Bullet-Stopping Smartphone Saves Petrol Station Worker Held at Gunpoint

By Ashley Feinberg on at

In what's some fantastic news for both HTC and anyone who keeps their smartphone in their shirt pocket, a Florida petrol station attendant's life was saved when his dearly departed smartphone became a martyr during a recent holdup.

Yesterday morning at 4:45AM in an Orlando suburb, a man entered a service station, showed the station assistant his revolver, and demanded he open the safe. When the worker was unable to do so, the robber instructed a second assistant to make an (also unsuccessful) attempt. Deciding to flee in the wake of his failure, the suspect fired a round "at one of the clerks" on his way out the door.

The attendant, who surely thought he was still in shock, didn't even realise the phone had intercepted the bullet until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket. Chances are, few have ever been quite as happy as this man was to see a smartphone screen shattered beyond repair. [AP via Digg]

Bullet-Stopping Cellphone Saves Gas Station Clerk Held at Gunpoint

Bullet-Stopping Cellphone Saves Gas Station Clerk Held at Gunpoint