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Joe Elliot with mobile phones left behind on buses in Dublin

Joe Elliot with mobile phones left behind on buses in Dublin

Joe Elliot with mobile phones left behind on buses in Dublin

Rabbits, violins and mobile phones - these are just some of the hundreds of items left on Dublin buses this year.

Joe Elliott, who works in the Dublin Bus Lost Property Office in Earl Place, is one of the staff who deal with the hundreds of items left behind on the city fleet by customers every month.

From everyday stuff to the unusual, the Dublin Bus worker has seen it all.

"We did get live rabbits left behind on the bus, and we rang the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) and they took them because we couldn't hold them," said Mr Elliot.

"We had a walker left on the bus this year and a relation came in to claim it."

There has been an increase in the number of items left during 2014.

"I think it's because more people are using the bus," said Mr Elliot.

"We get around 30 items a day, and that can include a lot of hats and gloves."

School bags are another item regularly left on buses.

Meanwhile, wallets sometimes come in with a lot of money in them - and they are not always claimed.

"With the wallets, we put them into the book. If they're not claimed after a year, the passenger who handed it in gets it.

"Quite a lot of people reclaim their stuff. If it is not collected, it goes to charity after a month.

"We get guitars and violins left behind on the bus, but they are always claimed."

Monday is a very busy day for the lost property office after the weekend, with people leaving their glasses and keys and gloves behind them.

If the mobile phones are not claimed, they go to the Jack and Jill Foundation.

"Dublin Bus has a Twitter account so people can look at it to see if their phone is on it," said Mr Elliot.

A fee of €2 applies for each item claimed to cover the costs of managing lost property.

fdillon@herald.ie


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