The Oxford Bus Company has revealed the unusual items among thousands that were lost by passengers on its buses and coaches last year.
They include a light sabre, a fireman’s hat, vampire teeth, a man’s toupee and a letter detailing sexual fantasies. And for the second year in a row a Soviet Union hat was left on an Oxford Bus Company bus.
Staff at the lost property department recorded 2,800 items in 2018, a 1,323 reduction in belongings left on its services compared with the previous year.
Just under 1,000 were reclaimed by passengers who paid a £1 administration and storage fee for the return of their belongings to help towards costs. Unrecovered items are donated to local charities, or safely disposed of.
Josh Stone, customer relations officer, says: “In the past 12 months we have experienced a sizeable reduction in the number of items left on our bus network. We always seek to reunite passengers with their belongings, and we encourage everyone to check they have their personal items before leaving our buses.
“Unfortunately, a lot of things do get left behind, and we hold them for a fixed period in case they are claimed, so it is always worth getting in touch if you’ve lost something. Mobile phones and bags are the most common items left on buses, but we do collect quite a few unusual items as well.
“If an item is not claimed the driver who handed it in is entitled to keep it, but we do give a huge number of unclaimed items to charity every year. It is nice that we are able to help charities in this way and make sure items do not go to waste and subsequently help others.”
Ten of the unusual items left on its buses included:
- Sexual fantasy love letter
- A whip
- Set of vampire teeth
- Superman cape
- Soviet Union hat
- A boiled egg in a handbag
- A fireman’s helmet
- A man’s toupee
- A light sabre
- Pair of pants
The company does not say if any of these were left together or if they all arise out of separate incidents.