The Prague Public Transport Company (DPP) has released a list of the more unusual things that have turned up in its lost and found office.
The number of items left behind has been growing steadily in recent years: in 2017, passengers left some 6,453 items behind, and about 35 percent were returned. In 2016, 5,601 items were left behind and 2,170 were returned. In 2015, out of 4,746 lost items, 1,704 owners were found.
In 2019, passengers forgot 8,100 things on public transport (8.5% more than 2018). 2597 items were returned to the owners.
The list of items included travel documents, bags, backpacks, wallets, mobile phones, keys but also many stranger things ranging from live animals to musical instruments.
Among the most curious: denture, crutches, mandolin, saxophone, billiard cue, horse blinkers, boomerang, portable grill, frying pan, bra, pillow, and a bag with sawdust.
Someone managed to forget a French bulldog, a collie, and a few curs.
The DPP holds on to items for up to a week and then each Thursday gives them to the city’s lost and found.
People looking for lost items that are not still in the possession of the DPP can contact the lost and found at Karoliny Světlé 5. The phone number is 224 235 085, and there is an online form as well.
- Monday and Wednesday: from 08:00 to 17:30,
- Tuesday and Thursday: from 08:00 to 16:00;
- Friday: from 08:00 to 14:00.
- Lunch break from 12:00 to 12:30.
Lost animals are taken to shelters, and not the lost and found.
Items on which the owner is demonstrably known, such as ID papers and insurance cards, are transferred to the DPP’s Central Registry at Sokolovská 217/42, Prague 9.
For more information visit the lost and found website