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Aussie man faces huge fine for using drone to transport hot dog

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Australian authorities are investigating a video where a man is seen using a drone to transport a hot dog from open car park space in Melbourne to a residential home, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The video, which has now been removed from YouTube and Facebook, was recorded at a barbecue stand in a Bunnings outlet in Sunbury and sadly not to the amusement of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Casa).

Casa spokesperson Peter Gibson told Xinhua today that the agency was made aware of the video last Thursday and has since launched an investigation.

"I don't know when the recording was done but yes, we do know who the person is," Gibson said.

"We haven't spoken to him (yet)," he added.

Gibson said the whole stunt may have booked the man a fine of up to A$9,000 (RM29,286).

"The flight (drone) in a car park can pose a risk," Gibson said.

He said people with drones should really understand the rules before "flying them around" as using it within a 30 metres range of people and in a populous area was against the laws.

"It's really simple rules, just follow those rules all times and respect the safety of other people and property... just be sensible when you fly the drone," Gibson said.

"Flying the drone at a shopping centre car park is just not a sensible thing to do."

Gibson added that investigations on the incident which would not involve the police would be wrapped up by next week.

"In serious cases we would seek a prosecution and take the matter to court but in this case we haven't made a decision... but I suspect it's unlikely," he said.

A Bunnings spokesperson told Xinhua they would not comment on the matter.

- Bernama

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