"One of the things he said was inside was celery stalks, and I could see a celery stalk sticking out the side of the bag," Senibaldi said.
A man from New Hampshire found the wedding rings he accidentally threw away last week among 20 tons of trash, with a bit of help from a stalk of celery. According to ABC affiliate WMUR-TV, Kevin Butler, who hails from Windham, had tossed out a napkin without being aware that his wife had put her rings in the same napkin to dry. Realization hit Butler after he took the trash to a local transfer station. "She looked around for her rings. I said, 'I've got a good feeling they may be in the trash that I just took to the transfer station,'" Butler said. He hurried back to the site seeking help from the workers to help him find the wedding rings.
The transfer station’s supervisor, Dennis Senibaldi said that the man trying to find the rings said he is "pretty sure I threw the rings out." Senibaldi and his coworkers pulled out surveillance footage to check the spot where Butler had dumped the trash in order to determine the best spot to dig into, hoping to find the ring. According to TOI, the crew started to dig through piles of garbage with an excavator and after five or six scoops, Butler spotted a white bag that could possibly lead them to the missing rings.
"One of the things he said was inside was celery stalks, and I could see a celery stalk sticking out the side of the bag," Senibaldi said. "As we were going through the bag that we knew was his, he actually said, ‘It's not in here.’ And I said, ‘No, there's a couple of little pieces left.' I had my rubber gloves on, moved a few items out of the way, saw the last napkin, and opened it up." Luckily, the rings were retrieved from the mound of trash and Butler is without a doubt, a relieved man. "Wouldn’t recommend anyone else do it," Butler said. "But, you know, to get the rings back, I would do it a thousand times over."
In order to thank the staff who helped him, Butler bought pizza for everyone over the weekend. Butler learned his lesson and he jokes that “in order to just avoid the risk and we should keep our rings dirty.” However, this isn’t the first time Senibaldi and his crew had to comb through the trash in order to find something valuable accidentally misplaced by someone. The station supervisor had successfully found another ring wrapped in a napkin in the trash earlier.
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