Breast implants, a wand used in the “Harry Potter” movies and a pet python named Monty all have one thing in common, they’ve all been abandoned in hotels across the UK, according to an ABC News report yesterday. British hotel chain Travelodge representative Shakila Ahmed told The Independent, “Each year our lost and found departments provide plenty of revelations”. The discount hotel chain operates 527 locations throughout the United Kingdom, and releases an annual inventory report of items left behind by customers. The variety of items and their value highlights the vast cross-section of people who stay with them each year. “What is becoming evident after speaking to customers is that the pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that priceless processions are easily being forgotten”, the hotel rep said.
Besides the breast implants and the python, some of the other living things left behind include a 30 lb. micro pig, a Persian Chinchilla kitten and a bucket of crabs.
Other valuable things, aside from the more than $3,200 “Potter” wand, consist of an engagement ring worth more than $16,000 and an $81,000 Rolex watch.
False teeth, a diamond encrusted iPhone and a pop up spray-tan booth are some of the other oddball items abandoned in rooms last year.
While the company found plenty of strange and unique items, they say the 10 most common ones left behind were phone and laptop chargers, clothes, teddy bears, toiletry bags, books, electronics such as tablets and laptops, GPS devices, mobile phones, electric toothbrushes and luggage.
Perhaps the 7,000 copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey", of the 20,000 books left behind, played a part in the 76,000 teddy bears that were separated from their little owners.
The breast implants were left by a woman on her way to have cosmetic surgery who had ordered the appendages from the U.S. to save money.
IBTimes says Travelodge’s policy is to donate all unclaimed items to the charity “Cancer Research UK” if they remain unclaimed after three months of being misplaced by guests.
Over 13 million people stay in the company's hotels each year, and it’s believed the increasingly busy lifestyles of the customers are what drives the resulting items being “temporarily mislaid”.