A family of rubber ducks, a set of ten bowling pins and even a birth certificate are among the bizarre items left in Hemel Hempstead hotel rooms in the last year.
Budget hotel chain Travelodge has compiled the list of unusual belongings forgotten in the two inns in the town’s centre and Maylands industrial estate.
As well as the bath-friendly birds and bowling alley pins, a pair of topiary trees, a large Buddha and a box of old records were also discarded.
The birth certificate joined an employment contract in the list of important documents also left behind in the town’s Travelodges.
Across the UK a prosthetic hand, a pug called Dancer and even a husband have been forgotten in Travelodge rooms.
Traveldoge spokesman Shakila Ahmedsaid: “As a result of Travelodge changing for a new modern look and feel, more new business customers and families have been staying across our 500 UK-based hotels.
“Therefore, this year’s lost ad found inventory list has revealed some new unique items being left behind.
“Our 2014 left behind register also revealed how much smart technology has become a part of our everyday lives, as we have had 12,000 tablets and smartphones left behind in our hotels in the last 12 months. This is a significant increase from previous years.
“What is becoming evident after speaking to our customers is that the pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”