In a particularly volatile episode of the early aughts Canadian television sensation Degrassi: The Next Generation, a tween went on a date with her crush and accidentally threw out her retainer. It was very dramatic and traumatized me for years. Fast forward to 2017 America (real world, not television...we think?) and the exact same fate recently befell a Manhattan woman, except this time she threw out her diamond engagement ring. Don't worry, she got it back. What a rollercoaster, I know.
Ashlee Palacio, who lives in Midtown, told reporters she took her engagement ring off Monday night, accidentally putting it next to a bunch of Halloween candy wrappers. She tossed the wrappers the next morning, as one does, but realized the ring went into the trash with them. "My first reaction was, ‘Are you kidding?!" her fiancé, Mike Diamond (heh), told CBS 2. "I thought she was joking around with me." No, Palacio was not joking, nor was she sending Diamond a not-so-subtle hint by throwing her diamond away...apparently. It was just an honest mistake. Don't read too much into it, Diamond. You are destined to be together forever.
Amidst the immediate panic emerged two pieces of good news. The first is that Diamond and Palacio are quick thinkers and called the Department of Sanitation right away, so sanitation workers agreed not to discard the trash in the truck that picks up outside their home until the couple could sift through it. The second is that Diamond and Palacio's apartment building is actually the last stop on that truck route before it dumps its stuff at a Jersey City trash transfer facility, so when Diamond showed up at said facility on Wednesday, he didn't have to look through much to find the ring.
"The truck came in and just dumped over a hundred bags just on the floor — and looking at it and throwing up from the smell as well, I thought it was going to be impossible to find," Diamond told CBS 2. "I happened to see like something glowing, and I said, you know, "I think that’s it!"
Anyway, everyone had a happy ending, except maybe the Halloween candy wrappers, which got sent back to the landfill without their glamorous new friend.