A long-lost wedding ring has been returned to its rightful owner after it was found at a restaurant undergoing renovations during the coronavirus lockdown.
Three years ago, a New York man was enjoying a meal with his wife at a South Florida restaurant when his wedding ring slipped off his finger and through the wooden floorboards – apparently lost forever.
Since the coronavirus pandemic, Coconuts restaurant has only been serving takeaways, so manager Ryan Krivoy decided to replace the wooden patio deck.
When the decking was pulled up, he discovered a variety of miscellaneous treasures, including a gold coin and $100 (£80) bills.
He also spotted a silver wedding ring glistening through the piles of mud, engraved with the words “Mike & Lisa 08-21-15”.
The restaurant’s marketing manager Sasha Formica decided to post a picture of the ring on Facebook, initially thinking it would not get a response.
However it was shared around 5,000 times before making its way to Mike and Lisa.
Three days after the Facebook post, the wife called to claim the ring, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“She called and said, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but I’m Lisa,'” Ms Formica said.
Lisa even sent the restaurant pictures of her and her husband dining at the restaurant in 2017 as proof, explaining the ring had slipped off his greasy fingers and rolled between the wooden floorboards.
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Mr Krivoy said: “We were cleaning up the debris down there and we noticed a bit of a sparkle, and we picked up a ring.
“Once we washed it off, we realised there was an engraving on the inside.”
The restaurant posted the ring back to the couple.
Mr Krivoy took the £100 bills and a rare coin from 1855 – that may be worth as much as $2,000 (£1,622) – for the tip jar to share with the staff.