Curbside Current Events!!! {Man Searches for Engagement Ring in the Trash}

In case you were wondering, I don’t spend all of my time looking around for curbside finds, truthfully I barely spend any time doing it. 

I just happen to keep my eye out while on the road and pull over here and there!
I actually wrestle a family, husband, four kiddos, eat lots of Bon-Bons, and keep up with my current events.  This sweet story caught my attention: 

By Gilma Avalos
updated 11/11/2011 9:48:39 AM ET 2011-11-11T14:48:39

We’ve all accidentally thrown something valuable away in the trash, but what if that something was worth more than $10,000? Would you swim in a pile of waste to find it?
One husband was faced with that conundrum and he didn’t think twice.
“The worst move of my life, horrible,” is how Brian McGuinn says he felt when he realized he had thrown out his wife’s engagement ring.
McGuinn, from Margate, Fla., meant to throw out a disposable razor, and ended up chucking the ring with it. The one and a half carat diamond ring was valued at around $10,000, and worth its weight in sentimental value.
He and his wife Anna have been married five years, and are now expecting a child.
“I just started crying and I would stop crying, and remind myself that jewelry is replaceable,” says Anna.
By the time they realized what happened, Waste Management had already picked up the trash from their community. Devastated, Anna called Wheelabrator — the waste management company, and within an hour, McGuinn was suited up, ready to jump into more than eight tons of garbage.
Workers were able to identify the garbage from McGuinn’s collection route, they even leveled the 10-foot high pile so that he could search for the ring.

After sifting through sludge, gunk, food scraps, and anything else you’d find in a dumpster, he found his diamond in the rough.
“Once I found it, I actually let out a manly scream!,” says McGuinn, who describes the moment of finding his wife’s bling amongst the garbage as winning the lottery. He rushed home to return the ring to its rightful owner.
“It was covered in muck. He just slipped it right on my finger and promised to never touch it again,” joked Anna.
She says she’s so appreciative of her husband’s uniquely chivalrous move. McGuinn says he wouldn’t think twice to search through the garbage again.
“She’s the love of my life. That ring was meant for her and no one else,” he said. “She’s everything to me.”
By Gilma Avalos
updated 11/11/2011 9:48:39 AM ET 2011-11-11T14:48:39

That was a brave man!  I am sure MyLove would do the same for me, especially if diamonds were at stake!

See My Love in action HERE

Boy this couple was lucky!   Happy 11-11-11 everyone!


  1. Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic

    Hi Tami,
    Just stopping by to say thanks for your sweet comment on my curbfinds this week. I'll be working on the transformations this weekend. Hopefully I'll be able to share them next week.
    Did you know you're a "no-reply" address blogger? I couldn't answer your comment directly. Just thought maybe you didn't realize.
    I love your header on your blog, it's so fun!

  2. Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic

    Me again, I forgot to mention how sweet that trash diving husband story was! How fortunate for them that the trash people were so accomodating and that he actually found it! Needle in a haystack for sure. I've lost every stone out of every ring I've ever had. Never to be found again. I've finally convinced my hubby to invest in tools for me instead of jewelry!

  3. Holly_Palermo

    OMG I just had a flash back of Mom making me dig my retainer out of the trash at Sharpstown Mall!!! And it had to go back in my mouth! Ewwwwww! Oh, BTW, I love your pics on your header and welcome spots! You look so pretty hauling the trash bin. 🙂 can't believe it's your favorite color too. And lastly, CONGRATULATIONS on all your blogger awards! I've enjoyed all your posts.

  4. ~ Tami

    Rose-thank you 🙂
    Holly-miss you 🙁

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