This week, when Cheryl Treadway and her children were held hostage in her home at knifepoint by her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson, rescue came from an unlikely source: the Pizza Hut app.
Nickerson had confiscated Treadway's cell phone when he took her hostage. But she successfully lobbied him to let her use it for a few minutes, so that she could order some pizza for the kids, who were scared and hungry.
While ordering pizza, Treadway bravely managed to sneak in a few extra messages to the delivery driver: "911 hostage help!"
The Pizza Hut restaurant called police, who were quickly dispatched to Treadway's home, where the distraction they caused allowed her and her children to escape out the back.