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Travelodge reveals most bizarre items left behind in 2019

Budget hotel brand Travelodge has today announced the most bizarre items left behind by guests in 2019. 

A pet tortoise, a 65-year-old bonsai tree, a vintage bottle of 1943 champagne, a 75 inch TV and a case of wedding dresses were among just some of the items left behind across its 571 UK sites. 

 

  • Three Butterfly Tail fish called Kim, Kourtney and Khloe
  • A 65 year old good luck bonsai tree  
  • A chest full of semi-precious stones
  • A Chinese wedding dress called qipao        
  • A Coutts cheque book and Silk account card
  • A 40 year old pet tortoise called Harry        
  • A vintage bottle (1943) of Champagne worth over £1,000
  • A 24ct gold Chinese waving cat  
  • A Singer sewing machine         
  • A 75 inch TV
  • A jewelled ball gown      
  • A Tiffany engagement ring
  • A business contract        
  • A three generation photo album
  • A puppet stage and puppets   
  • An Oscar De La Renta wedding dress
  • Flights to the Maldives 
  • A set of Mont Blanc pens
  • A case of wedding sarees 

An inventory report conducted by Travelodge revealed a “growing trend” in leaving behind wedding props and attire, whilst a trend in “forgetful pet owners” also saw guests leave behind pet alpacas and cats, among other animals.  

Shakila Ahmed, a spokeswoman for Travelodge, said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 571 UK hotels, including 77 in London, for thousands of different reasons, we do get a range of interesting items left behind. 

“This year’s audit includes: a pair of Alpacas called Ant & Dec, a 65 year old luck Bonsai tree, an Aston Martin, a dissertation, a gingerbread village with residents and a precious 20 year old celebrity autograph book.” 

“Interestingly our hotel teams have reported a rise in wedding and proposal props being left behind in our hotels in 2019. This included a 5ft floral unicorn, a huge full moon, a flower wall, palm trees, a Tiffany engagement ring and even a best man.”       

She added: “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.”      

All items left behind, if not claimed within three months, are donated to the local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops .

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