A needle in a haystack

February 15th, 2019

It was like looking for a needle in a haystack when a routine trip to her local household waste recycling centre turned into a nightmare for Laura Kijowski – that was until Site Operative Donald Smith came to the rescue.

When she was having a clear-out, Laura’s engagement ring inadvertently fell into one of the bags she and her husband Joe took to the HWRC at Ambleside.

It was only an hour later that a horrified Laura realised her ring was not on her finger and she immediately knew it had gone into one of the bags they had just left in a general waste skip.

Laura called to the site and spoke to Donald who calmed her by saying this sort of thing had happened before and that the staff would do their upmost to find the ring.

Laura and Joe returned to the site and began pointing out bags they thought has put in the skip.

The first couple of bags turned out to be someone else’s waste, but eventually Laura recognised the contents of a bag and after close inspection, Donald found the ring at the bottom.

Laura said: “It was just like looking for a needle in a haystack, but Donald’s attitude and perservance was amazing.

“Joe and I have been married for over 35 years and the ring holds great sentimental value, so get it back in this manner was amazing, and we are very grateful.”

Donald says: “This happens more times than you think, but generally it’s keys that people lose.

“I told Laura that even if we hadn’t found the ring at the site, the skip would go to Flusco and if necessary, all the waste would be emptied onto the ground so we could have another look.

“Thankfully, even though it was like looking for needle in the haystack, we were helped by the fact Laura and Joe had only recently been to the site, so that enabled us to pinpoint the likely area where their bags would be and we are delighted to have been able to find the ring.”

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