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Mom Uses Pizza Hut App to Save Her Family from Hostage Situation

The Short of It

I can only imagine how shocked a Pizza Hut employee was when she saw an order come in through the company's app with the comments: "Please help. Get 911 to me," and "911hostage help!"

The Lowdown

After an argument, Florida mom Cheryl Treadway allegedly was held by knifepoint in her home by her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson. Her three young children were with them, and Ethan didn't allow Cheryl to use her phone.

But after being held hostage for the better part of the day, she was able to convince him to let her order a pizza for the kids, who were hungry. She used the Pizza Hut app to order the pizza and asked for help in the comments.

"I've been with the company for 28 years, and I've never seen nothing like that ever," Pizza Hut Manager Candy Hamilton told ABC News. "We didn't even question it, we immediately called 911."


ABC News

The Upshot

Thankfully, when police arrived, Cheryl was able to get out of the house with one of the kids. Then, police negotiated with Ethan to come out peacefully. He's now being held on a $45,000 bond and faces charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, battery, kidnapping and obstruction of justice.

It's such a relief to know that the family is safe thanks to this mom's smart thinking and the Pizza Hut employees' fast reaction.

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