Danielle Hatherley Carroll was teaching an outdoor painting class at Battery Park in New York City. This is when by mistake she lost her wedding ring. A kind hearted city worker looked for Danielle’s ring in the entire garbage dump. The city worker was able to find the ring and he returned it back to her.
Danielle said “I am a painter who takes people on outdoor painting adventures around New York City.” Since the paint often gets on the hands, Danielle and her class would clean their hands with rugs and cleanser. And then after their class they would trash the rugs in a clear bag and throw the bag in trash can.
The paint cleanser is slippery and probably due to this cleanser Danielle’s ring slipped off and went in trash together with rugs. Danielle says “I was so busy that day and cleaning my hands constantly that I didn’t notice I had lost the ring.
Danielle wedding ring was in gold and studded with nine diamonds. Danielle realized at 3:30 a.m. next morning that she had lost the ring. Danielle said “I didn’t want my husband to get upset with me, so I was going to sneak out and find a officer to help me look. But he awoke and said, ‘You’re out of your mind. I’m coming along to help you.’”
Danielle and her husband Steve went to the Battery Park to search the trash can. However by then the trash can had been cleared out. Danielle was in tears she said “Sure enough, it had been emptied.” Steve then saw a city parks department truck that was near the Battery Park. Danielle said to Steve “I’ll bet you anything it’s in there.” Danielle and Steve went up to the truck but they didn’t find anyone there.
Danielle then left a note at the truck.
The note read “Hello I believe my wedding ring is in this truck. It is in a bag that was put in a trash bag in the park at the end of the day, Sunday. It is 5 am and I came down to the park to look for it and then saw this truck with trash in it. Please call me to tell me where this truck is going. I will come ASAP. Thank You. Danielle. Danielle left the note under the windshield wipers. After this Danielle and Steve went home. Next day city worker Gary Gaddist, 42 from Brooklyn, saw the note and he was touched by it. He said “I found this note and it was great, just so honest. So I called and she explained everything, about how she lost the ring, and how she couldn’t sleep after realizing it was gone.”
Gary knew that the truck had already been cleared out at the dump and public was not allowed to go there to search anything. He felt it would be a tedious task to look for ring in such a huge amount of trash. Gary said “I had to go to Randall’s Island, and when I got there I showed the guys the note. They said, ‘If you want to look for a needle in a haystack, go ahead.’” Gary searched through thousands of pounds of trash that was inside hundreds of bags from the previous day. He felt “It really was like looking for a needle in a haystack.”
After a long search, Gary found the garbage bag which had the clear bag and he was able to find Danielle’s ring. He said, “Luckily, it didn’t take me long to find the one with the clear plastic garbage bag inside. I took a shot and it was there.” Gary called Danielle and told her that he found the ring. Danielle was filled with emotions as she cried. She said “I was ecstatic, I started to cry. I hopped in a cab and raced down to meet him.” Danielle was filled with joy when she met Gary and got her ring back. When Gary was asked that why he went through such a huge task of finding the ring from a large dump he said, “It was a love thing. She sounded like a nice person, and I could tell she and her husband love each other.” “I am glad I could help.”