(Closed) If you found a diamond ring…WWYD?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 152
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BellaDee:  seriously. not to mention, it’s a big assumption that the ring wasn’t sized properly and fell off. There could be a million reasons the ring was on the ground, some of which might be at no fault to the owner. 

Post # 153
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

@christoffels:  Yes, exactly!  I couldn’t sleep at night if I took someone’s valuable property without notifying the police.  

Post # 154
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

@MrsPanda99:  Yes, it was my own fault I lost my rings, but it will be the taker’s own fault when what goes around, come around.  We are human.  Mistakes happen.  Taking someone’s sentimentals without trying to turn them is not a mistake.  Somewhere down the line, it will come back to them, guaranteed.  

Post # 156
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I didn’t read through the replies, but I’l. Share 2 experiences of my own. 

A few years ago, while walking through my apartment Complex with my dog I found a white gold ring setting on the sidewalk. It had clearly been stepped on, and the stone was missing (I looked around to see if it had come out when it was stepped on but found nothing). I posted a notice in the office with my email address asking for whomever had lost it, but no one called me back. I still have it, because even though no one claimed it (and I don’t know if it was an engagement ring or just a regular ring) I still feel bad that it was lost and wouldn’t want to sell it for my own personal gain. 

About a year ago a friend of mine said she found an engagement ring on the sink in the ladies room of the movie theater. She asked at the desk and no one had asked, and she was planning non selling it. I told her that I personally felt that was the wrong thing to do, because whomever had lost it might not have noticed it was missing yet and how sad it would be for the poor woman who lost her ring. In the end, she went back and left her info at the movie theater and posted on craigslist (she made anyone who called describe it to her so she knew it was the right person). As it happens, the owners daughter had worn it without permission anf had no idea where she left it. She was in tears to get it back. 

Post # 157
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Treejewel19:  I actually found a ring when I was in college. I was walking to my car and as I looked down there was a small grassy area I saw a ring there….. I was in shock to come across a ring just lying on the ground! Not sure how in the world I ever saw it really but I did. It was a ruby and diamond ring in a gold setting. Not even sure what it was valued at but I could tell it was a real! It also had 14K so I know it was real gold. I picked it up as I was leaving school for that day and didn’t know what to do with it. When I got home, I asked my mom what to do with it as I was unsure how to go about finding the right owner.

So after talking it over with my my mom, I went to the lost and found office the next day at school. I told them I found a ring but I didn’t want to give a description of it as I wanted the person to describe it to me that way I would know it was really theirs. I left them with my # and said if anyone comes looking for a ring to call me.  Later that afternoon I had a message from a girl who said she had lost her ring!!

I called her back and asked her to describe it and sure enough she described it exactly. It was a ruby center with 2 diamonds on each side and a gold setting….. The ring fit my finger so I knew about what size it was as well and asked her the size and she knew! So yipeeee…… I found the owner!

She had told me that she was running to her car after she left the gym and she had taken off all her jewelry to work out. She dropped her gym bag that apparently wasn’t zipped and thats how it fell out……I guess I was in the right place at the right time!!

So I met with her the next morning on campus and she was soooooo happy that she started crying. The ring was given to her by her grandmother that had recently passed away and she would have been devestated if she didn’t find it.

I felt like I had won the lotto that day being able to return her ring!

In my situation it worked out so I think your family mbr should leave her # with Walmart b/c I guarantee whoever lost it will re-trace their steps and come looking for it!

Post # 158
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Treejewel19:  I would absolutely do whatever I could to find the rightful owner. I could not imagine losing my ring and having some stranger find it and keep it. How cruel! My first step would be to leave my name and number with someone in Wal-Mart, I would then go to the closest Office Max and make flyers to put up around the area where the ring was lost in case the owner retraced their steps. Then I would go home and put ads up on Craigslist and wait. I would more than likely give it a few days before going to the police. If after 3-5 days I have received no response, I would then turn it in to the police. Keeping someone else’s item(s) is not an option for me.

I was once in a Walgreens parking lot and found a Fendi wallet laying on the ground. I opened it to find the owners identification and found a bunch of hundred dollar bills folded in there, plus 2 diamond rings. The ID showed that the wallet belonged to an elderly lady so my first thought was to walk back to the pharmacy and see if she was back there, I spoke to a pharmacist who advised that she had literally just left and called her while I stood there to let her know that her wallet was found. I waited for her to get back (just to make sure the money was safe and sound) and when she got there 5 minutes later, this lady hugged me harder than I have ever been hugged and Thanked me. She had just left the bank and the money was for her husbands pacemaker, which he needed to LIVE! The rings were to be pawned to come up with the last $500 that they needed. She even offered me $100 as a reward which, I of course declined.

After that experience, I would never assume that something that I find is up for grabs, you never know what kind of value it holds for the person who lost it! I have a heart.

Post # 159
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

@MrsRedPumps:  That’s such a nice story!

 

I found a wallet at McDonalds in WalMart once, I ran to customer service and told the girl working that I found this wallet, and could she page the name in case he was still in the store. She told me it was against their policy and she couldn’t page him! I was sooo angry, imagining this poor guy trying to buy gas or pay for a cart full of groceries. After that incident, I will not turn stuff into customer service desks, I’d try to find the person myself or get the item to the police, depending on what it was. 

 

Post # 160
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

@Heidibrooke:  

 

it said be honest, i was. Either way you’re getting waaay too sensitive over a hypothetical situation.

 

oh and I said I would take it but i didn’t mean I planned on keeping it, I assumed owner would post an ad at the very least and I’d contact them. I don’t see how that is calling someone out but ok.

Post # 161
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

@atreyu547:  you’re probably right.  I feel totally burned over the situation, especially with it being so recent.  I apologize.  I’m super sensitive about it.  

Post # 162
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

@Heidibrooke:  

sorry :-/ I wasn’t try to offend but that’s what I would do because I wouldn’t know what to do . I always assumed that if someone lost something they would post an ad or flyers that I would find and there id return it.

Post # 163
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

@atreyu547:  and that makes sense, and it’s something I never thought about doing.  Who knows, it could work. 🙂

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