A Washington, D.C. store validated a Maryland couple’s gift certificate they received for their wedding 50 years ago as a nice gesture on their anniversary, NBC 4 Washington reported.
In November 1969, George and Cathy Jones of Pasadena, Maryland got a gift certificate for their wedding and then forgot about it without cashing it in. They found it while they were looking at their wedding album ahead of their 50th anniversary, just a few weeks ago.
George, now 77, called Benson’s owner, Ken Stein, and asked “out of curiosity” if it was possible for him to honor the certificate. The couple then traveled to Bensons Jewelers located in downtown D.C. from their home in Anne Arundel County on Monday, five decades after it was granted.
“I really thought they would say, ‘Hey, you know, time has expired,'” George Jones said, according to NBC 4 Washington.
A Maryland couple was going through their wedding album and getting ready for their 50th anniversary when they found a gift certificate they never cashed in. https://t.co/V2jgdQ5bcD
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Jones was wrong. The store let the man and his wife redeem their gift certificate for three pieces of sterling silver — one teaspoon, one knife and one fork in Stieff’s “Rose” pattern — as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
“She picked out the pattern before we even knew each other,” said George, referring to Cathy, 77, in an interview with the Washington Post.
The certificate dated November 8, 1969, the day they got married, was a gift to Cathy from her boss at the time at the National Security Agency, C. Otto Rasmussen. The man had given the certificate for a three-piece place setting, redeemable at Benson’s.