Brian McGuinn of Margate, Florida was holding a razor he was about to throw out when his wife handed him her $10,000 ring as she stepped into the shower.
But what happened next was the stuff of nightmares for the five-month-pregnant Anna: Brian threw the custom-made wedding ring in the garbage along with the razor!
But it wasn't until the next morning, after the company that handles the waste removal for their condo had already collected all the waste and taken it to the dump, that Brian and Anna realized what had happened. Despite her tears, a shaken Anna called the waste management company who told her that she and Brian were welcome to come search through the trash to try and find the ring. Brian, horrified by what he'd thoughtlessly done, didn't hesitate to take the company up on the offer even though they cautioned him that People coming to the county dump looking for items they accidentally tossed usually go home empty-handed.
Wheelabrator North Broward of Florida outfitted Brian in protective gear and goggles and kindly levelled off a three-metre pile for him to dig through. It was horribly unpleasant work, "nasty" in Brian's words:
It was absolutely disgusting. It stunk beyond belief. The smell was God-awful. Everything unsanitary you could think of crossed my path at least a couple times. I took an extraordinarily long shower and toothbrushes were used.
But his persistence paid off. After only 30 minutes he spotted the beautiful ring stuck in black sludge and nestled between two brown garbage bags. An overjoyed Brian let out a whopping yelp that startled the waste company's crew working nearby but no-one minded. He'd persevered and found his wife's diamond in the roughage!