RING FINDERS ARE METAL DETECTOR ENTHUSIASTS WHO WILL HELP YOU FIND YOUR LOST, PRECIOUS ITEMS
So this is the kind of thing that actually warms my heart a little bit. If I had the spare time, the equipment and a beach nearby I’d like to think I’d donate my time and effort to help people find their lost precious items. They call themselves the Ring Finders, for obvious reasons. We’ve all heard the sad stories of people who have lost their wedding or engagement rings while visiting a beach. I even remember a recent one where someone lost theirs in the middle of the proposal! And those metal detector enthusiasts the world over have come together to help recover rings and so much else.
FOR A MODEST FEE, RING FINDERS WILL HELP YOU FIND THAT ENGAGEMENT RING OR OMEGA WATCH
So ok, they’re maybe not “donating” their time. There is a fee. But there are a lot of them and their success rate is frankly shockingly good. There are roughly 400 members in the Ring Finders group (or service) around the globe. And, to be fair, the fee they ask for is fairly modest. They want to be out there with their metal detectors regardless. So far, their website says they’ve recovered about 8,500 items, with a total value of about $10 million. Their representative in San Francisco, Marshall Smith, says his success rate is 85-95%! It mostly depends on where and when you lost your precious.
AS GOOD SAMARITANS GO, RING FINDERS ARE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN A SORDID TIME
Marshall in particular loves what he does. Whenever he finds a lost item, he takes a picture of it with their happy owner and posts it to his blog, his “bag of smiles.” And for Marshall, being a Ring Finder isn’t about that fee, which is only about $25-30. As you might imagine, that’s maybe gas money and a coffee, not at Starbucks. So maybe it is about donating their time! Regardless, hearing about Ring Finders restores a tiny modicum of my faith in humanity. Hopefully, they never get a call from Sauron to find the one to rule them all.