Most of us who travel have left behind something, whether a pair of nice sunglasses, or some slippers under the bed. Some of you have left some rather strange items over the years. Other common items left behind are toiletries, cash, food, and jewelry. But that does not make a very interesting story. Here are a few that do succeed in piquing our interest.
$16,000 in Cash Left behind in a hotel courtesy car, found by the doorman at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. Heads up to my friend John (head doorman) at the Inn at Spanish Bay. I am sure you have some good stories to share.
Marriage License I wonder how long the marriage lasted? This would not be a good sign of a long and happy marriage. Perhaps it was a “secret” marriage?
Christmas Presents Some people went shopping in Boston during the Christmas holidays. They bought gifts, had them wrapped, and hid them under the bed. Unexpectedly, they were called home on an emergency on Christmas Eve. The family called and asked for the items to be shipped. A staff member drove the gifts to Washington, DC, a mere 8 hours away, so the gifts would be there on Christmas morning!
Rabbi Costume This hotel found a rabbi costume, complete with hat and beard. Nobody ever called to reclaim the items. Perhaps it was the rabbi from the Seinfeld episode?
Love Letter A guest called the hotel to retrieve her lover’s distraught love letter, along with a bottle of perfume. The perfume was called “Amor, Amor”.
Guns and Ammo The maid found the gun and ammo under the bed. It turns out that many hunters use the hotel as their base for hunting trips. It just did not seem likely in a pastoral British inn.
Luggage Not an uncommon item to be left, but this was a complete set of luggage, along with expensive sporting equipment. The couple called the Vegas hotel and asked that all of the items be donated to charity. including the expensive ski equipment.
Bags of Marijuana These were found, not in a guest room, but in a stairwell. Since the hotel was in Vancouver, perhaps the guest did not want to carry it back across the U.S. border?
French Maid Outfit How ironic, that the hotel maid would find a French maid outfit left behind.
The most famous story of left behind items comes from New York City. Famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma left his cello in the trunk of a taxi he upon his return from Carnegie Hall. The $2.5 million cello was retrieved by a bevy of hotel staffers contacting everyone in midtown Manhattan. Of course, it never hurts to stay at The Peninsula Hotel!