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ANYONE LOST A LEG OR THE KEYS TO A FERRARI?

9th Jan 2006


Where would you find Ferrari car keys, a laptop, a false leg and a pair of edible knickers? Where else but the Travelodge lost property office. Following a 'lost and found' inventory check of its 290 hotels, Travelodge has today announced the most mysterious objects left behind in their rooms during 2005.

From over six million guests, staying in 16,700 rooms with Travelodge each year, the top five bizarre items left behind were:
- Prosthetic Legs
- Ferrari Keys
- A Last Will & Testament
- Bridget Jones style Knickers
- 30 Power Ranger Dolls

Guy Parsons, Travelodge's Chief Operating Officer commented, "We are more baffled than ever by this year's assortment of items left in our rooms. The haul demonstrates the wide range of people that stay with us during the course of the year. Our most unusual finds for 2005 have to be a set of three prosthetic legs belonging to one guest and the keys to a 250,000 Ferrari. Needless to say, all items were returned safe and sound to their owners."

Top 10 items left in a Travelodge room in 2005:
1. Mobile phone and chargers
2. Clothing items
3. Toiletries
4. False teeth
5. Laptops
6. Electrical Gadgets such as ipods, digital cameras
7. Cash or credit cards
8. Jewellery or watches
9. Hen / Stag Night accessories
10. Keys

Travelodge's top three tips to avoid leaving items behind in a hotel are:
- Keep all of your items within eye-sight, so that it is easy to remember to pack them
- Before leaving the hotel room, check all cupboards, drawers and especially the bathroom, that you have packed all of your belongings
- Although you may have checked once, do a double and a triple check - Do a mental check that you are taking everything you arrived with

Regional breakdown of where Travelodge Lost & Found items were left:
North West - 14%
London - 12%
Home Counties - 13%
Wales - 13%
North - 11%
Midlands - 9%
Scotland - 7%
South West - 5%
South - 5%
North East - 3%
South East - 1%

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For further information, please contact:
Shakila Ahmed
PR Manager
Direct Line: 0121 521 6638
Mobile: 07802 702 499
Email: Shakila.ahmed@travelodge.co.uk

Notes to editors

The lost and found items were calculated from items left from January 2005 to December 2005 across all Travelodge Hotels.

- Laptops, mobile phones / chargers and electrical gadgets were mostly found in the London and Home Counties area
- Jewellery, cash and wallets were mostly found in the North West and South West
- Hen / Stag night accessories were popular in Glasgow, Manchester, Brighton and Bournemouth
- Clothes were popular in the North

Travelodge offers rooms from 10 at www.travelodge.co.uk

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