The 12 strangest things left by guests in a Travelodge: Two Japanese Chin puppies, £250,000 in shares, five-tier Liverpool FC wedding cake and Santa’s sleigh were lost items in 2022
- Budget hotel chain has shared a sneak peak into the 2022 Lost and Found office
- Anything not claimed in three months is donated to British Heart Foundation
- One customer forgot two beloved puppies named JLo and Ben in Bath
- Another forgot an oxygen tank and £250,000 in shares were left elsewhere
A five-tier Liverpool FC themed wedding cake, two puppies named JLo and Ben, an oxygen tank and a Chinese dragon were among the strangest things left behind in Travelodge hotels last year.
The budget hotel chain has shared a sneak peak into the 2022 Lost and Found office, noting that anything not claimed within three months is donated to the local British Heart Foundation charity shop.
While jewellery, phone chargers and toiletry bags are the items most frequently left behind, spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said there is always a range of unusual items abandoned too.
This year, one guest staying at Bath Central Travelodge forgot her pair of Japanese Chin puppies called JLo and Ben.
The customer assumed her husband had taken the puppies in a separate car. It wasn’t until she got home to Cheshire she realised he thought she had them.
A five-tier Liverpool Football Club themed wedding cake, two puppies named JLo and Ben, an oxygen tank and a Chinese dragon were among the strangest things left behind in Travelodge hotels last year
‘Her husband had to drive back immediately to collect them,’ a spokesperson said.
The team at Manchester Piccadilly Travelodge got a fright when they found a two-metre Longwu Chinese dragon smiling at them when they entered a room after a customer had checked out.
And in Liverpool, the best man at a wedding found himself in hot water when he forgot to transport the Liverpool Football Club themed wedding cake to the reception.
The day was saved by hotel staff who crossed the city to hand deliver the five-tier cake.
‘With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 580 UK Travelodge hotels, for thousands of different reasons, we do get a range of interesting items left behind,’ Ms Ahmed said.
This year, one guest staying at Bath Central Travelodge forgot her pair of Japanese Chin puppies called JLo and Ben (stock image)
In Liverpool, the best man at a wedding found himself in hot water when he forgot to transport the Liverpool Football Club themed wedding cake to the reception
‘Interestingly the 2022 lost and found audit also revealed that we are a nation striving for a healthy lifestyle as we have seen a significant rise in smart watches being left behind in our Travelodge hotels during the last 12 months.
‘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.’
Another of the more unusual items was a life-size cutout of German football manager Jürgen Klopp, which was abandoned in the Liverpool Exchange Street Travelodge.
In Aberdeen, a sleigh full of Christmas presents was left behind, while an oxygen tank was found in the Manchester Upper Brook Street Travelodge.
A large Longwu Chinese dragon was left behind in Manchester Piccadilly Travelodge
A Santa sleigh full of presents and an oxygen tank were separately left behind in Aberdeen and Manchester Upper Brook Street
Meanwhile in Central Bank London, staff stumbled upon £250,000 worth of share certificates. A replica of the Queen Elizabeth II state imperial crown was found in Kings Cross.
A well known Instagram influencer left behind her ball gown made of flags from 54 Commonwealth countries at Birmingham Bullring Travelodge, and sent a car days later to collect the dress.
Meanwhile a chief executive who spent £15,000 on a personalised number plate sent his assistant 250 miles to Woking Central to collect it after he accidentally left it in his hotel room.
Meanwhile in Central Bank London, staff stumbled upon £250,000 worth of share certificates
Some of the weirdest items left in Travelodge in 2022
A life size cut-out of Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool Exchange Street Travelodge
A sleigh full of Christmas presents – Aberdeen Travelodge
A 5ft Chinese temple birdhouse – Bournemouth Travelodge
A LFC (Liverpool Football Club) themed five tier wedding cake – Liverpool Central The Strand Travelodge
An Oxygen Tank – Manchester Upper Brook Street Travelodge
Personalised ‘John’ number plate worth £15,000 – Woking Central Travelodge
A large Longwu Chinese dragon – Manchester Piccadilly Travelodge
Replica of Queen Elizabeth II state imperial crown – London Central Kings Cross Travelodge
£250,000 worth of share certificates – London Central Bank Travelodge
A pair of Japanese Chin puppies called JLo & Ben – Bath Central Travelodge
A ball gown made from the 54 Commonwealth country flags – Birmingham Bullring Travelodge
A 4ft light up Earth – Plymouth Travelodge
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