While you don’t associate Hot Pockets with being lifesavers -- maybe just hunger savers for like 45 minutes -- an Ohio man said his need for the college-favorite microwave meal may have saved him from a deadly plane crash.
Jason Bartley told the Akron Beacon Journal that he was out running errands on Tuesday, when a quick stop for Hot Pockets delayed his return to his apartment building in Akron, OH. His building was subsequently destroyed in a fiery explosion when a private business jet crashed right into it, killing all nine people on board.
Bartley, a 38-year-old factory worker, was at home in the building just 39 minutes before the crash, but decided to go to the bank before it closed and run some other errands. After picking up a pizza Hot Pocket and a breakfast Hot Pocket at Dollar General, he returned to his neighborhood to find his building destroyed in the inferno. Initially, he thought, "Oh, my God. What did I do?” but a bystander near the scene explained it had been caused by a plane crash, according to the report.
Nobody was inside the building at the time of the crash. Bartley, who moved into the apartment in July, lost nearly everything he owned, but said he was grateful to be alive. And he still had Hot Pockets, so that's something. A friend created a GoFundMe page to help raise money to offset his financial and material losses.
“Anything could have went differently and I would have been -- nobody’s going to survive once it hit,” he told the paper. “I would have never known what happened.”
Lesson: the next time you're craving Hot Pockets, just go buy Hot Pockets. Your life depends on it.
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