A Prosthetic Eye? – Uber’s Lost & Found Index is Back

Did you leave your prosthetic eye, organic tomatoes or your sentimental metal straw in your Uber? Because somebody did…

A time that is attributed to forgetfulness, Mercury in Retrograde has come to an end. In perfect timing, Uber has revealed New Zealand’s quirky forgotten items with its sixth annual Uber Lost & Found Index. 

With good times and travels back in full swing, Kiwis are getting out and about. Uber’s list reveals the most surprising and most popular items left behind by Kiwi riders over the past year. 

The most forgetful day was New Year’s Eve, with Kiwis too busy celebrating the year to remember valuables. It has also been discovered that Kiwis are most likely to lose a watch on a Sunday – so keep a close eye on the clock and the day.

Along with a sewing machine, and a leaf blower, Aussies and Kiwis have exited Uber’s without the weird and the wacky. Check out the full lists – and most importantly, instructions for how you can retrieve your lost items.

The top five items that are were most commonly left behind during a trip over the past year:

  1. Phone/camera
  2. Wallet/purse
  3. Keys
  4. Backpack / bag / folders / box / luggage
  5. Glasses

The 5 most ‘unique’ lost items:

  1. A prosthetic eye
  2. Organic heirloom tomatoes 
  3. A trophy
  4. A sentimental metal straw
  5. A family member

How to retrieve lost items:

Check out the video below, which outlines the simple steps you can take the next time you leave something behind during your Uber ride.  

The best way to retrieve a lost item is to call your driver – but if you leave your phone itself in the Uber ride, you can login to your account on a computer. Here’s what to do:

  1. Tap “Your Trips” and select the trip where you left something
  2. Scroll down and tap “Find lost item”
  3. Tap “Contact driver about a lost item”
  4. Scroll down and enter the phone number you would like to be contacted at. Tap submit.
  5. If you lost your personal phone, enter a friend’s phone number instead (you can do this by logging into your account on a computer, or using a friend’s phone).
  6. Your phone will ring and connect you directly with your driver’s mobile number.
  7. If your driver picks up and confirms that your item has been found, coordinate a mutually convenient time and place to meet for its return to you.
  8. If your driver doesn’t pick up, leave a detailed voicemail describing your item and the best way to contact you.

If you’re unable to find a convenient time to meet the driver, perhaps consider using Uber Package to retrieve the item. You can learn more about this at uber.com/