Billy Ray Harris, a homeless man from Kansas City, Missouri, surprised one woman when he gave back the engagement ring she had accidentally given him when she was handing him change.
Mr. Harris was begging for spare change last week when a woman by the name of Sarah Darling stopped to drop a handful of coins in his cup…or at least that’s all she thought she was giving him.
Neither Sarah or Harris realized it right away but after an hour, the nice man checked his cup and saw the expensive ring.
He told Kansas City’s KCTV5, “The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was expensive.” She said she took off her rings because they were bothering her, and she put them in her coin purse.
It wasn’t until the next day that she had noticed what she’d done.
“I was so incredibly upset because, more than just the value of the ring, it had sentimental value,” she said.
Darling thought she would never see the ring again. Despite her doubts, she returned to the homeless man and asked him if he had something of hers.
“She squatted down like you did like right there and says, ‘Do you remember me?’ and I was like ‘I don’t know, I see a lot of faces.’ She says, ‘I might have gave you something very valuable.’ I said, ‘Was it a ring?’ And she says, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘Well, I have it,’” Harris explained.
He gave her the ring.
“It seemed like a miracle. I thought for sure there was no way I would get it back,” Darling said.
It was a surprising turn of events, as he could have easily pawned the jewelry and used it to start a new life.
But Harris was raised better than that. “My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was 6 months old and thank the good Lord, it’s a blessing, but I do still have some character,” he said.