A diamond tiara, a collection of lightsabers and a miniature Shetland pony called Pudding are among the items left behind by Travelodge guests last year.
To accompany the usual phone chargers, wallets and keys, the hotel chain has released its list of the most bizarre belongings to end up in the lost and found department, broken down by location.
For example, at its Aberdeen Airport branch, an oil big wig was probably left a little sweaty after staff found a stray business contract between two petroleum companies.
• Unusual items stolen from hotels
Meanwhile, in Ayr, on the west coast of Scotland, someone forgot their Shetland pony.
Staff at Oldham Chatterton were left to find the owner of “a mother-in-law called June”, while the lost and found department at one of the Sunderland branches was graced with “a collection of prosthetic legs with different shoes”.
London Travelodge’s have taken into their custody an array of unusual items, including a family’s secret pasta recipe in Southgate, a 50-year-old stamp collection in Farringdon and a suitcase of Disney princess outfits at King’s Cross.
At the Bank branch in the city, somebody misplaced a business contract written in Mandarin.
In a similar vein, someone left a “set of company accounts” at the Travelodge in Inverness, while a prenuptial agreement was clearly not given the attention it deserves in Cardiff. Rather more concerning was the “set of manuals on how to fly a plane” found at Crawley, a town about 15 minutes from Gatwick Airport.
And finally, a very distraught Star Wars fan must be out there somewhere, after staff at Birmingham Newhall Street Travelodge found a collection of lightsabers in different colours.
“I lost the contract” Photo: Fotolia/AP
• £31m of valuables lost under the snow
The most regularly left behind items makes for a less exciting read, with chargers, tablets, mobile phones, kindles, ties, teddy bears and sat navs all in the top 10.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokesperson, said: “Our 2015 left behind register has revealed that we have become a nation obsessed with smart technology, as we have had a noticeable increase in chargers, tablets and smartphones left behind in our hotels during the last 12 months.
“What is becoming evident after speaking to our customers is that the pace of modern life is fast and furious. We are controlled by time and eager to get from A to B therefore valuable possessions are being forgotten.”
Sure. But what’s the excuse for the pony?