Introducing The Uber Lost & Found Index

Everyone has experienced that moment of panic when you realize you forgot a personal item on a plane, bus, train—and in many cases, your Uber. To acknowledge Uber’s most forgetful riders, and to prepare for Mercury falling into retrograde in just over a week, we’ve created The Uber Lost & Found Index.

The Uber Lost & Found Index is a snapshot of our riders’ most commonly forgotten items (there are thousands every week!)—from keys to chargers to wallets—and the most surprising items left behind. It also highlights which cities are most prone to forgetfulness, and which days of the week Uber riders tend to be most forgetful.

We found that phones and rings are the two most commonly forgotten items, with chargers and sunglasses rounding out the top 10. Riders have also left everything from bulletproof vests and potted plants, to pool sticks and kites. Our riders never cease to surprise us!

Coming in at the top of the most forgetful cities in the North America is Los Angeles, California. And which day of the week do Uber riders tend to be most forgetful? We see the most reports on Sundays, presumably from items lost the night before.

The full results are below. Take a look.

10 Most Commonly Forgotten Items in Ubers

  1. Phone
  2. Ring
  3. Keys
  4. Wallet
  5. Glasses
  6. Purse
  7. License/ID
  8. Gloves/Glove
  9. Charger
  10. Sunglasses

50 Most Unique Items Forgotten in Ubers

Valuable Nordic walking poles
Sweet potato care package
Engagement ring
Rubber mallet
School papers
Hot Cheetos
Notary bag
Pool stick
Smoke machine
Pearl earrings
Wedding outfit
Hard drive
Bulletproof vest
Crime & Punishment (book)
Grill set
Meat packet
Corn hole boards
Wooden hat
Lottery ticket
Back massage device
Rose quartz
Elf cut-out
Tap handle
Expensive slipper
Harry Potter glasses
Salsa Verde
Potted plant
Dog sweater
Contact lenses
Arm sling
Jewelry box
Money bag

Most “Forgetful” North American cities:

  1. Los Angeles
  2. New York City
  3. San Francisco
  4. Chicago
  5. Miami
  6. Washington D.C.
  7. Atlanta
  8. Boston
  9. Toronto
  10. Dallas

Most common days to report items as lost:

  1. Sunday
  2. Saturday
  3. Friday
  4. Monday
  5. Thursday
  6. Tuesday
  7. Wednesday

Most forgetful days in 2016 (days items were reported as lost):

  1. October 30
  2. December 11
  3. December 18
  4. December 4
  5. November 20

We also took a look at the frequency that certain lost items were reported as missing. Turns out, some items are more likely to be lost on certain days when compared to the rest of the week:

On Sundays, we see the biggest spike in lost wedding dresses.
On Mondays, we see the biggest spike in lost skateboards.
On Tuesdays, we see the biggest spike in lost swimsuits.
On Wednesdays, we see the biggest spike in lost notebooks.
On Thursdays, we see the biggest spike in lost suitcases.
On Fridays, we see the biggest spike in lost briefcases.
On Saturdays, we see the biggest spike in lost plane tickets.

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.

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