Thursday, February 16, 2012

The good, the bad and the ugly

What’s up with the Daily Mail? Two Rolex stories in a day?

First up, we have the ‘good’, a council cleaning contractor who handed in a Rolex to police after finding it down drain. Arron Large found a gold Daytona in a drain whilst cleaning the streets near Chalkwell train station, in Essex. As he put it, “we are used to finding all sorts of fake gold in the drains so when I initially saw it I was not overly excited…but it cleaned up really nicely and the gold did not rub off, so I realised it might be something special.”

No-one has yet claimed the watch, but Essex Police have tracked down the dealer from where the watch was originally purchased for identification purposes should a claimant appear. 

What if no-one claims it and Arron Large gets the Daytona? He’ll sell it, share the profits with his colleague with whom he was working on the day, and pay his debts.

Secondly, we have the ‘bad’. 

Well that happened at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on January 18, when someone with either mindboggling ignorance as to how many security cameras are in the average American airport (not to mention at a security checkpoint) or with an impressively low sense of self-preservation, decided to steal a Rolex from the tray on which its owner had placed it at the bag screening area.

The Transportation Security Administration captured the entire sequence of the theft as the man took the watch, belonging to Gloria de Regalado. She had accidentally left her watch behind after recovering her other belongings from the conveyor belt trays. By the time she realised, half an hour later, it was gone.

The video show the man grabbing the Rolex and walking away to reorganise his backpack, when he appears to stuff the jewellery inside.

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Oh and ugly? That Daytona. Sorry, it just doesn’t do it for me.


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