Once again, social media is bringing people together in more ways than one. On May 27, Michelle La Plante was at Camel Playground on New York City's Upper West Side, when she spotted an engagement ring. She picked the ring up and put in her pocket because she believed the owner would return to claim it. La Plante said she didn't want someone else who maybe wouldn't have such good intentions to find the ring instead. "I picked it up because I didn't trust someone else to do the same. I would hope someone else would do that for me. I thought someone would come imminently, frantically looking for the ring," she said about her discovery. Unfortunately, not everyone would be so thoughtful, and the owner of the ring is lucky that La Plante was the one who found it.
This little act of kindness wasn't where La Plante's good deed ended. When no one returned to claim the ring, she took it with her and decided to post some signs for the keepsake, in the area and on the web. She put several signs up in the park and the surrounding area stating that she had found a ring, but her efforts didn't end there. She also posted an ad on Craigslist.com and a blog on MyUpperWest.com in her attempt to find the engagement ring's rightful owner. La Plante went above and beyond to help someone she had never even met.
It turns out the reason the owner of the ring had not returned to the park immediately that day is because it took her two days to realize that it was no longer on her finger. Jill Fink had taken the ring off to put sunscreen on her daughter while her and her husband were at the park with their 2-year-old twins. When she was on her way to work on Tuesday she realized the ring was missing and ran back inside to check for it. When she still couldn't find it, she called her husband crying, realizing that she had taken it off at the park...two days earlier.
A co-worker helped Fink discover the ad on Craigslist, and after a few exchanges with La Plante, Fink knew that her ring was a match. Fink said she couldn't believe that "such a good person" had found her ring. It's not everyday that something like this happens, but this isn't the first time that social media has aided in returning lost items to their owners. Previously, another woman had lost her engagement ring on a subway and it was eventually returned to her with the help of Twitter.
Michelle La Plante and Jill Fink met on a street corner that same morning, and Jill was reunited with her ring. It turns out that the women only live two blocks away from each other and have children of the same age. They said that they will be planning an outing with both of their families sometime in the future. Not only did Fink get her ring back, she also gained a friendship from the ordealÂ—an even better ending to an already good story!