Brian McGuinn was willing to go anywhere and do anything to recover his wife's engagement ring which he mistakenly threw out in the trash. Anything including combing through more than 9 tons of waste:
The Florida man had accidentally trashed the $10,000 engagement ring when his wife was in the shower and had asked him to put it away so it would not get lost down the drain. Already having his hands full, McGuinn accidentally threw out the ring with an old razor.
"It was so thoughtless," McGuinn told the Sun-Sentinel.
The St. Augustine News writes that McGuinn's wife Anna could not stop crying when her husband told her the next morning after he realized that he had accidentally thrown away the ring. After following the garbage from trash bin to dumpster to truck, McGuinn ventured to the next destination where he hoped he may find the lost ring: the county dump.
McGuinn suited up in a protective vest, goggles and suit, and then sifted through the county landfill for more than 30 minutes in search of the ring.
"Nastiness you wouldn't believe," McGuinn told the Sun-Sentinel. "It was absolutely disgusting. It stunk beyond belief. The smell was God-awful. Everything unsanitary you could think of crossed my path at least a couple times. I took an extraordinarily long shower and toothbrushes were used."
However after all that nastiness, McGuinn spotted a tiny glimmer of hope surrounded by black sludge wedged between two brown bags. The $10,000 engagement ring was found!
McGuinn told the Sun-Sentinel that the moral of the story is perseverance; "A lot of people don't find things; it's gone. But I knew I had to try."
The McGuinns have been married five years, and Anna is five months pregnant with the couple's first child.