Uber revealed its second annual Lost and Found Index—and you probably won't believe the results.
I’m sure most people will be able to relate to the panic of leaving an important item in an Uber. Most times, we take precautions, double-checking the floor and the seats after exiting the car, but on late nights, when its dark and the vodka shots have been flowing, sometimes you miss things. Usually it’s just an ID that slipped out of your wallet, or a set of keys—important items that it will probably be a hassle to replace or track down but not the end of the world. But what if you were in such a rush that you left behind your divorce papers? Or your flat screen television? Sounds impossible to forget—those items are just too important to misplace, right? Wrong. Because according to Uber’s 2018 Lost and Found Index, people have left all this—and much more—in the back of an Uber.
As you have probably already determined, the most common items people leave in the back of an Uber are a driver’s license, cellphone, wallet, or headphones. But much stranger items have been left behind as well: A Star Wars encyclopedia for instance, and a box of hair extensions. You can find the full list of lost and found items here (and maybe you’ll spot one of your precious possessions on the list).
There have been plenty of a food-related items as well let behind as well: A entire slice of pizza, a box of chicken nuggets, an Emoji lunchbox, a package of detox tea, a Burger King visor, and even a butcher knife have all been abandoned by their owners. The slice of pizza is the true tragedy here though—just imagine that passenger, psyched to eat his or her pizza (maybe after a long night of partying) only to realize too late that the pizza in question was sitting—still warm—in the backseat of the car as the it sped off into the night. Brings a tear to my eye.
Uber determined that most people loose their belongings between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., and honestly that makes perfect sense. When you’ve been drinking, you’re tired, and you just want to get home and crawl into bed, you’re bound to let something precious (like a 1.3 carat diamond, in one case) slip through your fingers.
Let this be a lesson to all potential Uber passengers: If you leave something weird in the back of an Uber, the company will publish it in an embarrassing list of other random things people have forgotten—and then frantically run after while watching the driver turn the corner. Do whatever you have to do: Write yourself a note on a Post-It and stick it your hand, repeat a mantra in your head, ask the driver to remind you, just don't get out of the car without your stuff. Maybe in 2019, we can make sure no pizza gets left behind.