Could Drones Deliver Your Holiday Gifts?
Is the future of shopping online home delivery by drone?
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the online retail giant's experimental drone delivery system on 60 Minutes, bringing a big buzz to Cyber Monday.
Drone deliveries via Amazon Prime Air are still five years away. Bezos says the biggest obstacle is safety, he said, “This thing cannot land on somebody's head!”
What he's talking about are drones in the hands of amateurs falling out the sky at an alarming rate.
One guy lost control and crashed his drone into a building. A drone was videotaping a running of the bulls event in Virginia when it suddenly plummeted into the stands and hit someone. A photographer used a drone to shoot a wedding video and lost control.
Bezos says he won't launch drone deliveries until they’re 100% safe. He said, "It will work and it will happen. It is going to be a lot of fun."
One hundred thirty one million people are shopping online this Cyber Monday, spending $2 billion just on that day alone. Some websites are offering up to 50% off.
INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd spoke to CNBC retail reporter Courtney Reagan. She said, "If you are a consumer you want to make sure you are place an order with a website that you trust. A retailer that you know to make sure you protect the information you are inputting in order to get that order. Everything from your credit card information to your address."
Cyber Monday is becoming more popular because of violent scenes that marred Black Friday. A woman was hauled to the ground by police and handcuffed for fighting over a TV on sale at Walmart. A fight erupted between two women at a Philadelphia mall and someone pulled out a stun gun.
Crowd safety expert Paul Wertheimer says some black Friday sales lead to this type of mayhem. “It’s called "crowd craze", where people are drawn to products of perceived value. What makes it's really dangerous is when there are only a limited number of items and we have to compete to get them. It brings out the worst in people.”
There was something falling from the sky at the Mall of America—money!
Twenty-nine-year-old Serge Vorobyov tossed 1,000 $1 bills from an upper floor causing chaos among the Black Friday shoppers below. Police cited him for disorderly conduct. He was banned from the mall for a year.
He posted his explanation on YouTube: “I just thought I’d spread some cheer, pay it forward type of thing, make it snow money.”