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Stranger things: The most peculiar items business travellers have left in hotel rooms

Business travel is often time-sensitive, so perhaps rushing is the reason corporate customers have a habit of leaving their bizarre belongings in hotel rooms.
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When leaving hotel rooms, it’s customary to have a thorough look to make sure everything is packed, but apparently not for many guests at Travelodge.

Indeed, the cat’s out of the bag – quite literally in one case – as the hospitality company revealed the craziest items its business customers have left behind in hotel rooms.

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Let’s hope that more care is taken with the running of these hapless travellers’ businesses, however, as some of the most lucrative goods left behind include a keys to a Delhi mansion, a Rolex, a three-piece Tom Ford suit, a Swarovski charm, keys to a Mercedes AMG and, most alarmingly, annual company accounts and invoices.

Seemingly this forgetful trend is only like to continue – Travelodge said there has been a threefold growth in the number of business customers staying in its hotel rooms across 525 locations than ever before.

Taking monetary value out of the lost items, factoring in personal value, one CEO left behind his teddy bear of 40 years. Moving onto real animals and one customer left their shitsu, Harold, behind and realised after getting 40 minutes up the motorway, while a British blue shorthair cat called Yoda was forgotten in Cardiff.

“As more business travellers than ever before are staying in our 525 Travelodge hotels, we are seeing some new and interesting business related items make our annual lost and found audit,” said Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman.

All lost items that haven’t been claimed within three months are donated to local charities.

Decide the weirdest forgotten possessions – and in general, the most common items – left in Travelodge hotel rooms on the next page.

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Zen Terrelonge

Zen Terrelonge is the deputy editor of Real Business, specialising in media, innovation, technology and the digital sector. A media professional with eight years worth of experience he has worked for both startup and established publications.

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