Bernie and Carla Squitieri have two very valuable rings back, against almost incomprehensible odds.
Carla took off the rings while washing dishes at their St. Louis County home on March 13 and put them on a paper towel to dry. Bernie later tossed the paper towel in the trash, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The couple realized the mistake Monday and ran to the trash can — only to realize that the garbage truck had already collected.
The rings, valued at nearly $500,000, were gone. By the time they reached Meridian Waste Service, the haulers had collected from hundreds of other homes.
Yet somehow, digging through tons of trash at a disposal site, Meridian operations manager Joe Evans found the rings.
The Associated Press