Uber Releases Index of the Items Most Often Left Behind by Riders
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If you’re one of the 40 million riders worldwide who use Uber to get around, you’ve likely left something behind in a vehicle that’s not your own. With that in mind — and with the upcoming retrograde dates fast approaching — today, Uber is releasing their second annual Lost & Found Index, which looks at the most common (and craziest) items left behind by riders.
Not only did Uber provide insight into what riders forget most often, we now know what day of the week this happens, what time of day and even a geographic tie to absentmindedness (hello, southerners).
“Every year, we see millions of riders from all walks of life ride with Uber — and the items that get left behind reflect that,” said Greg Brown, Critical Support Program Leader at Uber. “There are no surprises when it comes to the most commonly forgotten items — phones, wallets, and keys are to be expected. But it’s the more unique items — like a Ukulele, or a Star Wars encyclopedia — that remind us of how truly diverse and delightful our riders are.”
These are the top-10 items most frequently left behind in Ubers, domestically:
- ID/Driver’s License
Below, 50 of the more (ahem) curious items forgotten in Uber vehicles:
- Burger King visor
- Divorce papers
- Star Wars encyclopedia
- Gold grills with diamonds
- Originally signed Jessie James Decker CD
- Letter from my boyfriend who is in jail
- A 1.3-carat round diamond
- 2 packets of Dead Sea mud
- Bag with a Kevin Durant Jersey and a Mario doll
- Rhinestone mask
- Detox tea
- Tax returns
- Long board with rasta colors
- Slice of pizza
- Marriage certificate
- Cat carrier
- Box full of hair extensions
- Nintendo 64
- Bushnell Golf Rangefinder
- Dark green wool fedora with feathers and pin
- Bulletproof vest
- Flat screen TV
- A black collapsible wagon
- A green Birkenstock right shoe
- Jamaica slippers
- French bulldog statues
- Leaf blower
- Kids’ scooter
- Laundry hamper
- Fly fishing rod
- Minnie Mouse light up ears
- My brother
- Butcher knife
- Feather headband
- Chicken nuggets and large fries
- A single dart
- Emoji lunch box
- Orange air mattress
- A bride’s veil
- Pool queue
- Pink stuffed animal pig
- College diploma
- Pokemon card holder
- Red cape
- Forest green alpaca scarf
According to Uber, these are the most common days of the week to report items as lost, domestically:
Uber also looked at the frequency that certain lost items were reported as missing. As it turned out, some items are more likely to be lost on certain days when compared to the rest of the week:
- On Sundays, people tend to lose phones the most
- On Mondays, Uber saw a spike in lost glasses
- On Tuesdays, people seem to lose passports most often
- On Wednesdays, people tend to leave behind their books
- On Thursdays, people often lost their laptops
- On Fridays, Uber noticed people lost backpacks the most
- On Saturdays, there’s a spike in people losing money
Timing plays a role as well. These are the most popular times of day to lose items, according to Uber:
- 11:00pm and 1:00am tie for first place
- From 10:00pm until 2:00am, people are most likely to forget an item
- Uber saw the fewest lost items between 5:00am and 7:00am
- While commuters seem to remember their belongings on the way to work (from 7:00 through 9:00am), Uber noticed a spike in lost items in the post-work hours (between 4:00 and 7:00pm).
Based on Uber‘s report, these were the most forgetful days (the days items were reported as lost) of 2017:
- September 17, 2017
- October 22, 2017
- October 15, 2017
- October 1, 2017
- September 24, 2017
Like time of day and day of the week, geography factors in as well. According to Uber, the most forgetful riders in the country are here:
- DuBois, Pennsylvania
- Athens, Georgia
- Stillwater, Oklahoma
- Shreveport, Louisiana
- Boone, North Carolina
- Texarkana, Texas
- Nacogdoches, Texas
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Hattiesburg, Mississippi
- Monroe, Louisiana
A word to the wise: Do the “possession pat-down” next time you unbuckle your seatbelt and exit a vehicle. Once the phone/wallet/key check is complete, you’re one step away from avoiding being an Uber statistic.
Featured image courtesy of Uber
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