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      Travelodge reveals its bizarre lost & found

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      Travelodge has revealed some of the items left behind in its 557 UK hotels during the last 12 months.

      Items include a Blue Eyed Cockatoo called Brexit, a jilted groom, a replica of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, an amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, a chest full of semi-precious stones, an ice cream van and a 5ft teddy bear made of sweet and savoury popcorn.

      With nearly 19 million people annually staying in a Travelodge hotel and half of customers being business travellers customers, the list of other belongings found left behind is unusual to say the least. These include: 

      ·       A Louis Vuitton Man Bag containing designs for a new a new product launch (Glasgow Central)      

      ·       A business plan for a pop up shop (Portsmouth)  

      ·       A suitcase full of business books (High Wycombe Central)

      ·       A 21 year old lucky penny belonging to a CEO (Oxford Abingdon Road)

      ·       A bag full of scratch cards to be used as wedding favours (Birmingham Bull Ring)

      ·       A flat pack greenhouse and a life-size scarecrow (Bristol Central)

      ·       A gallon of water from the Loch Ness (Edinburgh Queen Street)

      ·       A ‘ TOTT3NH4M’ personalised number plate (Liverpool Central Exchange Street)

      ·       Two Persian cats called Moet and Chandon (Swindon Central)

      ·       A 5ft handmade chocolate Easter bunny (Beaconsfield Central)

      ·       A glass eye (Manchester Trafford Park)

      ·       Three Butterfly Tail fish in a decorated tank called Kim, Kourtney and Khloe (London Covent Garden)

      ·       A doggy throne (Telford Shawbirch)

      ·       A vintage bottle (1943) of Champagne worth over £1000 (London Waterloo)

       Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman, 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 & furious world, where time is off the essence, especially when getting from A to B, therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.” 

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