pizza hut hostage rescue

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I know I said that Girl Scout cookies can/may/will save your life if hoarded in massive amounts recently, but it looks like Pizza Hut has officially stolen the crown of ultimate hero in the food biz.

Recently, Florida mother Cheryl Treadway and her three children were being held hostage by her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson in Avon Park, Florida. Despite being held at gunpoint at virtually all times, Treadway was able to convince Nickerson to let her use her cell phone to order pizza from Pizza Hut using their app.

In the comments section of her order, Treadway wrote: “Please help. Get 911 to me.” Because the app already had her phone number, name and address on file, the transaction was quick, meaning that despite Nickerson’s attempts to take away the cell phone as quickly as possible, the message was sent through and received anyways.

Of course, because this seems like either a sick prank or a scene out of a horror movie, the local Pizza Hut manager, Candy Hamilton, was shocked, saying:

“I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.”

Luckily, Hamilton called the authorities right away. Thanks to this smart move, authorities were on the scene shortly thereafter, releasing Treadway and her kids while placing Nickerson under arrest.

Phew! We’re glad this was a happy ending for the family. While Eater reported that technology saves lives (and we’re sure it does), we would like to give snaps and claps to real heroes, Pizza Hut and Candy Hamilton on this one.

Who do you think is the real hero in this Pizza Hut hostage rescue debacle?


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