How would you like to be this guy? He accidently threw away $50,000 of his wife’s jewellery in the rubbish bin. To make matters even worse, it was just before they were going to celebrate their 23rd Wedding Anniversary. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in that household. 🙂 There would have been mass panic, to make matters worse; there were also some family heirlooms amongst the gold as well. This all happened in a nice place called Caloundra, which is part of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland here in Australia.
A few things happened (which you can read about in the news story) that made this guy think they might get robbed, so all the jewellery and gold bars were split into 3 garbage bags, on the assumption that robbers would not pick up these type of bags. During a big clean up as you may of guessed by now, the bags were thrown out with the rest of the rubbish, and before he realized what he had done, the garbage trucks had already picked up the rubbish and took it to the dump. 😯
“Caloundra landfill receives approximately 1400 tonnes of waste per week – the equivalent of over half the volume of water in an Olympic swimming pool,” said a council spokesman.
“To locate the lost items, this decaying compacted waste would need to be systematically excavated and sorted mechanically by the contractor.
“While council sympathises with the owners . . . unfortunately any attempts to search for the lost items would be extremely difficult, and would pose serious safety risks.”
Geoffrey said the majority of the gold was bought as an investment while the couple lived in the UK more than 25 years ago. Read the full story in the Courier Mail