If you found a $350,000 engagement ring in a public bathroom WWYD?

I missed giving you guys a What Would You Do Wednesday last week with all that was happening per-graduation for Mikaela.  Therefore I was hell bent and determined to not skip out on you two weeks in a row, even if today is actually Thursday.  Which means that technically I did miss it.  I know you’ll all forgive me cuz you totally understand that I am only one human being and like you I am only capable of accomplishing so much.

Today’s WWYDW is a GOOD ONE.  It is all about character baby, and in my humble opinion you’ve either got it, or you don’t.

Here is the real life scenario for this week’s WWYDW:

You’re in a Beverly Hills restaurant, it’s a high end expensive place, you happen into the ladies room after another woman has vacated it.  When you close the door behind you, immediately you notice a giant diamond ring on the sink counter.

Do you:

a)  throw open the door, run through the restaurant waving the huge diamond in the air hoping and praying that the woman who left it behind hasn’t already left the building.  Desperate to get it back on the hand it was bestowed upon?

b)  make your way to the hostess stand, ask to speak to the manager, describe the woman you saw coming out of the restroom before you and entrust him to find the rightful owner of the engagement ring?

c)  pocket the $350,000 ring and believe that you’ve just won the jackpot, and keep it for yourself to either wear, or sell for cash.

d)  figure it’s fake, since there is nobody in their right mind who would actually remove a $350,000 engagement ring in a public restroom and then forget to put it back on, so you do nothing?

I cannot wait to hear what you all would do if you found yourself in this Beverly Hills bathroom predicament, but I’m pretty sure by now that you all know what I would have done if I had been the person to walk in and find the ring.  My response will follow shortly!




  1. It would be “B” for me. Who’s to say that the woman who just left was the actual owner?
    The last thing i want or need is to have some rock that obviously is not a part of my lifestyle.
    Besides, it’s not mine. My Mommy would be so disappointed if I kept someone else’s property. We were NOT brought up that way.

  2. B. And I hope to still be there to see the relief on her face when the manager hands it to her.

  3. I would do A. And if I couldn’t locate her I would call the police and turn it over to them. Fake or not it’s not mine. And if it’s a $50 ring or a $350,000 ring makes no difference. The ring it self is not what is important but what it may stand for in sentimental value.

  4. I am late on answering but I would do B. I would give it to someone I viewed in authority and hope it gets back to its rightful owner.

  5. Wow! I’d run out of the restroom and do a frantic search for a woman going back to her table. So definitely A! If I couldn’t find her then B!
    Btw congratulations on your baby’s accomplishment in graduating from College with an awesome GPA!

  6. If I knew that I could definitely identify the woman that left the ring, I would try to discreetly locate her. If I was not positive of recognizing her or I could not locate her, I would ask to see the manager and trust her or him to be honest in my stead. I’m not fearful of karma, but doing the right thing is the right thing to do. (Deep. I know.)

  7. I’d run out and see if I can catch her, she could probably not have gone that far. Won’t be waving that thing in the air, though, no use getting my head bashed in, haha. If I can’t find her (because I am notoriously inattentive and probably won’t be able to name any of her features except that she was female, and that also only because she was in the ladies room and the ring gave me a clue…), I will leave it in the capable hands of the manager. I’m sure that will be the first place she’ll ask once she realizes it’s gone.

  8. Well, that one is a easy one, start with A if you had a good look at the woman that left( well maybe not waiving the ring in the air, other people in the restaurant may not be as honest as you and claim it ) failing to find her deliver it to the restaurant staff. It doesn’t mater in my view if it is a diamond ring or a £10 note, it belonged to someone to whom it may make all the diference .

  9. Here’s the thing as A former jeweler/gemologist I would know if the diamond was genuine and would have an idea of its worth. And since I am terrible with faces I probably wouldn’t recognize the woman who left it. But safety would be my number one priority. Announcing to anyone that I am carrying a ring worth 350k could open me up to a possible mugging. So what I would do is take the ring to the nearest police department and then call the manager of the restaurant and let them know that a diamond ring was found and that it is in the custody of the police and give them a contact number To have available when the frantic woman calls.

  10. First, a great situation which can be applied to anything found – no matter the value. The ethical and moral behaviour needs to be consistent with anything which is found anywhere.
    It’s clear to me anything found is not mine, never will be unless unable to return to the rightful owner.
    Assumptions aside – the value of the ring would not be accurate without an appraisal and as you hint – it could be a fake and zircon instead. Still doesn’t make a difference.
    I’d not be certain it was the last lady in the washroom’s ring, she may not have noticed it. Some folks are very unobservant. So, to run out and give it to her would possibly be giving it to someone who doesn’t own the ring. Same goes for the manager – or any staff who also may not be honest. The choice I’d make is to take it to a police station during the week and fill out the proper form after having the diamond assessed as being real – to be able to report the ring properly. Whoever would lose such a valuable ring would definitely go to the police station. The manager of the restaurant could be told after it’s in the police station to avoid them saying, “Give it to me and I’ll maybe figure out who owns it.” The police would be able to put an ad in a local paper ( there is ID on the inside of any really valuable ring for ID purposes) and hopefully reunite with the owner of the ring. IF not, then after their policy length of time without it being claimed, it would be returned to you and you would then be the rightful owner. I’ve found a few items in my community – one being a wallet, another an expensive leather briefcase and with both took them to the local RCMP and then they were returned. It’s theft in my opinion to keep anything found as you described or anywhere – if it’s not yours, it’s not yours.

  11. I would be the one frantically trying to catch her before she left the restaurant. I’m not sure I’d wave it about. I’m also assuming it wouldn’t be long before she’d miss it and might retrace her steps. A rock like that weighs a bit and I’d think you’d feel it gone pretty quickly. If I failed to find her myself, I’d ask the restaurant owner to call the cops. I’m not sure blindly turning it over to the manager since he could pocket it and claim it was stolen. If I were that woman, fake or not, I’d be desolate I’d lost it, so I’d want to make sure it got back to her.

  12. Of course you are forgiven, No apology necessary. Just glad to have you on line,
    This one is fairly easy. Sort of. I would probably try to catch the woman. and if she got away, head to the hostess. Not even tempted to keep it, It would put my wedding ring to shame, and we couldn’t have that. Just kidding, sort of 🙂 and Yeah, who would set a ring that like down in a pubic restroom anyway.

  13. Find the manager. The ring may not belong to the woman who left before you, but someone earlier. Giving the ring to the manager makes sure you are seen doing the right thing. The responsibility then becomes the manager’s.

  14. I’d opt for A and/or B. It’s the right thing to do.

    When my daughter was still an infant, my mom and I were at Target, picking up diapers, natch. As we were leaving, we noticed a shopping cart with a case of Coke. My mom said, “oh look at this, someone left this behind. What should we do?” I assumed she was only asking to make sure I’d pass her ethics test. Regardless, my answer would have been, and WAS, “let’s take it in to the manager. I’m pretty sure someone is going to be looking for it when they get home. And I don’t care if you have money or not, you paid for something and hope you can recover it.”

    Since, through the icy parking lot we trod, turning in the forgotten soda, knowing someone out *there* would be happy to get back what was lost.

    Doesn’t matter the value of the item. It’s not yours so you don’t keep it.

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