UK hotel chain reveals its most bizarre lost and found items for 2017

2018-01-10 20:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - A hotel chain in the UK has revealed some of the lost and found items guests left while they were staying at their hotels during the past 12 months.

With nearly 19 million people annually staying in a Travelodge hotel, Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokesperson says some of the items include a "Starchaser space rocket, a WW2 bravery medal, a diamond Indian bridal necklace called a Mangala sutra, a pilot’s licence, tickets for the Orient Express, land deeds, and a Lionhead rabbit called Bugs Bunny." 

Interestingly, the hotel chain says it has seen a growing trend in forgetful brides. 

One new bride staying at York Central Travelodge left behind her Mother-in-law and only realised when she got home that she forgot her most important new family member. 

LMAO! Yeah right, how can you forget a whole fully-grown human being? 

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Travelodge says another bride staying at Birmingham Bullring left the hotel without her diamond Mangala Sutra (estimated cost of R30K) - which is an Indian wedding necklace with the same significance as a wedding ring.

Quick question How committed was the bride that she left the equivalent of her wedding ring behind?

As if a fully-grown human being and a diamond necklace wasn't enough, Travelodge says the hotel manager at Manchester Trafford Park Travelodge got quite a shock when they found a 27 foot or 8m long ‘Starchaser’ space rocket at their hotel.

A pilot, from a well-known airline, was in quite a rush to get to the airport that he left his pilot’s licence at Gatwick Airport Travelodge. Luckily the hotel manager flew to his rescue and personally took the licence to the airport.

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With more business customers staying at Travelodge than ever before, the hotel chain says it has also seen a number of precious items being left behind such as one executive who left behind his 50-year-old teddy bear called Rupert at Aberdeen Travelodge.

The distressed gentleman sent his PA to personally collect the vintage bear from London as he could not sleep without it.

And one superstitious businessman had to take a day’s holiday to come back from the Netherlands to the London Bank Travelodge to collect his rare Montblanc, Meisterstück Solitaire Skeleton Fountain 'lucky' pen, worth £8 000 (about 134K at R16, 97/£) as he said he could not sign any paperwork without it. 

One businesswoman sent a car to pick up her 24ct gold, lucky laughing Buddha necklace which she forgot at Bicester Travelodge after an extensive shopping spree.

Listed below are some of the bizarre items left behind at some of the 542 UK Travelodge hotels throughout 2017.

SIDENOTE: All items left behind in Travelodge hotels that have not been claimed within three months are donated to local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops, Travelodge’s charity partner. 

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