WE’VE all abandoned terrible novels and unloved socks in hotel bedrooms, but have you heard about the guest who left their false legs behind, complete with designer footwear?
To say nothing of the traveller who checked out without their antique statue, and the absent-minded businessman who forgot his 60-year-old teddy bear.
These are just some of the more offbeat items that have found a temporary home in Travelodge’s lost and found office in Leeds over the last year.
Other items abandoned by errant guests at Travelodge’s five hotels in Leeds include
a diamond ring, a signed business contract, a £1,000 violin and a replica of the Ashes Urn.
Across the UK, some of the more bizarre “lost” items have included a pre-nuptial agreement, a set of 24 carat gold Indian Gods, the deeds to a £2m house, a set of yoghurt flavours that had not been launched to the public, a £5,000 Vera Wang wedding dress and a pet tarantula called Hercules.
Every year Travelodge, which has 500 UK hotels, publishes a list of the items left behind by some of the company’s 16m guests. The pace of modern life seems to be making us forgetful.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge’s spokesman, said: “Each year our lost and found inventory report provides plenty of revelations. “It’s evident what a cross section of people stay in our hotels.
“Our 2013 left behind’ register also reveals how much smart technology has become a part of our everyday lives, as we have had nearly 10,000 tablets and smartphones left behind in our hotels in the last 12 months. This is a significant increase from previous years.
“What is becoming evident, after speaking to our customers, is that the pace of life has become so fast, and we are so eager to get from A to B that valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.” WHAT DO YOU THINK? Click here to register and have your say on the stories and issues that matter to you