Student Gets Help On Facebook During Armed Robbery

When 20-year-old Nitesh Bhakta wrote “HELP, ROBBERS, NO PHONE.” as her Facebook status, many of his 700 friends thought he was joking.

Thankfully, Nitesh’s best friend took it seriously and alerted the police in Bartow County, Georgia. The action prevented the robbers that were keeping his grandmother and younger sister hostage to complete the robbery. As soon as they heard the sirens, they ran off. The officers were able to catch one of the alleged robbers, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

It all happened last Wednesday night, when University of Georgia sophomore Nitesh was in his room at home. He heard his grandmother scream, and as soon as he opened the door, he saw three masked guys with guns. He quickly locked the door and went to the attic to hide, not before taking his own essential weapon: his laptop.

From there, he was smart enough to think that posting something about it on Facebook might get him help. “I don’t think [Facebook] is really meant as a lifesaving tool, but it’s the only way I could think of contacting someone immediately to call for help,” he told AJC.

Nitesha’s Facebook plea for help in the middle of a hostage situation seems to be yet another creative and useful way to put the value of the social network to the test.

What’s the most creative way you’ve used Facebook?

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