Woman Finds Walmart Shopper's Missing Wedding Ring in Bottom of Instant Pot Box on Christmas

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Shiloah Avery from Washington got a surprising gift on Christmas morning because of an unexpected bonus that came with a practical present. The initial gift was an Instant Pot, sensible and useful.

When she went to take the item out of the box, though, she found something that did not belong sitting at the bottom of the box. There, beneath the Instant Pot, was a wedding ring.

Some have commented that it’s a good thing she was already married or it could have been misinterpreted as a proposal. But the ring looked well-loved, and was both the engagement ring and wedding band, so she knew someone had to be missing it.

“I pulled the bottom packaging material out and there was a wedding ring in the bottom of it and it wasn’t just like an engagement ring it was an actual wedding band and ring,” Avery told KCPQ. “And they’d been soldered together and you could tell it’d been someone’s ring for a long time.”

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“I could only imagine if that was me and it was sad,” she said. “It’s somebody’s possession, especially being a wedding ring, so I wanted to make sure it got back to the owner.”

So she did what most people do these days and posted a notice on Facebook. She told her story and posted a photo of the Instant Pot, but wisely didn’t post photos of the ring until after the owner identified and claimed it.

“⚠️⚠️READ ME!!⚠️⚠️,” she wrote on Facebook. “I was gifted an instant pot for Christmas, in the bottom of the packaging was a WEDDING RING ? (not mine)

“I called the company and placed a service ticket to try and return the ring but why not use the power of social media for good!? Help spread this post. I would love to return the ring to the owner. ❤ Purchased from Port Orchard Walmart.”

Unknown to Avery, Joann Johnson had been perusing Instant Pots at that very same Walmart when she’d lost her ring. She wasn’t quite sure where she’d lost it, but she’d opened an Instant Pot box to examine the smaller model before boxing it back up and putting it on the shelf.

When she realized her ring was missing, she posted on Facebook, too, with her own cry for help.

“I had posted in the Port Orchard Facebook page,” she said, “just a wild shot in the dark, ‘If anybody happens to see a diamond, pick up a diamond band at Walmart please turn it in to customer service.’ Didn’t get any responses other than ‘Gee, hope you find it.'”

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But then, on Christmas day, she spotted Avery’s post. “And immediately it was like an electrical shock going through me,” she said. “OK I lost my ring by Instant Pots, someone just found a ring in an Instant Pot box.”

She drew a photo of her ring set for Avery, who confirmed a match, and the ring and owner were reunited. Avery updated her post so everyone knew the ring had found its way back to its rightful owner.

“?UPDATE? The owner of this ring has been found and reunited these (sic) evening at 10pm!!!! I am so excited to have the opportunity to give this ring back and i want to thank everyone who shared and commented on this post!!!! ❤CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!❤”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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