American Tourist Finds Diamond in Park, Netizens React

American Tourist Finds Diamond in Park, Netizens React

An American tourist visiting the Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park found an 8.25 carat diamond after digging around in the “Pig Pen”, a search field named after its frequently muddy terrain. Bobbie Oskarson initially thought the gem to be a quartz crystal, but a park staffer later confirmed it was actually a diamond. The find is one of more than 30 to have occurred at the park this year, and the fifth largest since the park was founded in 1972. In reaction, one Chinese netizen said he had his passport ready, whilst others were more skeptical, saying it would be claimed as state property.

Source: Netease

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  • mr.wiener

    In china this would definitely be state property. What is the rule in the states?

    • KamikaziPilot

      Looks like it’s the only diamond producing site in the world that’s open to the public and they can keep what they find, though if it were any other public land in America I’d think the government would claim it. Every once in a while I hear in the news about people finding big diamonds at this particular site.

    • David

      The U.S. does not clam precious stones found on public land as a general rule, unless they are illegally mined. I.E. if I am walking along and find a gold nugget laying on the ground or a pearl on the beach it is mine, even if I am using a metal detector and dig a few inches deep that is OK. If I bring in a backhoe that would be illegal. Those are just general rules of course, there are specific laws governing all things. Generally in national parks (I have been to a lot in the U.S., unless they are a protected site (like an old adobe house) picking up rocks and such for fun is O.K. This park is pretty famous, most diamonds found here are small and worth more as a keepsake than to be sold. I have never been there but I have been to another park that lets you pay $30 and pan for gold. Usually you can find enough gold dust to put in a small vial to show off but occasionally somebody finds a big nugget.

  • maybe it’s fake news made by the park.

    • KamikaziPilot

      No it was picked up by major news organizations, I don’t think it’s fake. This is a real park and people do find real diamonds they can keep.

    • Edward Kay

      get your passport ready and off you go. burrow deep. 加油!

    • Bman

      Wrong country.

    • David

      No, it is real.

  • Alex

    So by law if my phone is somewhere on the street and somebody picks it up, it’s theirs. Found property counts as property of whoever finds it.

    But if it’s a fucking laowai finding something, it’s not.

    • Necrogodomega

      If you actually paid attention (to the SUPER TINY article) you’d have noticed this is in the USA. So it wasn’t a “laowai” finding something, it was an American finding something in an American national park and being allowed to keep it.

      The further comments were about about Chinese “laowai” wanting to come to the United States to try their luck.

    • David

      Property that is lost or stolen is not the same as something that has never belong ed to anybody. You lost phone is still yours if you can get it back.

  • David

    I have seen shows with that. I never understood why the national governments don’t put a stop to that. People in the government must be getting bribed.

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