​Homeless Man Diamond Ring: A Remarkable Story About Character

Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Aug. 4, 2014

A homeless Kansas City, Mo. man received a diamond ring in his change cup by mistake. Billy Ray Harris was in shock when he was going through the change, he collected that day and found a sparkling surprise.

When Sarah Darling was walking by Harris she chose to dump her wallet change into his cup, instead of taking the coins out by hand.

“My rings were bothering me, so I put them in my coin purse,” Darling explained to KCTV. When she realized the next day what she had done, “[she] was so incredibly upset because, more than just the value of the ring, it had sentimental value.”

She feared that she would never see her diamond engagement ring again. However, when she returned to Harris the following day, she was pleasantly surprised when he handed the ring back to her.

“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,'” Harris said. “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.'”

“The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was expensive,” Harris said.

“It seemed like a miracle. I thought for sure there was no way I would get it back,” Darling said.

Harris claims that he never considered selling the ring. “My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was six months old and thank the good Lord, it’s a blessing, but I do still have some character,” he said.

To show her gratitude, Darling gave Harris all the money she had in her wallet at the time.

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