UK hotel chain Travelodge has released its annual list of bizarre articles guests have left behind in their rooms. The lost and found inventory list for 2015 ranged from divorce papers to a canoe and a pet pony.
The miniature Shetland pony, Pudding, was not actually left behind in their Ayr Travelodge room by his owners. Instead, they asked the reception staff at the hotel to look after him while they took care of a few things.
The receptionists became concerned after a few hours when the owners had still not returned and the Shetland was staring expectantly at them. Another strange lost item was left at the Oldham Chadderton Travelodge. Guests there left the mother-in-law behind.
Other unusual lost items were a load of Jimmy Choo shoes rammed into a suitcase, a set of bagpipes, a copy of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown and a painting of the town hall in Manchester. Guests still managed to forget more mundane items such as laptop computers, smartphones and the chargers for them too.
Travelodge spokesperson Shakila Ahmed said that the profusion of mobile devices left at the hotelier’s 506 UK premises seemed to indicate Britons were embracing technology with open arms. She noted that percentagewise the amount of forgotten mobile devices and accessories was increasing year-by-year.
Travelodge says that forgotten items are stored for three months. If their owners have not claimed them within that time they are given to charity shops in the locality that the hotel is in.