Those men you see every weekday along Calle Jimenez near Carrera 7 are emerald traders.
They show off, price and trade emeralds every day, right out in public.
And, surprisingly, things rarely go wrong.
But, today, a disaster! A trader dropped a valuable emerald - and it went straight down into the sewer!
|The emerald is down there, somewhere.|
|But where is it?|
A homeless man, undoubtedly hired for a pittance, goes to work digging up the mud and carrying it away.
The odor from the fetid mud and sewage wasn't very nice.
|Where is that little stone?|
|Passers-by are not amused.|
|Sifting thru the mud and trash, bit by bit.|
Astonishingly, the trader found his stone, which someone told me was worth 30 million pesos - about U.S. $10,000. Wonder how many pesos the homeless man took home?
|Neighboring businesspeople will not forget this.|