn festival, which takes place each year during September or early October.
During this time of year, the dense, sweet cakes are in incredibly high demand, with prices sky-rocketing and people lining up for hours for a taste of the pastry. For one young man from China however, the mid-autumn festival’s mooncakes may have been more trouble than they’re worth.
The unnamed Chinese man, who resides in the southern province of Guangzhou, attempted to impress his partner by using a drone to ferry coupons for the delicacy to her. However, according to the Changjian Times, his plan to earn major brownie (mooncake) points went awry when some of the vouchers dropped from the UAV to a group of nearby elder Chinese women.
Not only did the gang take the fallen vouchers for themselves, but one of them also used her fan to knock the drone, forcing it to crash and allowing them to take all of is contents.
When the man approached the women, they reportedly chastised him for endangering them by flying the device in their vicinity.
While the word “drone” has mainly military affiliations in the west, they’re often used for business, commercial and, in the above case, personal purposes throughout Asia. In China, UAVs are often used to help enforce pollution-control guidelines. Drones are also expected to be waiting tables at a restaurant in Singapore by the year’s end.