Monty the python tops list of bizarre items left behind in hotels
A python called Monty found in a Bristol hotel has topped a list of the most bizarre items customers have left behind in hotel rooms.
The pet python was found by a staff member in a room at the Bristol Severn View hotel.
Other items joining Monty on the list released by Travelodge are breast implants, a bucket of live crabs and a diamond-encrusted iPhone. While the company found the weird, wonderful and rare items mislaid, it said the 10 most popular items left behind were phone and laptop chargers, pyjamas or clothes, teddy bears, toiletry bags, books, electrical items including laptops and tablets, satnavs, mobile phones, electric toothbrushes and bags or suitcases.
The company said that during the last 12 months, more than 20,000 books were left behind in its hotel rooms – 7,000 of which were Fifty Shades Of Grey.
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One customer must have thought his luck had deserted him after placing his winning EuroMillions ticket under his mattress for safe keeping, but oversleeping in the morning and forgetting to pick it up.
The owner of two tickets to the Olympics – for what later became known as Super Saturday – quickly realised his mistake after leaving them at the hotel and rushing back before the events had started.
More mysterious objects included a pantomime horse, a pair of breast implants left by a guest who was en route to London for a cosmetic operation, a script for a soap opera, a box of 200 Queen Elizabeth masks and a wand – worth £2,000 – that was used in the Harry Potter films.
At the Basildon Wickford Travelodge hotel, an eight-feet pop-up spray tanning booth was left behind by a group of girls nursing their hangovers.
With more than 13 million people staying in the company’s hotels each year, it said it was finding that their busy lifestyles were resulting in items being temporarily mislaid.
Shakila Ahmed, from Travelodge, said: “Each year our lost and found departments provide plenty of revelations. Our customers’ left-behinds demonstrate what a cross-section of people stay in our 527 hotels.”