Ever wonder what happens to your jewelry that disappears down the drain, never to be seen again? It has to go somewhere, and one would like to think it drifts through pristine water and ends up in the ocean among the treasures of Neptune, god of the sea.
No such luck.
As it turns out, your jewelry gets collected at a sewer treatment plant where a sanitation worker who wades through the unthinkable more than likely scoops up your lost wedding ring. In most places, it probably goes to a lost and found where it is cleaned off and waits to be claimed by its owner.
In Modesto, California, some enterprising sanitation workers thought they would employ the “finders, keepers” rule and make some extra cash off of their found treasure. According to The Huffington Post, the trio pawned gold jewelry they’d found in the wastewater for $2,500.
Modesto police are investigating, but it’s unlikely any of the three men will face charges or lose their job. However, there will certainly be a new policy written concerning lost property found in the sewer water.