Woman Opens Kitchen Gadget At Christmas Only Strange Discovery In Box Forces Her Into Action
Marilyn Caylor 1/3/2019
Gone are the days of grandma's stovetop pressure cooker pots, which could blow their lids at the worst possible time and make a mess of both the kitchen ceiling and your dinner plans. Thankfully we now have computerized electric pressure cookers, like the Instant Pot, which makes creating a delicious fully-loaded meal stupid easy for folks who want to eat right now, and not 10 hours from now.
Pressure cooking's resurgence over the past few years means that it's now fashionable to have one of these pots sitting on your countertop. There are a lot of folks out there who would've loved to unwrap one of these gadgets on Christmas day, but one woman from Washington state was surprised when she discovered that her supposedly new toy had already been "played with" by someone else.
After Shiloah Avery of Port Orchard, Washington heard a rattling sound inside her Instant Pot box on Christmas morning, she was shocked and delighted to find that it wasn't a loose bolt causing all the mayhem. What greeted her was a wedding ring, but this wasn't a dream scenario where a gorgeous chef boyfriend was proposing to her in a romantically cheesy way. The antique ring obviously belonged to someone else, and Shiloah reached out to everyone on social media to track that person down.
"I called the company and placed a service ticket to try and return the ring but why not use the power of social media for good!? Help spread this post. I would love to return the ring to the owner. Purchased from Port Orchard Walmart."
Well, on the other side of Port Orchard was a woman who had lost her wedding ring while shopping for, you guessed it, an Instant Pot!
Joann Johnson was with her husband when they were looking at the mini version of the Instant Pot at Walmart. Unfortunately, there weren't any units out on display, so they opened up one of the boxes to evaluate its size. That's when Joann's wedding ring quietly slipped off her finger and into its new boxed-up home.
It only took about 15 minutes for her to figure out that the ring was missing, but after retracing her steps and using a flashlight to peek under the dark shelves, she sadly came up empty-handed. Joann notified customer service at the store, and she even posted a plea for help on a local Facebook page, but she "had totally given up hope of ever finding it."
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Well, it didn't take long for Joann to be reunited with her precious ring. Shiloah was able to verify by Christmas evening that the ring did indeed belong to Joann after the other woman sketched a drawing of it. The antique-looking piece was returned to its rightful ring finger just in time for Joann's 20th wedding anniversary!
Joann told TODAY Food that Shiloah's actions were beyond exemplary, and it proved to her that Christmas angels really do exist.
"For Shiloah to find a ring and reach out in all the ways she could think of makes her an exceptional person to me. She's my Christmas angel. And having become friends with her through all this, she really IS a sweetheart with a good heart!"
Whether you want to think of it as Christmas magic or a holiday miracle, one thing's for sure - this fun little toy sure cooked up a fun story!
It's a sweet reunion you don't want to miss.