Uber Releases Index of the Items Most Often Left Behind by Riders

Mar 15, 2018

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Whether you blame it on jet lag, Mercury being in retrograde or possibly the Henny, all of us have forgetful moments where we leave something behind — possibly on an airplane and often in a car.

If you’re one of the 40 million riders worldwide who use Uber to get around, you’ve likely left something behind in a vehicle that’s not your own. With that in mind — and with the upcoming retrograde dates fast approaching — today, Uber is releasing their second annual Lost & Found Index, which looks at the most common (and craziest) items left behind by riders.

Not only did Uber provide insight into what riders forget most often, we now know what day of the week this happens, what time of day and even a geographic tie to absentmindedness (hello, southerners).

“Every year, we see millions of riders from all walks of life ride with Uber — and the items that get left behind reflect that,” said Greg Brown, Critical Support Program Leader at Uber. “There are no surprises when it comes to the most commonly forgotten items — phones, wallets, and keys are to be expected. But it’s the more unique items — like a Ukulele, or a Star Wars encyclopedia — that remind us of how truly diverse and delightful our riders are.”

These are the top-10 items most frequently left behind in Ubers, domestically: 

  1. Phone
  2. Wallet
  3. Keys
  4. Clothing
  5. Glasses
  6. Bag
  7. Backpack
  8. Vape/E-Cig
  9. Headphones
  10. ID/Driver’s License

Below, 50 of the more (ahem) curious items forgotten in Uber vehicles:

  1. Burger King visor
  2. Divorce papers
  3. Star Wars encyclopedia
  4. Gold grills with diamonds
  5. Originally signed Jessie James Decker CD
  6. Letter from my boyfriend who is in jail
  7. A 1.3-carat round diamond
  8. 2 packets of Dead Sea mud
  9. Bag with a Kevin Durant Jersey and a Mario doll
  10. Rhinestone mask
  11. Detox tea
  12. Tax returns
  13. Long board with rasta colors
  14. Slice of pizza
  15. Marriage certificate
  16. Ukulele
  17. Cat carrier
  18. Box full of hair extensions
  19. Nintendo 64
  20. Bushnell Golf Rangefinder
  21. Dark green wool fedora with feathers and pin
  22. Flute
  23. Bulletproof vest
  24. Flat screen TV
  25. A black collapsible wagon                                         
  26. Jetpack
  27. A green Birkenstock right shoe
  28. Harmonica
  29. Jamaica slippers
  30. French bulldog statues
  31. Leaf blower
  32. Kids’ scooter
  33. Laundry hamper
  34. Fly fishing rod
  35. Minnie Mouse light up ears
  36. My brother
  37. Butcher knife
  38. Tuxedo
  39. Feather headband
  40. Chicken nuggets and large fries
  41. A single dart
  42. Emoji lunch box
  43. Orange air mattress
  44. A bride’s veil
  45. Pool queue
  46. Pink stuffed animal pig
  47. College diploma
  48. Pokemon card holder
  49. Red cape
  50. Forest green alpaca scarf

According to Uber, these are the most common days of the week to report items as lost, domestically: 

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

Uber also looked at the frequency that certain lost items were reported as missing. As it turned out, some items are more likely to be lost on certain days when compared to the rest of the week:

  • On Sundays, people tend to lose phones the most
  • On Mondays, Uber saw a spike in lost glasses
  • On Tuesdays, people seem to lose passports most often
  • On Wednesdays, people tend to leave behind their books
  • On Thursdays, people often lost their laptops  
  • On Fridays, Uber noticed people lost backpacks the most
  • On Saturdays, there’s a spike in people losing money


Timing plays a role as well. These are the most popular times of day to lose items, according to Uber:

  1. 11:00pm and 1:00am tie for first place
  2. From 10:00pm until 2:00am, people are most likely to forget an item
  3. Uber saw the fewest lost items between 5:00am and 7:00am
  4. While commuters seem to remember their belongings on the way to work (from 7:00 through 9:00am), Uber noticed a spike in lost items in the post-work hours (between 4:00 and 7:00pm).


Based on Uber‘s report, these were the most forgetful days (the days items were reported as lost) of 2017:

  1. September 17, 2017
  2. October 22, 2017
  3. October 15, 2017
  4. October 1, 2017
  5. September 24, 2017

Like time of day and day of the week, geography factors in as well. According to Uber, the most forgetful riders in the country are here:

  1.  DuBois, Pennsylvania
  2.  Athens, Georgia
  3.  Stillwater, Oklahoma
  4.  Shreveport, Louisiana
  5.  Boone, North Carolina
  6.  Texarkana, Texas
  7.  Nacogdoches, Texas
  8.  Jackson, Mississippi
  9.  Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  10.  Monroe, Louisiana

A word to the wise: Do the “possession pat-down” next time you unbuckle your seatbelt and exit a vehicle. Once the phone/wallet/key check is complete, you’re one step away from avoiding being an Uber statistic.

Featured image courtesy of Uber 

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