Python and wand amid lost property
Published 02/01/2013 | 13:00
A python, a winning EuroMillions lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand, breast implants, a bucket of live crabs and a diamond-encrusted iPhone have topped a list of the most bizarre items people have left behind in hotel rooms.
Budget hotel chain Travelodge has named some of the items relegated to their lost-and-found offices across the country last year.
Topping the most unusual items was a pet python called Monty who was discovered by a staff member in a room at the Bristol Severn View hotel.
While the company found several weird, wonderful and rare items mislaid, it said the 10 most popular items left behind were phone and laptop chargers, pyjamas or clothes, teddy bears, toiletry bags, books, electrical items including laptops and tablets, satnavs, mobile phones, electric toothbrushes and bags or suitcases.
The company said that during the last 12 months, more then 20,000 books were left behind in its hotel rooms - 7,000 of which were Fifty Shades Of Grey. Travelodge staff also reunited 76,500 forgotten cuddly bears with their owners.
With more than 13 million people staying in the company's hotels each year, it said it was finding the busy lifestyles of its customers were resulting in items being temporarily mislaid.
Shakila Ahmed, from Travelodge, said: "From keys to a Bugatti, Harry Potter's original wand, a micro pig, breast implants to a script from a well-known British soap programme, our customers' left-behinds demonstrate what a cross-section of people stay in our 527 hotels."
One customer must have thought his luck had deserted him after placing his winning EuroMillions ticket under his mattress for safe keeping, but oversleeping in the morning and forgetting to pick it up.
The owner of two tickets to the Olympics - for what later became known as Super Saturday - quickly realised his mistake after leaving them at the hotel and rushing back before the events had started.
More mysterious objects included a pantomime horse, a pair of breast implants left by a guest who was en route to London for a cosmetic operation, a script for a soap opera, a box of 200 Queen Elizabeth masks and a wand - worth £2,000 - that was used in the Harry Potter films.