Pizza Hut Saves Lives, Helped Stop a Hostage Situation

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Pizza Hut Saves Lives; Helped Stop a Hostage Situation

Before you all call me a New York Pizza elitist snob, allow me to tell you the story about how one of America’s leading pizza chains, Pizza Hut, saved some lives yesterday, and deserves not only your respect, but your business.

Cheryl Treadway, a Florida woman who was being held hostage by Ethan Nickerson, the father of her children, was able to get a message to the police by placing an order with Pizza Hut and adding the note “911 Hostage Help!” on the order. The manager of the Avon Park, FL location, Candy Hamilton, noticed something was amiss on the order.

Per WSTP, CBS Tampa Bay/Sarasota:

“It said ‘Please help! Get 911 to me.’ And she placed a pizza order and then down here it said, ‘911 hostage help,” said Hamilton. “We immediately called 911.”

The police arrived at the home to find Treadway and one of her children outside the home, while two of the other children were inside with Nickerson, who was high on narcotics and brandishing a knife. Twenty minutes later, hostage negotiators were able to arrest Nickerson without incident on charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice.

No word on the part of the story that I’m most interested in, which is if the family ended up receiving their large, pepperoni pizza with garlic buttery blend crust. I’m personally hoping Pizza Hut rolled up with the cops and after they arrested the guy, they decided to alleviate some of the family’s pain and suffering with a shitload of pizzas, some cheesy breadsticks, and some breaded bone-out wings. Don’t worry about the 50 cents per dipping sauce charge, that’s on the house this time.

Either way, props to Pizza Hut for doing some good, and reminding us all that pizza saves lives.

[via WSTP, CBS Tampa Bay/Sarasota]

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