Walmart Employee Returns Missing Ring

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TAYLOR -- A woman from Lackawanna County had lost all hope that she'd find her most precious possession, and had lost hope in the honesty of people. Then, that all changed when she learned that a nameless stranger had returned her missing engagement ring.

Marge Slaboda of Taylor got the engagement ring 44 years ago. Now, it's a symbol that reminds her of her late husband. So, you can imagine her distress when she returned home from shopping and noticed the ring was gone.

"I felt empty. I felt like my husband just died again. It just means so much to me," Slaboda said.

Her family went back to Walmart in Taylor where they had been shopping and searched but nothing turned up. In the bustle of holiday shopping, Slaboda was sure her diamond was gone for good.

"Because this time of year people are desperate for one reason or the other, everybody needs money, we're all in the same boat. I thought, 'oh, it's going to be sold'. It's not worth a million dollars but it's worth a lot," Slaboda added.

Slaboda made one last check with the lost and found and her ring had shown up. Employees said a maintenance worker swept it up and took it there, but at that time that's all they knew.

Slaboda called Walmart corporate offices hoping to thank the maintenance worker who found her ring. However, those officials and managers at the store in Taylor had no idea who the employee was.

"There are still good honest people in the world. You don't see them to often, all you hear about is crime, but unfortunately it's the way of the world," Slaboda said.

Her ring was returned, but Slaboda said she also got a restoration of faith in the goodness of people. When that worker could have gotten an easy buck, he did the honest thing.

Officials with Walmart said they did some digging after being contacted by Newswatch 16 and they figured out who returned Slaboda's ring. He's a maintenance worker for the Taylor Walmart. Slaboda said she's hoping to reward him somehow.


  • michele e

    this is awesome!! Last year i struggled to provide gifts for my son. i went to taylor walmart a few days before xmas to get a few items, and left my phone on a shelf. when i realized it was missing, i cried, called walmart, they said there cameras wouldn’t reach where i laid my phone down. I totally gave up shopping, and prayed to god thinking, im already struggling, now i have to get a phone:( what next:( i was devastated! i kept calling my phone, and thought the same thing as mrs.slaboda. ill never get it back, people are desperate, and someone is just going to keep it to get money for it… finally an hr after calling, a cashier answered and said a customer had brought my phone to them, and i can pick it up at isle 5.. i was sooo happy, and it felt soo good to know there are still people out there. i walked in to get my phone with tears in my eyes, i wanted to hug the person that was honest!! god is good!!

  • Mickie Goodrich

    And this is EXACTLY the kind of stories we should see in the news, front page with bold letters. If we promoted kindness and good deeds the way we do all the crime, can you imagine how people may change to be on the front page? or to be on the news for doing a good deed? We need to change the way we give our focus – focus on the negative, that is all we will see. Focus on the positive, and that is all we will see :-)

    • Tom R

      I do agree with the fact that it is nice to read something positive for a change, but no matter how warm and fuzzy front-page news stories are, bad people are still going to do bad things. Unfortunately, this is the world that we live in today. Either we can ignore it, or we can paste their picture on the front page of the newspapers and websites and shame them for their poor choices and sometime horrible acts. The public needs to know who these low-life failures are. A perfect example of this is the senseless murder of the 97-year-old woman on Thanksgiving Day. From a safety standpoint, this is information that the public needs to know.

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