A Canadian man tied himself to more than 100 balloons and floated away in a risky business stunt, and now a court is making him pay the price for his “unconscionably stupid” flight.
In 2015, Daniel Boria, 27, tied himself to 120 balloons while strapped to a lawn chair as part of a publicity stunt meant to promote his home-cleaning business. Boria floated more than 2 miles over Calgary, a city with a population greater than 1 million, before coming to a safe landing.
On March 20, Boria’s sentence was finally handed down after more than a year of litigation. Alberta Judge Bruce Fraser held nothing back in his assessment of Boria’s life-threatening flight.
“There was nothing fantastic, fun or exhilarating about it,” Fraser said, according to a report by UPI. “There is no precedent for so foolish an escapade.”
Fraser also called the decision to fly over busy Calgary “dumb and dangerous” and “unconscionably stupid.”
Boria flew his balloon chair over a stadium in Calgary, interfering with commercial aircraft. The entire ride lasted about 20 minutes.
Fraser fined Boria nearly $20,000, but Fraser allowed Boria to donate $15,000 of the fine to charity.
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CBC News reports Boria appeared completely unapologetic outside of the courthouse.
“Why climb the highest mountain?” said Boria, who calls himself “balloon chair man,” to CBC News. “Why 85 years ago fly the Atlantic? Why do the Oilers play the Flames? I chose to fly a chair; not because it is easy but because it is hard. Because that goal served to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills."
“It’s pretty hard to take it seriously when you guys are asking me these questions based on me flying a lawn chair,” Boria told reporters at the courthouse.