Travelodge has unveiled some of its most interesting items left behind in its 563 hotels during the last 12 months.
Items discovered in its lost and found include a life-size R2-D2 robot, a money tree bearing £50 notes to the value of £10,000, a 6ft cuddly polar bear, a 60-year-old marriage certificate, a stethoscope and a Siberian Husky called Saskia.
Other items include a stethoscope that was left behind by a doctor at High Wycombe Travelodge, as well as a large box of Union Jack printed face masks which was left behind at London Central Waterloo Travelodge Plus.
The latest audit also reveals that items associated with weddings still “dominate” Travelodge’s lost and found inventory list, including a 3ft Italian diffuser bottle that was ordered for a wedding reception, which had been especially imported over from Florence, Italy.
In addition, the keys to a new Bentley car were left behind at Chester Central Bridge Street Travelodge, whilst a stockbroker staying at London Central Bank Travelodge forgot a file which contained £500,000 share certificates.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: “With millions of customers annually staying at our 563 hotels across the length and breadth of the UK for thousands of different reasons, we do get a range of interesting items left behind.
“This year, as we kept some of our hotels open during both lockdowns to support local communities and provide accommodation for key workers, local authorities and for businesses that could travel for work we have seen a rise in items being left behind by medical professionals.”
She added: “This includes a stethoscope, scrubs, crocs and a nurse’s personal diary documenting their experience of working through the pandemic plus lots of personalised face masks.
“When it comes to why so many of our customers forget their treasured items, it’s basically due to us all being time poor, juggling multiple tasks and being in a hurry to get from A to B. In the rush, valuable possessions are easily forgotten.”