HR Strange But True!
July 25, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring, but sometimes it can get downright strange...

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Hiker Leonardo Diaz found out at the most inopportune moment that the prepaid minutes on his cell phone had run out: He was hiking in the Andes mountains, a blizzard had just begun, and he needed help.

He slowly began freezing to death, surviving for the next 24 hours with only the warmth of some carefully measured dozes of brandy. Then his phone rang. It was Bell South operator Maria del Pilar Basto, asking if he would like to buy more time.

"We called him to remind him that his cell phone was out of minutes. He said it was the work of an angel, because he was lost" in the Andes, Basto recalled later. "We thought it was a joke, but he insisted, and it was true."

As Reuters describes it, Basto made calls to have help sent to Diaz. During the wait, she and other operators kept ringing him to keep him awake and help ward off hypothermia. Rescue teams arrived seven hours later.

Source: Reuters, via Yahoo!

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