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Hotel chain reveals bizarre items left behind

Hotel chain reveals bizarre items left behind
3 Jan 2014

An owl called Hedwig, a 5ft Buddha statue and a life-size cardboard cutout of reality TV star Joey Essex were among the most bizarre items left behind at hotels in the UK. 

Other items left behind at Travelodge's 500 properties in 2013 included a pet tarantula called Hercules in a bespoke box, a suitcase of Prince George memorabilia and a set of trial yoghurt flavours from a major supermarket chain that had not yet been launched. 

As well as these unusual finds, far more commonplace belongings forgotten by the chain's 16m guests were tablets and mobile phones, with some 10,000 of these gadgets picked up by cleaners after the occupants had checked out.

This was a significant increase on previous years, showing how portable technology is becoming ever-more prevalent in daily life. 

Other regularly misplaced items include chargers, clothing, toiletry bags, teddy bears, toothbrushes, bags, sat navs and books. In total, 22,648 novels were left behind in 38,000 hotel rooms, the most popular being the third instalment in the Fifty Shades trilogy, 'Fifty Shades Freed'. 

'Each year our lost and found inventory report provides plenty of revelations,' commented Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman. 

'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.'

However, it's not just hotel rooms where personal items are abandoned. Earlier this year, Travel Daily News revealed the ten most bizarre things found in the boots of hire cars after they've been returned by holidaymakers. 

Topping the list was a complete human skeleton that turned out to be a classroom teaching tool, but not before it had given the rental employee a serious fright. Also making the list was a glass eye, a Batman costume, a suitcase full of cash and a set of false teeth adorned with gems. ADNFCR-408-ID-801678680-ADNFCR

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