Julien Gramigna was flying high this Christmas season, until he got slapped with a $1,000 fine for flying a drone.
“I’m definitely not paying this,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. I didn’t even get a warning.”
Gramigna, a photographer, received the fine from Transport Canada while using the drone to take photos of a house for a real estate agent last summer.
Thierry Lopez, a spokesperson for the Future Shop chain of stores, where drones are currently a hot seller due to falling prices and increasingly accessible technology, found the fine surprising.
“You’re the first to tell me about a fine,” he said. “If it becomes a problem, we’ll definitely inform our customers.”