Don't you hate it when you lose your drone? Or even worse, find one in your yard and feel either super paranoid or responsible for returning it to its rightful owner? Or maybe a little of both? Considering how popular drones are these days, it's bound to happen sooner or later.
On Tuesday comedian Dan Harmon tweeted a plea for help in solving a mystery:
I found a drone in my yard after holidays. If you live in my hood and know where I am, leave me a note w/ info. I feel bad because it's a pricey looking drone and I'm scared a kid got it for xmas and their parents were like "you're gonna lose it" and i hate when parents are right— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) January 31, 2018
He also added:
Twitter user Amy Scarlata just happened to know Harmon lived in her Los Angeles neighborhood. When she saw his tweet, Scarlata stepped up and offered to help solve the mystery.
It turns out she'd seen a sign about a missing drone and started putting the pieces of the puzzle together:
I saw a lost drone sign at Griffith...wonder if it's that one.— Amy Scarlata (@AmyScarlata) January 31, 2018
I don’t! But if I see it again I will send it over — it was recent 🤙— Amy Scarlata (@AmyScarlata) January 31, 2018
thank you! It would be oddly satisfying to return an errant drone— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) January 31, 2018
Twitter agreed about the satisfaction of finding the owner:
Can you please provide an outcome and tag me so I don't miss the final episode. I MUST KNOW! ;)— Karri (@KarriTweets) January 31, 2018
They also had a little fun with the scenario while waiting for news:
Check the memory card to find weeks' worth of footage watching you shower every night.— WJHolly (@wjhollyart) January 31, 2018
Maybe it fell out of its nest? Did another drone peck at your head when you went near the original one?— Barry Parkinson (@barryfromgnsd) January 31, 2018
These seem like legit concerns, to be honest:
So, your 1st instinct after finding a drone in your yard was "huh, some poor kid!" and not "who is the freak fan that's been trying to invade my privacy!?"— Peter Coene (@Coene_Arts) January 31, 2018
Maybe it was an advance scout, checking on your house before the full force arrives.— Aaron Mahnke (@amahnke) January 31, 2018
You know…a drone ranger.
How to meet Dan Harmon in person:— CoffeeNTrees (@CoffeeNTrees) January 31, 2018
1. Buy a Drone
2. Suck at it
While people fretted on Twitter, Scarlata got down to business. The amateur sleuth turned to community message board Nextdoor.com and began scrolling through the posts. And sure enough — she found a message about a lost drone in the area.
Scarlatta contacted the person about Harmon's tweet and the rest is history:
Hey Dan!!!! I think you may have my drone! I can DM you my street and give you more details! Someone just contacted me about your tweet!— kingkort (@KingKort) January 31, 2018
It was the correct drone and the rightful owner, but the story couldn't end there:
And the owner was...
I guessed right: Conor's a sweet kid that got a drone for Xmas from his folks, crashed it in my yard and hadn't told them. Thanks to you folks, he never has to. Please keep this story adorable by forgetting that he's 24 and was flying it drunk on New Year's. He's very remorseful pic.twitter.com/hOxES5XO3x— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) February 1, 2018