As we kick off what’s expected to be the busiest summer of travel on record, and as Mercury finishes up its time in Retrograde – which astrologists say influences forgetfulness – we’re back with the sixth annual Uber Lost & Found Index, revealing the most surprising and most popular items left behind over the past year.
Each year, the Uber Lost & Found Index provides a snapshot of our riders’ most commonly forgotten and most unique lost items, as well as the cities that have been most forgetful, the times of day and days of the week riders forget items most, and of course, helpful tips on how to get lost items back using the Uber app.
Phones, wallets and keys topped the list of the most commonly forgotten items once again, but as we know, riders aren’t just leaving the essentials behind. Folks are forgetting everything from tins of caviar, to fingernail clippings, to Grandma’s teeth, to Bernie Sanders fanny packs and more. Austin, TX takes the cake as the most forgetful U.S. city for two years running, while St. Patricks Day and July 4 were the most popular two days of the year to leave belongings on the backseat.
The full results are below!
The 2022 Uber Lost & Found Index
The 10 most commonly forgotten items:
- Phone / camera
- Backpack / purse
- Headphones / speaker
The 10 most “forgetful” cities:
- Austin, TX (second year in a row at #1!)
- Charlotte, NC
- Houston, TX
- Indianapolis, IN
- Dallas, TX
- Kansas City, KS
- Atlanta, GA
- Tampa Bay, FL
- Columbus, OH
- Phoenix, AZ
The 50 most unique lost items:
- Some tater tots
- My fingernail is on the seat
- “It’s Boba Time” apron
- Foldable unicorn kid chair
- 500 grams of caviar
- My grandma’s teeth
- A Buddha locket
- Cat litter and a reptile heating bulb
- “Life is tough but so are you” blanket
- A grass cutter and tree trimmer
- Supreme underwear
- Pizza costume
- A sh*tty painting of a moose
- Unicorn band aid box
- A Billie Eilish ukulele
- 6 pool drains and an Employee of the Month plaque
- I lost 40 chicken nuggets
- Bernie Sanders fannie pack
- A crochet strawberry my girlfriend made me. It means a lot to me.
- Toy airplane
- Star Wars Yoda headband and Darth Vader helmet
- Part of my soft serve ice cream machine
- Metal leg
- Painting of Kung Fu Panda and pink air pump shaped as a pig
- A piece of my broom
- Antique walking cane with a sword
- 17 flowers and 3 milk teas
- Urn with pet ashes + urn of family member
- Tube for chugging drinks. Very expensive.
- Two pair of snorkeling goggles and a passport from China
- A power washing machine and a wooden carved fish
- Dream catcher and a deck of tarot cards
- Diamond grill
- Loose pear-shaped diamond. $1000 reward if found!
- A bucket of slime
- Small rhino sculpture
- A wig and a cloth
- Brown tortoise
- A single blonde strand of hair
- Spray tan machine
- Paw Patrol blanket
- Breast pump and a white cowboy hat
- 10lbs of hamburger meat
- Burger and banana fridge magnets
- A dart that says “unleash the beast”
- Ball gag and stethoscope
- A windmill
Most forgetful days / times:
- Uber riders across the United States are most forgetful on Saturdays and Sundays.
- People are becoming more forgetful in the early evening with people reporting the most items left behind between 4-6pm.
- Some of the most forgetful days of the last year were March 20 (St. Patrick’s Day Weekend) and July 4.
Lost items that peak on certain days:
- People are most likely to forget their glasses, chargers and cardholders on Mondays.
- People are most likely to forget kid’s items like car seats, pacifiers, milk, and strollers on Tuesdays.
- People are most likely to forget passports and books on Wednesdays.
- People are most likely to forget groceries and laptops on Thursdays.
- People are most likely to forget cash and fanny packs on Fridays.
- People are most likely to forget clothing, ID, and keys on Saturdays.
- People are most likely to forget phones, wallets, jewelry and makeup on Sundays.
2022 Lost & Found trends:
- Forgetful fans: More than 50 Jerseys from the Rangers, Warriors, Giants, Eagles, LA Dodgers and more were all left behind by fans.
- Keys: Toyota keys are the most frequently left behind, followed by Honda, BMW and Jeep.
- Timing is everything: 5pm is the most forgetful time of day.
- Beloved brands: Nike seems to be forgotten most, followed by Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Samsung and Apple products.
- CPAP machines: Over the last year, more than 40 riders reported leaving behind their CPAP machines.
- Sweet teeth: More than 30 riders for their retainers, more than 20 riders forgot their gold or diamond encrusted grills, and 5 folks left their dentures on the backseat.
- Musical instruments: Flutes, drums, trombones, ukuleles, dj equipment and more were all left behind this past year.
If you’re one of those people who left something behind, look no further than this video, which outlines the simple steps you can take the next time you leave something behind in your Uber.
The best way to retrieve a lost item is to call the driver – but if you leave your phone itself in an Uber, you can login to your account on a computer. Here’s what to do:
- Tap “Your Trips” and select the trip where you left something.
- Scroll down and tap “Find lost item.”
- Tap “Contact driver about a lost item.”
- Scroll down and enter the phone number you would like to be contacted at. Tap submit.
- Your phone will ring and connect you directly with your driver’s mobile number.
- If your driver picks up and confirms that your item has been found, coordinate a mutually convenient time and place to meet for its return to you.
- If your driver doesn’t pick up, leave a detailed voicemail describing your item and the best way to contact you.
- And if you lost your personal phone, and are unable to sign into the app you can be connected to support via webchat at the link here.