Engagement rings are men's property: Australian court
An Australian woman who threw away a $15 000 engagement ring has been ordered to compensate her ex-fiance for the lost ring. At one point, she tried to give the ring back but was then told is was hers to keep by her ex. After he found out that the ring and some other mementos had been thrown in the trash, he sought legal compensation for the lost ring, and won it.
The court found that if a woman refuses without legal justification to marry her fiance she cannot keep and must return any engagement ring.
By turning down the offer of marriage, Ms Papathanasopoulos had rejected the "conditional gift" of the ring, the court found.
"Upon ... rejecting the gift she became a bailee of that item (the ring) so long as she had it in her control," Mr Smart said.
"It is not open to a bailee to cause the item bailed to be thrown into the garbage bin.
"Holding a small item, such as an engagement ring, is not a great chore."
I for one (and I'm not being a feminist here, just a realist) think she she got ripped off. Should the property not be hers now? If she throws it away, is it not her decision? Any lawyers out there?