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Sunglasses, cell phones, the favorite teddy bear or piles of cat hair; it's all too easy to leave something behind when traveling. From the ordinary and expected to the absolutely bizarre and sometimes disgusting, car rental providers get a candid glimpse into the lives of travelers and have some shocking lost and found stories.
A little life after death.
One young car rental office employee in Seattle, Washington was in a state of disbelief when he found what he thought were human remains in the boot of a Toyota Camry. Mrs. Nany, as the skeleton was called, was a classroom learning tool and one-time stage prop for a school play. Looking like an exhumed body straight from the grave, the appearance of the skeleton, made to look dirty and with tattered clothing, sent the 22 year old Seattle employee assigned to clean out the rental car of a local drama teacher back into the rental office screaming.
Guess they just didn't see this coming.
One unfortunate fortune teller left their crystal ball in the glove compartment of her hired car in Luton, England, as well as a deck of very well-worn tarot cards.
Last seen driving a Renault Clio in Birmingham.
The well-kept toupee was found on the arm rest of the rear row seats. When contacted, the last customer to reserve the vehicle claimed to have no knowledge of the toupee, and said it had to have belonged to one of his clients.
They say this is what life is like.
"I'm not sure why I even opened the box, I don't like chocolate," said the employee who found a diamond engagement ring while cleaning out a car rental in Texas, USA. Feeling that the box was not empty he took a quick peek inside just before tossing it in a nearby dumpster, and to his great surprise the chocolates appeared to be entirely untouched, except for one of the center candies, which had been replaced with a ring.
We're looking at you, Columbo.
Discovered rolling around the floorboards of an estate car in Manchester, England, the glass eye was very realistic and no children's toy. Though it raised many questions, the story behind the eye was never told as neither the most recent renter of the vehicle nor the one previous claimed this very odd item.
Not suspicious. Not at all.
The small suitcase, left in a rental near Heathrow Airport, was found to contain several thousand pounds in cash. Promptly returned to its owner who missed their flight in coming to retrieve it, the suitcase full of cash officially remains a mystery though there is much speculation among the rental office agents.
Apparently Del Boy's Batman was planning a comeback.
The very odd, adult-sized batman mask was stashed inside the console of a car hire in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Amazingly, the car was completely clean inside when it was returned.
A trophy might not sound like an outrageous item to be left in a car rental, but I'm sure the story behind it was! The runner-up of the Mississippi State Mud Wrestling Championship might not add how they "forgot their trophy in the car" to their mud wrestling victory story.
Return to the Lost and Hound.
An elderly, sleeping terrier mix was found in the boot of a 4x4 car rental in Charlotte, North Carolina. The street dog, who had accidentally hitched a ride from the beach, was as surprised as the rental office employees when he found himself several hours away from home.
Hopefully part of a prank and not actually someone's forgotten, everyday dentures; the outrageous set of false teeth found in a Las Vegas, Nevada car rental contained real, semi-precious stones!