Gas Station Clerk’s Phone Saves Him From Would-Be Robber’s Bullet

The proof is in the pudding. Or the phone. Mmm, pudding.

The proof is in the pudding. Or the phone. Mmm, pudding (Winter Garden Police Dept).

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard a friend complain about a phone with a shattered screen, I’d be the known as That Girl With Lots Of Nickels. But perhaps just this one time a phone owner is likely grateful to his broken phone for doing him a tiny favor and stopping a bullet.

Police in Winter Garden, Fla. tell the Associated Press that the whole thing went down in the wee hours of Monday morning, when a man walked into a gas station and asked the clerk for help.

But instead of needing assistance, cops say the man showed the worker a gun and told him to open the safe. The clerk couldn’t it open, and neither could a second worker who also tried to acquiesce to the robber’s demands.

Ostensibly angry at being foiled, police say the suspect fired a shot at one of the clerks before fleeing — but the bullet hit the worker’s cellphone instead of going into his body.

Shattered screen or shot up body? Not a tough choice.

*This story originally incorrectly identified the phone as an iPhone. Possibly because MBQ is just used to seeing her friends’ iPhones with shattered screens, which always prompts a lecture of “Fix your dang phone, it’s terrifying.”

Police: Clerk’s cellphone stops robber’s bullet [Associated Press]

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  1. gearkitty says:

    So then this phone would NOT be eligable for upgrade under Sprint’s “One Up” program. Hope they had insurance or better yet: Sprint, give the guy a freebie!

  2. jdgr says:

    Exactly, gearkitty! This is one of those times that you think the reason (“I was shot and the phone saved my life!”) would be good enough for a large company to go a little out of its way to help a customer. And it’s not water damaged, either!