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Portland nail salon helps recover lost wedding ring

Prized possession turns up after eventful trash search
Lost wedding ring turns up after eventful trash search
Posted at 10:58 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 00:18:44-04

Though it was a dirty job, a Portland woman is able to breath easy after being reunited with a prized possession due to the help of local nail salon.

Rosana Ramirez, who said she rarely removes her wedding ring of 21 years, ended up losing it after visiting Q Nails & Spa.

“The technician said, ‘Hey, it would be a good idea if you removed your ring to have the massage done’ and — which I did,” Ramirez said. “I set the ring on the little tablecloth that they put on the table.”

It wasn’t until the next day Ramirez realized something was wrong.

“Whenever I’m nervous, I kind of turn my ring around on my finger,” she said. “And when I went to turn it, my ring wasn’t there.”

Ramirez soon reached out to Henry Ho, the owner of Q Nails & Spa in Portland. They ended up reviewing security footage of the salon and later finding that the ring had been accidentally wrapped up with a disposable tablecloth and discarded.

It was only a day before trash day.

Ho and several of his employees searched through the dumpster alongside Ramirez and her husband.

“We went through every single bag of trash in that dumpster,” Ramirez said.

The last bag, Ramirez said, contained a tiny tablecloth. Within it, was her ring.

“With everything that we’ve been going through with the Pandemic and job losses and all of this — it felt really good,” Ramirez said. “It gives you hope in people. They could have just said, ‘Oh well, you lost your ring. Too bad, go home. But they were so kind and so helpful.”

Ramirez said she’s been a regular of the nail salon, and doesn’t expect that to change.