Have a sandwich, and a wedding ring

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) -- A local restaurant has proven to be a great place to lose something.

After Laura Foster ate at a Perkins restaurant, she and her husband Robert were unable to find her $9,000 wedding ring.

''I literally got sick,'' she said. ''I sobbed all day. I thought this was a sign maybe we weren't supposed to be together.''

But good news came when Liberty police relayed the message that the ring had been found. The Fosters' hero was 18-year-old Melissa Volner, a server at Perkins. She saved the ring from the vacuum cleaner, thinking it was too big to be real. Her parents disagreed.

''They laughed. They couldn't believe I didn't know it was real,'' Volner said.

Volner turned the ring in to Liberty police, who then returned the ring to Foster.

'I'd been thinking about getting another ring designed, but after losing this one I realized I'll never want a different ring," Laura Foster said. "This one's special.''

Foster said she plans to reward Volner.

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