A man was awoken Friday morning to the annoying sound of a chopper hovering not far from his apartment in New York. Instead of burying his head under a pile of pillows, John Brophy did some detective work on Twitter, and discovered that ABC reporter Dan Rice was the one in the helicopter, and asked him politely if he could fly a bit higher. The cool thing is, "Chopper Dan" did, according to Gothamist on Aug. 17.
It seems Brophy went up to his roof and could see some fire engines on the local Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE to locals), which is what they were filming. So, he did a search on Twitter for "BQE".
That's when Brophy found that reporter Dan Rice had just tweeted a message about it before he posted a photo. Rice captioned his photo commenting, "Looking across the cockpit at the greatest city on a summer Friday!"
Brophy tweeted him back saying, "Lovely view! Any chance you could fly about 100ft higher? Right below you. Your chopper is rather noisy", adding a smiley face on the end for good measure.
Rice messaged back apologizing for the noise telling Brophy it should be getting quieter. Brophy thanked him. Another reader picked up on the conversation between the two and just had to ask if Rice was tweeting while flying the helicopter.
Rice assured him he's the reporter and cameraman, and he has a pilot to do all the flying - who also never tweets and flies.
Sometimes it does pay to be polite.