An Australian man accidentally threw out his wife's jewellery worth $53,000 into garbage and has now petitioned the local council for permission to sift through the town garbage collection.
Geoffrey of Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast had spit up his wife's gold collection of charm bracelets, bangles and pure gold bars into three garbage bags to try to fool potential robbers.
But in a mix-up during a house clean-up last week, the precious bags - containing family heirlooms - went straight into the bin and most likely ended up in the town's Nambout tip collection point.
The repentant man, who works as truck driver, said he had stuffed up the family gold as he was frightened that his house would be target of robbers after his GPS navigation system with his home address installed was stolen.
"I had this great idea to split a family gold into three rubbish bags so if thieves did come, they were not going to find it," Geoff told the HeraldSun.
"But as we were moving house, I told my kids to give me garbage lying around to throw out," he said, adding that hours later he got a sick feeling in the guts when his wife rang up to ask "where are the bags?"
Geoff fanatically called the Sunshine Regional Council, who told him that he had next to no chance of regaining his loot.
"Caloundra landfill receives approximately 1400 tonne of waste per week - the equivalent of half the volume of water in an Olympic swimming pool," said a Council's spokesman.
But now his friends pull a prank on him, calling him up to say, "hey mate, the price of gold has just gone up."