Husband accidentally throws away wife’s $400,000 wedding ring
The 51-year-old Missouri man felt the relief of his life on Monday when a heroic sanitation worker found the 12.5-carat wedding ring he’d accidentally thrown in the trash.
Yes. The trash.
Squitieri told ABC News that his wife, Carla, had left the ring, worth a whopping $400,000, on a paper towel on the kitchen counter.
When Squitieri heard the morning garbage truck arrive, he quickly snatched up the paper towel, threw it in the trash, then took the trash out to the truck just in time for pickup.
Unfortunately, he forgot to check the paper towel for $400,000 rings.
From there, the Squitieris found themselves in a race against time. The ring was on its way to a landfill — and if it ended up there, chances of recovery were slim.
Squitieri convinced sanitation workers at Meridian Waste Services to let them dig through around 10 tons of garbage in a makeshift search effort. After 25 minutes, operations manager Joe Evans emerged with the ring.
“10 times out of 10, we don’t find something like that,” Evans told ABC News. “It was the best feeling in the world to find that ring and give it back.”