Alfredo Rodriguez came away with more than just slacks after a routine shopping trip at an Evans department store.
Months after purchasing three pairs of Haggar pants from Kohl’s, Rodriguez tried the trousers on for the first time at the request of his wife.
“When I shook one of the hangers, something fell on the floor,” the Grovetown resident said. “I said, ‘What in the world is that?’ and it was a ring.”
The name of the ring’s owner, Tim, appears on one side of the 1997 Strom Thurmond High School class ring. Also inscribed on the band is the school’s team name, Rebels, as well as a shield with a star underneath.
That information led Rodriguez to write letters to both the principal and football coach at the Johnston, S.C., school for assistance in the search, but Rodriguez said he never received a response.
So for the past two years, Rodriguez has kept the piece of jewelry in his desk for safekeeping.
The ring is yellow gold and embellished with a green stone, most likely an emerald.
“What puzzles me is how in the world did that ring get in those pants,” said Rodriguez, speculating that the ring might have slipped off a man’s finger as he was trying them on in the dressing room.
“My only interest is finding that Tim and giving it back to him,” he said. “I don’t need nothing in return.”