Applaud Pizza Hut Employees for Helping Customer Held Hostage

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Target: Avon Park, Florida Pizza Hut Employees

Goal: Applaud Pizza Hut employees for calling 911 for a customer allegedly being held hostage by her boyfriend.

When employees at a Pizza Hut in Avon Park, Florida received an online order for a pizza that included a plea for help they called 911 for the customer.

The customer who left the note with her order via the Pizza Hut phone application was Cheryl Treadway, a 25-year-old mother of three. Treadway was allegedly being held hostage by her boyfriend, 26-year-old Ethan Nickerson. Treadway told the police she and Nickerson had been arguing all day. When she tried to leave he blocked her passage. He reportedly wielded a knife and took her phone away.

He went with her to pick up her children, ages 1, 5 and 6, from school and forced them to return home where he allegedly held all of them hostage. Treadway, a regular Pizza Hut customer, convinced Nickerson to allow her to order a pizza with her phone. He gave the clever mother of three her phone back long enough for her to order a pizza with a message in the comments section of her order telling the Pizza Hut employees that she was being held hostage and someone needed to call 911. When saw they message, instead of assuming it was a joke, they took it seriously and called the police.

When the police arrived Nickerson peacefully surrendered. He was charged with battery causing bodily harm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and obstruction of justice, and kidnapping, according to jail records.

If the Pizza Hut employees had not acted on Cheryl Treadway’s plea for help this situation could have ended very differently. One employee said she had never seen a message like that in the comments section of a pizza order in over 20 years of working for the fast food chain and never doubted it. We live in a world where a woman’s plea may not be taken seriously in person, let alone taken seriously in a pizza order. Applaud these employees for seeing something, saying something about it, and saving a family of four.


Dear Pizza Hut Employees,

When you received a pizza order that included a plea for help from one of your customers you took it seriously and acted on it by calling 911. It is great to know that a plea for help can still be taken seriously by strangers and that there is still humanity between customer service workers and their customers. We live in a world where a woman’s plea may not be taken seriously in person so for you to take it seriously in a pizza order I applaud you.

The customer in danger, Cheryl Treadway, is a mother of three. If you had not called 911, and in a timely manner, things with her boyfriend could have ended violently. Because you alerted the police a family of four is alive and safe and the alleged knife-wielding Ethan Nickerson is behind bars.

Thank you for for seeing something, saying something about it, and saving a family of four.


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