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?A young woman started coming to our store to look at a certain engagement ring early in the year ? like February or March. She kept on coming back, bringing a different friend or family member each time. One day in June, her fianc? came in and asked to see the ring she was looking at. He liked it, and immediately wrote a check for it. After we sized it, he asked if we could gift-wrap it so it looked nothing like a ring. We wrapped it in a ring box, and then put the ring box inside a bigger box that was about the size of a box you’d put a coat in. To make the box heavier, we even put some fence-post ends in it. In short, there’s no way anyone would have ever thought this was a ring. As for the rest of his plan, he told us that the next day, he would invite her to the store to see the ring, which at that point, would obviously not be there. They came, and I had to tell her that the ring was no longer in stock which was, of course, quite true. Her tears started to flow. All I could say was that I was sorry. It turns out that they were having an engagement party that night with friends and family from around the country. He proposed at the party, and apologized for not being able to get the ring, saying he had bought a larger gift to help smooth things over. She unwrapped, and unwrapped, and unwrapped … and, finally, came across a small box with the ring she loved so much. When they told me the story, she said she thought I was the best actor she had ever met. It’s now 20 years later and we still laugh about that sale!? 

PAT G.,
YAKIMA, WA 

?A man asked me for an engagement ring with no center-stone. He selected a platinum mounting with the longest prongs in the showcase, asking us to size it to fit his pinkie finger. When he picked up his new ring, we saw him start using the prongs to clean under his fingernails. Turns out, he had bought the mounting so he would always have a nail cleaner ?on hand’, so to speak. His girlfriend complained frequently about his fingernails, which were ? I had to agree ? pretty long and dirty. 

STEVE Q.,
CHICAGO, IL 

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The Sweet Taste of Vindication

A plate piled high with cookies can go a long way to remedying a false accusation.

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Last summer, we had a customer come in to pick up a pearl necklace that she “swore” she left with us to repair. When we couldn’t find it in our repair box, she got really mad and threatened to call the Better Business Bureau on us. We were all stymied. None of our records showed that she had left that necklace with us. A few days later, she sent her husband in with a plate piled high with cookies to apologize. She had found the necklace in her jewelry box. She hadn’t brought it to us after all. Those cookies were very sweet indeed! — Chay Rees Runnels, Rees Jewelry, Nacogdoches, TX

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One-Legged Man Leaves Trail of Devastation In Search of Ice Cream

His parting words were, ‘My wife is going to kill me.’

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Our shop was very busy one afternoon, when all of a sudden my husband yells, “Oh s#!@, call 911!” and goes running out the door just as a car hops the curb and crashes into the glass door and surrounding concrete wall of the Safeway next door to us. My husband (who is a former policeman) assists the motorist as he rolls the car back off the curb and into a parking slot. He had meant to park the car, but accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. As one of our staff is talking to the 911 operator, they ask, “Does the motorist have any visible injuries?” Hollie, our manager, was quick to let them know that the driver had only one leg, but that it didn’t happen because of the crash. (Turns out his amputation was a month old.) This man had “borrowed” his wife’s car while she was out of town and he kept saying, “She’s going to kill me!” So, the fire department comes, the paramedics come … the guy says he’s fine. He says he needs to go over to the grocery store to get what he came for: ice cream. Said he’d be back to talk to the police after he got that and away he goes with his crutches. Police come … they wait and wait … pretty soon, here he comes, driving one of those complimentary electric carts for shoppers, and as we’re all watching in disbelief, he drives right into the large decorative post in front of our shop. Backs up and then drives once again into the post as he was trying to get by it to talk to the cop. — Teri Vogan, Vogan Gold & Silver Works, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO

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If She Didn’t Like the Platinum, She Really Won’t Like the Moissanite

This real customer wanted the sheen of sparkly copper.

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A customer sent her fiancé into the store with a piece of copper wire coated with a sparkling something. He said she wanted a ring just like it in platinum with the same finish. We told him there was no finish available to re-create what he was showing us. We called a month later to tell him his platinum band was ready for pickup. When they came in, she became quite snarly because the sparkle finish she asked for was not there. We tried to explain, but she was not hearing us. She said she needed the sparkle to remind her every day of “the sparkle in their lives.” She demanded to know why it took us a month to tell her it was not possible. We explained that we had told her fiancé the day he came in. When she glared at him and asked why he didn’t tell her, he just looked at the floor. (She is 5 foot tall. He is 6 feet 4 inches.) She refused the platinum band we had special-ordered and walked out of the store. We were left to wonder what will happen when she finds out the focal stone in her engagement ring isn’t the 1.5-carat diamond she thinks it is, but rather a stunning moissanite at a tenth the price?

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