#113 - Who Will Buy This Crap

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2022 at 9:40 am by LaLonde Jewelers

There was a story that I remember about a very wealthy client who got upset with her husband and took off her ring, threw it into the toilet, and flushed it down. Well, when they made an insurance claim, the company decided to spend the money to dig up the yard and fish through the sewage pipes and found the ring. It turned out it was cheaper to replace the pipes, the lawn and shrubs rather than pay off the ring.

After I thought about it and wondered why someone would throw something like this in the toilet, I figured that their thought was that this is as personal as it gets, and it would hurt their spouse as best as they could.

Now I remember a situation back in Hawaii about a friend of mine who worked for a plumbing company called Roto Rooter. He called me one day and explained how he was cleaning a sewage back up at the Hawaiian Hilton Hotel and found some watches and rings in the sewage system, and one was a Gold Rolex. I thought, “I can’t believe this #^it!” He was so excited that I had to go check it out. I did see the watches but didn’t want anything to do with them. I told him that he could always get the gold value because it was unlikely that the watch would run again.

This made me think, how can someone lose their watch in the toilet? As I thought about it, I realized that it wasn’t a mistake. I think someone got upset and threw it in and flushed it down.

Now these hotels in Hawaii can be huge, like 1,500 to 3,000 rooms. That’s a lot of people staying in these places, I mean millions of guests each year. You can’t tell me that all these people get along like peaches and cream.

So now when someone comes into my store to sell me their wedding ring and tell me that their marriage is in the toilet, I should probably put on a pair of surgical gloves before I handle their ring.

Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
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