If you’re out on the town in Melbourne on a Saturday night and grab an Uber, chances are high you might just leave your mobile phone behind.
Worse still, you could also forget that LCD TV or a shotgun belt you just bought, according to Uber’s list of lost item claims made in Australia last year.
Operating in over 600 cities around the world, the US-based ridesharing company says Australians lodged 64,484 claims over the last 12 months including some wacky and weird goods and chattels.
Saturday was the most popular day to leave something in an Uber, with Sunday not far behind, and Melbourne was the most forgetful of all the Australian cities – perhaps boosted by the fact that claims made in 2017 peaked on the weekend of March 26, when Albert Park also hosted the Melbourne Grand Prix.
More concerning is what we’re leaving – or carrying - in the back of stranger’s cars. Wigs, stereos, TVs, X-rays, a shotgun belt and 18k gold smoke pipe were just some of the peculiar items users claimed to have lost. But the claims aren't limited to personal effects.
Over the ditch, a New Zealand man put in a request for a mate he left beached on the back seat.
However, it was mobile phones that topped the list of most commonly lost items, making the process of logging into the mobile phone app and lodging a claim all the more difficult.
Uber says to make a claim users simply open the 'your trips' option and tap 'I lost an item' to get in contact with the driver for a potentially awkward conversation.