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    Lost and Found: Items Left In Uber Cars & Trends

    If you've ever forgotten something in an Uber, you certainly aren't alone. Especially if its your cellphone, camera, wallet or keys. Those are some of the items that Uber says are most frequently forgotten by passengers. But you may be surprised at what other items people leave behind. Uber shares a list in its Uber Lost and Found Index. It also highlights which cities have the most forgetful passengers, when people are most apt to forget items, and tips on how to get any lost items back using the Uber app. 

    2021 Uber Lost & Found Index

    The 10 most commonly forgotten items:

    1. Phone 
    2. Camera
    3. Wallet 
    4. Keys
    5. Backpack / Luggage
    6. Headphones 
    7. Glasses
    8. Vape / E-cig
    9. ID 
    10. Water bottle

    The 10 most “forgetful” cities:

    1. Austin, TX
    2. Fort Myers, FL
    3. Nashville, TN
    4. San Antonio, TX
    5. Tampa Bay, FL
    6. Houston, TX
    7. Phoenix, AZ
    8. Kansas City, KS
    9. Charlotte, NC
    10. Sacramento, CA

    The 50 most unique lost items:

    1. A tooth. It was in my pocket, and seems to have fallen out
    2. 22 bundt cakes and a pan of macaroni & cheese
    3. Washing liquid
    4. A nude corset
    5. Part of an ankle monitor
    6. FBI bullet proof vest 
    7. A cooler full of fish
    8. Fresh shrimp
    9. A rolled-up poster held with an elastic band. It says “end this bummer” with endless summer artwork
    10. A green dinosaur Halloween costume and a knife that is needed for job
    11. Rabbit legs
    12. Unicorn tail and a piñata
    13. A framed Beauty and the Beast signed picture in a plastic case
    14. Antique roller blades, Christmas plates & a cookie jar
    15. The fur cover for my knee scooter (cuz I broke my foot)
    16. A toilet seat and welcome door sign shaped like a lemon with a blue ribbon on it
    17. A sushi platter
    18. Large painting of Kate Middleton and a small painting of the grim reaper
    19. A lil purple hair bonnet 
    20. My bath set and a sack of potatoes
    21. Frozen meat, a lot of it
    22. Catheter
    23. A leopard print pink bikini
    24. Special items from Victoria’s Secret
    25. Wig brush, in the trunk
    26. A machine foot for sewing
    27. My neck brace and my diary
    28. Hospital scissors
    29. Otter plush animal 
    30. My Harry Potter wand and a feather pen
    31. False eyelashes and dish soap
    32. Headband with horns and an oxygen tank
    33. Mannequin head 
    34. My welding hood
    35. Black cane with a skull handle
    36. My birth certificate that was inside an Ugg earmuff box
    37. A popcorn bucket from Disney World
    38. Dog collar with a tag that says “nugget”
    39. A tattoo machine 
    40. Raw chicken and 20 pounds of salt
    41. A clear face shield with a ladybug stripe on the forehead
    42. Crystal chandelier 
    43. One can of crab meat and a package of lobster for business
    44. One pound of smoked salmon
    45. A prosthetic leg
    46. Wine and my edibles
    47. My dog’s ashes
    48. An angel charm
    49. Ham for Thanksgiving is in the trunk
    50. Mosquito net

    Most forgetful days / times:

    • As we’ve seen consistently across the world, Uber riders are most forgetful on Fridays and Saturdays, and late at night. 
    • People are most forgetful at 8pm, 11pm, and midnight – reporting the most items left behind at those times.
    • Some of the most forgetful days of the last year were November 1 (Halloween weekend), January 1 (New Year’s Day), and February 17 (late night after Mardi Gras).

    Lost items that peak on certain days:

    • People are most likely to forget backpacks and groceries on Mondays.
    • People are most likely to forget cameras on Tuesdays.
    • People are most likely to forget cash on Wednesdays.
    • People are most likely to forget celebratory items like birthday cards, cakes and gifts on Thursdays.
    • People are most likely to forget their IDs and baby items including car seats, pacifiers, milk, and strollers on Fridays.
    • People are most likely to forget jewelry on Saturdays.
    • People are most likely to forget phones on Sundays.

    2021 Lost & Found trends:

    • From staycation to vacation: And after a year of quarantine, it’s no surprise Uber riders are starting to choose safe vacations over another staycation! We’ve seen sunshine seekers forget Tommy Bahama beach chairs and snorkel gear, and we’ve seen ski bums forget snowboards and black diamond hiking poles.
    • Sweet tooth: More than sixty riders forgot their gold grills, Invisalign retainers, and full or partial sets of dentures. Not to mention the handful of folks who left behind single teeth. 
    • Life in color: Over the last year, riders lost turquoise and peach colored belongings least often, and it was red, blue, pink and green items that were left behind more frequently. 
    • Forget me not: Folks lost Apple products nearly nine times more frequently than Samsung products, and Gucci goods were left behind five times more often than both Chanel and YSL. But the brand least frequently forgotten? Clorox.
    • Cash cab: Riders left behind more than $60,000 in cash – with seventeen riders forgetting wads worth more than $1,000.

    If you need help locating a lost item, check out this Uber video. The best way to retrieve a lost item is to call the driver – but if you leave your phone itself in an Uber, you can login to your account on a computer. Here’s what to do:

    1. Tap “Your Trips” and select the trip where you left something
    2. Scroll down and tap “Find lost item”
    3. Tap “Contact driver about a lost item”
    4. Scroll down and enter the phone number you would like to be contacted at. Tap submit.
    5. If you lost your personal phone, enter a friend’s phone number instead (you can do this by logging into your account on a computer, or using a friend’s phone).
    6. Your phone will ring and connect you directly with your driver’s mobile number.
    7. If your driver picks up and confirms that your item has been found, coordinate a mutually convenient time and place to meet for its return to you.
    8. If your driver doesn’t pick up, leave a detailed voicemail describing your item and the best way to contact you.

    Photo Credit: Uber.