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  1. #1
    us
    Jul 2007
    Portland, Michigan
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    High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    To start off I have no pictures of the ring because this happened several years ago, but still sticks out as quite unique. I was metal detecting Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, MI when I found a 2000 HS class ring from a school I was not familiar with. It was from Sterling Heights High School and upon some research, found it was from the opposite side of the state. After cleaning the ring, I found a last name inside the ring. The name read Balzinksi. I emailed the school and asked if a student named 'Balzinski' attended there, but they could not release any information on students. So, I emailed again and told them that I had found a class ring, and left my email address and phone number and asked them to contact the student or the student's family and let them know that the ring had been found and I wanted to return it. It was several weeks later that I received an email from the students mother and she had quite a few questions about the ring. I told her where it had been found and she replied that she was not familiar with the location. I told her it that I was on the opposite side of the state from her and wanted to return the ring. In her next email, her wording seemed angry because her daughter had never been to the other side of the state, and I must have the wrong person. I informed her of the rings size, the achievements that were on the side, the name of the school and the color of the stone in the center. She agreed that was her daughter's ring but that her daughter was only sixteen and she never would have gone to that side of the state. She told me it fine to send it back, but that she is unsure why the ring was over 100 miles away. I left it at that and returned the ring and never heard back from her again. Make's me curious as to what explanation the daughter had when mom told her of the ring

    To date that is the only class ring I have found. HH

  2. #2
    us
    Jul 2005
    Close enough to the beach
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    Sounds like she's got some explaining to do

    Congrats on the return.
    Time is nothing, timing is everything.

  3. #3
    us
    Nov 2005
    Ohio
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    First of all, Thanks for being one of the Good Guys. Returning a Ring is one of the greatest
    thing about this hobby.

    Sometimes you find a person that is really thrilled when you return a ring, maybe even giving you a
    reward. Although I ususally don't accept them, unless I have to drive a long ways to hunt for the item.

    Sometimes you get yelled at, sometimes they call the police, you name it, it has happened. One time
    I called a lady and asked about a class ring I had found. She said, yes it was her daughters and that
    I could stop by there house and give it back. Well I had to work over an hour at work so got to the house and hour late. I knocked on the door, the lady opened the door, said I was late, took the ring and slammed the door in my face. Nice Huh?

    Another time at a local lake I was detecting in the swim area and some kid came up and told me
    to come and hunt for his girl friends ring that she just lost. He didn't ask me, he just told me to hunt for
    it. Of course I did find it and again, the girl grabbed the ring and her boyfriend and her left without
    even saying thanks. You get that, they think that is you job.

    Then other times, it is different. I found a guys class ring that he lost when he was a kid. I found it in a lake in about 5 feed of water. I did a lot of looking to find the owner, libraries, people and then calling him. He lost the ring the year he bought it and that was in 1946. He now lives in Florida and was most gratefull to me for returning the ring to him. He Say's he can't wear it anymore, but wears it around his neck and tells everyone who asks about it the story of how it was found. He sent me two really nice proof sets, because I wouldn't take any reward for finding his ring.

    Thanks Again, for being one of the Good Guys. Hope you find many more.

    HH, Ringfinder
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  4. #4
    us
    Sep 2007
    N. San Diego County
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    I found and returned a class ring this past year and the guys new wife didn't seem to be too excited.

  5. #5
    us
    May 2008
    Virginia
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    Wow you just can't make anyone happy these days.

    I bet the daughter had a secret boyfriend and he was probably like 21 or something. Happens often. Of course it's possible that they did go there, but completely forget about it, or maybe it wasn't their ring, but still wanted it.
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  6. #6
    trish76642

    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    You never know, she could have lost it and someone found it and lost it there themselves, or someone stole it and she just didnt tell her mom.
    Glad you found the owner anyway starwars.

  7. #7
    us
    Jul 2003
    Elgin
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    Had similar experience returning one my daughter found at the beach. The guy didn't really care about the ring when we finally got in touch wit him. Got my kid off the other line and then let him know I was trying to show my daughter how to do the right thing and he better take the ring when we return it and write her a letter of thanks. We did and he did, good enough.

  8. #8
    trish76642

    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowbatts
    Had similar experience returning one my daughter found at the beach. The guy didn't really care about the ring when we finally got in touch wit him. Got my kid off the other line and then let him know I was trying to show my daughter how to do the right thing and he better take the ring when we return it and write her a letter of thanks. We did and he did, good enough.
    LOL...Good for you!

  9. #9
    seger98

    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    Wow, what amazing stories of doing good & the end results of not even a thank you!

  10. #10

    Sep 2007
    Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    It is sad that some people are not more appreciative. I found a ring years ago in Raleigh, NC in Falls Lake. I called the school in SC, tracked the person down in SC also. Sent the ring, insured, never heard from them again. Not even a thank you letter.

  11. #11
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    us
    Jan 2005
    Choctaw Beach Florida
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    You did the right thing even if you made the mother mad with the daughter. I returned a 1927 class ring to the son of the owner(the owner had passed away ) and never heard anything back from the family.Still the right thing to do.
    God and country.

  12. #12
    us
    American by Birth ~ Gun Owner by Right ~ Jesus by Choice

    Jan 2007
    George West, TX
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    very likely she lost and someone else found it and ended up losing it all over again, but as A mom I would be telling my daughter, young lady you are so busted, and grounded and grounded again. I would of thanked you for being so kind as to return it though. You did a good thing.
    Dawn
    MCALLEN, TX

  13. #13
    us
    Jun 2007
    georgia
    garrett 1500-ace 250-garrett ads groudhog deepseeker
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    YOU DID THE RIGHT THING.
    KYLE DISMUKE

  14. #14
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    us
    Mar 2005
    south charleston, wv
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    "In her next email, her wording seemed angry because her daughter had never been to the other side of the state, and I must have the wrong person. ..."

    I agree with requesting that the daughter contact you.

    I would NOT have continued interacting with non-appreciative mom.

    Thanks for interesting post
    The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.
    Ex animo

  15. #15

    Jan 2007
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    Re: High School Class Ring Returned And Mom Was Not Happy!

    I once returned a 1928 gold womans classring to the rightful owner. She was in an old age home and wrote me a nice letter on how she lost it in the woods having a picnic with a bunch of friends. She only had it a week when she lost it. She said she is in an elderly assisted living house and this ring brought a whole lot of wonderful memories of her youth back to her and had been crying tears of joy for a week before she wrote the letter thanking me for returning not only the ring but her youthful past to her. You wouldn't believe the pump that gave me for our hobby. I'll never forget it.
    Chris

 

 
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