When Marie Collins bought her husband a quadcopter for his 40th birthday, she thought the gift was going to bring the little boy out of her stressed man. Ted Collins was having issues with work – an unrelenting boss, unsympathetic coworkers, long hours, not enough pay, and no real chance of promotion. Ted was spiralling down into a depressive funk. Marie had seen drones in an advertisement, and she thought that it could be something that would snap Ted out of it, giving him a different “perspective” of sorts.
For weeks after the unmemorable birthday, the quadcopter was still sealed in its box. After much constant urging from Marie, Ted finally took his gift out of its packaging and attempted to fly the vehicle. Marie tried to suppress her giddiness and headed inside so he could have some alone-time with his new toy. Hours later, Marie had difficulty getting Ted in the house for dinner. It was only when the dark made visibility difficult that Ted gave up on his first drone-flying lesson. It was love at first flight.
Fast-forward a few days. Ted was rising up at the crack of down to practice flying his quadcopter. He got a kick out of chasing birds and squirrels and spooking his neighbours by flying up close behind them. It was evident that Marie had, in fact, brought out the little boy in Ted because when he was flying his drone, he was grinning from ear to ear and giggling quite a bit to himself. But did it bring too much little boy out of Ted?
Ted was becoming obsessed with his drone. He began to forego on his hygiene – combing his hair, brushing his teeth, bathing, shaving his beard – to spend more time with his drone. He did not care about going into work on time. He did not care to eat. He did not care to spend time with his wife. Ted might have been happier, but he was spiralling down a different, but just as dangerous path. You some of the best quadcopters can be quite addictive toys, as in Ted's case.
With his tardiness and inappropriate appearance at work, it was only a short matter of time that he would lose his job. Marie tried desperately to snap Ted out of his drone obsession, but he seemed to have difficulty absorbing her words. Finally, Mrs. Collins enlisted the help of family and friends to stage an intervention. Marie hoped that the intervention would set Ted straight. If this didn’t work, the Collins were headed for divorce.
To lure Ted inside for the intervention, another family member flew his drone into the Collins’ home. Curious about the intruding drone, Ted flew his quadcopter inside as well. As Mr. Collins stepped inside to track his drone, a close friend quickly shut and locked the door. Inside, Ted was greeted by 20 of his closest family and friends. Knowing that he was trapped, Ted landed his drone and took a seat. He bowed his head and crouched forward for the verbal onslaught he knew was about to happen.
One by one, Ted’s family and friends detailed their observations of his behavioral changes and their concerns. One by one, they pleaded with him to give up his quadcopter and get some help. When it came to Marie’s turn, she wept as she described the husband that she lost and the loneliness she felt. With one deep sigh, she ended her speech with an ultimatum. Ted was going to have to choose between her or the drone. Not both.
Ted looked up at Marie with piercing eyes. Without any hesitation, he said clearly, “I choose the drone.” With that he swiftly got up, grabbed his quadcopter, walked out the door, and never looked back.
The next day, Marie filed for divorce. When her lawyer asked her the reason for her decision, she replied, ”He left me for a drone.”