After returning to Grand Cayman from a trip abroad, Nathan Smith realized he had misplaced an important set of keys. Attached were not only his car keys but his wedding band of 13 years.
Mr. Smith said he had placed the ring on the key chain for safekeeping while doing sports. He then caught a ride to the airport and set off for the U.S.
“I thought I had lost the keys on the trip. I tracked everything from the airport forward and didn’t think I had lost them on the island. They must have fallen out of my pocket,” he said.
Nearly three weeks after losing them, Mr. Smith had given up hope of relocating them.
However, one evening as he was driving through South Church Street, he noticed a sign outside the Pure Art store: “Hyundai keys found inside.”
The sign jogged Mr. Smith’s memory. He had stopped by Pure Art to buy a gift before his trip.
Owner Debbie van der Bol said her son Pete created the sign and posted it outside the business for two weeks. The company tried the sign as a last resort, after phone calls and outreach failed to find the owner.
“We were just thinking about taking it down but we left it up. He drove by it and read it and thought ‘that’s nice,’ and then realized it was him,” Ms. van der Bol said.
When Mr. Smith finally went inside the shop, there were his keys and wedding band.
Mr. Smith said it was his first time losing his wedding ring.
“It definitely wasn’t my finest moment,” he said.
He called the effort by Pure Art an example of Cayman kindness.