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'Earth angel' shopper returns wedding ring found in Asda shopping bag belonging to checkout assistant gran June Cook

By Nicola Jordan

A gran who works on the checkouts at a supermarket was heartbroken when she lost the wedding ring she has been wearing for the last 45 years.

After three days of searching everywhere, June Cook gave up all hope of finding the gold band.

Then, to her amazement, a customer she had served earlier in the week came in having retrieved it from the bottom of his carrier bag as he was unloading his groceries.

Checkout assistant June Cook is reunited with her old wedding ring that slipped off from her little finger while serving a customer at Asda on Pier Road in Gillingham. Picture: John Westhrop
Checkout assistant June Cook is reunited with her old wedding ring that slipped off from her little finger while serving a customer at Asda on Pier Road in Gillingham. Picture: John Westhrop

The kind-hearted shopper returned to the Asda store in Pier Road, Gillingham, four days later to return the ring to her in person.

Mrs Cook, 63, was so gobsmacked she hardly had time to thank the man before he had disappeared.

She said: “I feel really bad.

"I was serving a customer and did not have time to get his name or anything.

"I never thought I would see it again.”

Cartoonist Royston's take on the ring being returned
Cartoonist Royston's take on the ring being returned

The mum-of -three was at her daughter Jackie’s home in Gillingham when she noticed the ring was not on her little finger.

She and her retired husband Philip, 65, got new rings last year.

But she still likes to wear her old one because “it’s got loads of sentimental value”.

Mrs Cook, of Elmfield, Rainham, remembered helping the man pack his shopping when the ring must have slipped off.

She added: “Up until then I did not know whether I had lost it at home, at my daughter’s, at work or in my car.”

She posted an appeal on Facebook saying: “I had given up all hope of getting it back.

“If anyone knows who this was, please pass on my heartfelt thanks.

"Sir, you are an earth angel.”

Mrs Cook has worked at the store for three years.

She added: “It has certainly restored my faith in human nature.”

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