And for your "people can be good" story of the day, we direct your attention to the Long Island Railroad where one lucky rider was saved from serious heartache when two MTA workers went above and beyond to help her retrieve her two-carat, sapphire and diamond engagement ring earlier this week.
Brooke Bene got the ring from her fiance in April. On Tuesday morning while riding into the city for her job on Wall Street, however, she took it off. "I removed the ring and placed it on my lap to apply hand lotion while on the LIRR train," she recalled. "When I stood up to leave the train, it must have fallen without me realizing. It wasn’t until I grasped the hand bar on the No. 2 train out of Atlantic Terminal and didn’t hear the metal of the ring touching the bar that I noticed it was missing - and that’s when the panic set in."
The minute she got to her office Bene called the LIRR to report the loss, and that's when things got sweet. Take it away, MTA:
LIRR’s Deana Teemer jumped into action and called the LIRR’s operation center to find out where Ms. Bene’s LIRR train was next headed - which turned out to be the Hempstead Branch. She requested the operations center to contact the crew of the train via radio and also called the Hempstead Station ticket office for the train to be searched.
Following a regular routine, Ms. Bene sat in the same seat in the same car each day - this aided in the hunt for the ring.
LIRR conductor Tim Parrett found the ring in the space between the seat cushion and the seat back, after pulling the seat cushion away. He radioed word to the operations center that the ring was found and brought the ring to the Penn Station Customer Service office.
Bene quickly rushed up to Penn Station to get the ring—and finally called her fiance to tell him what had happened. Meanwhile she is very, very grateful to Deana Teemer, a 13-year veteran of the LIRR, and Tim Parrett, a 15-year-vet. Your move, Con Ed.
So, the lessons to be learned from this for the rest of us? Having a regular seat on the train is a good thing! And, my god, if you must take off your expensive jewelry put it someplace safe—not your lap!