A lifesize Barbie Doll and a box full of company accounts make the 2018 Travelodge list of bizarre 'left behinds' in Oldham

Date published: 03 January 2019

Where would you find a life size Barbie doll, a box full of company accounts and buckets of fresh flowers - where else but Travelodge’s Lost and Found office in Oldham.   

Today, the UK’s first budget hotel brand, Travelodge, has revealed some of the interesting items left behind in its 557 UK hotels during the last 12 months.

With nearly 19 million people annually staying in a Travelodge hotel with half of customers being business travellers customers detailed below are some of the other unusual treasures that have been left in Oldham:      

·         A life size Barbie doll

·         A box full of company accounts

·         Buckets of fresh flowers

·         A signed framed photo of the Manchester United football team

·         A Manchester tart wedding cake

Travelodge spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 557 UK hotels for a variety of reasons, we do get a range of fascinating items left behind. 

"This year’s audit includes: a brand new ice-cream van, a jilted groom, an amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, a 5ft teddy bear made of popcorn. a blue eyed Cockatoo called Brexit and even a replica of Megan Markel’s wedding dress.

“Interestingly as we have more business customers staying with us than ever before, we have seen a rise this year in important business papers, valuable items and lucky charms being left behind in our hotels.

"This includes a chest of semi-precious jewels, a rare bottle of vintage champagne, a Coutts cheque book and a 21 year old lucky penny belonging to a CEO. 

"When it comes to why so many customers forget their treasured items, there is one common theme, and that’s living in a fast and furious world, where time is of the essence, especially when getting from A to B.

"Therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”  

All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which have not been claimed within three months are donated to local British Heart Foundation charity shops, Travelodge’s charity partner.

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