HTC EVO 3D Saves Mans Life From a Bullet; HTC Replaces it With Brand New HTC One

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    HTC EVO 3D Saves Mans Life From a Bullet; HTC Replaces it With Brand New HTC One


    Frequently many of us call our smartphones life savers, but for one Florida man, this was more literal than most of us would expect. According to this CNN report, an unnamed Florida gas station clerk was robbed at gunpoint. When he and his coworker couldn't open the safe, the assailant fled but not before discharging his weapon at the clerk. Luckily, the clerk had his HTC EVO 3D in his chest pocket, and it actually stopped the bullet which nearly ended his life. Here's a quote with a more detailed description,

    The shooting happened after a man entered the store at the Hess gas station in Winter Garden, Florida, early Friday and asked a clerk to help him find a particular beverage.

    The man then pulled out a revolver and demanded that the clerk open the safe, CNN affiliate WESH reported, but the clerk was unable to get the safe door open.

    Another clerk then entered the store and was also ordered to open the safe.

    After both the store workers' efforts to open it failed, the man fired a single gunshot as he left the store, WESH reported, citing police.

    Emergency services workers were called to the store, and as they were interviewing one of the clerks, he complained of chest pains.

    "So they started looking at the clerk. That's when they realized that the guy had actually shot at him, hit him, struck his cell phone, and the cell phone had stopped his bullet," Winter Garden Police Lt. Scott Allen said.

    The chest pains were caused by the impact of the bullet on the cell phone, which was in the clerk's chest pocket, according to WESH.

    He didn't suffer any other injuries and was quickly released after being checked at a hospital, the TV station said. ~ CNN
    As amazing as this story is, that's not where it ends. Since the event, HTC decided to step up and replace the man's now destroyed EVO 3D with a brand new HTC One and several included accessories. Is this a shameless grab at some cheap publicity? Probably, but we can't fault them at all, and it certainly made the store clerk's day. At least HTC really has abandoned their old "Quietly Brilliant" PR strategy.

    Source: Twitter - HTC

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    Even with the publicity, I applaud HTC in their act of kindness. Just yesterday, it was publicized that a sheriff's deputy was saved by her phone's charging cord in a similar event. Don't think the manufacturer has taken advantage of that opportunity for publicity yet.

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