Bengaluru is the country’s most forgetful city, according to an index released by taxi-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc. Photo Courtesy:- YouTube

Is IT capital Bengaluru the country’s most forgetful city? Yes, if you go by the number of essential things left behind daily by the passengers in cabs in various metro cities. A new report, The Uber Lost and Found India Index was released on Thursday by the taxi-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc. Karnataka’s capital is at the top of the ‘most forgetful city’ list, followed by New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata as the most forgetful Indian cities. The Uber Lost & Found Index, which gives us a list of the most frequently and most surprisingly ‘lost and found’ items by Uber riders.

Besides this, the index also shows that passengers are most likely to misplace their things on the weekends with Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights bringing out the worst, not only in Bengaluru, but also across the country.

The most commonly forgotten items are mobile phones, rings, chargers, hats/caps, bags, ID documents, sunglasses, keys and wallets, according to a list published by the Uber Lost and Found India Index, which also includes some unusual entries like puppies as well as a cheque for Rs 15 lakh. “Phones and rings are the two most commonly forgotten items, along with chargers and sunglasses. Surprisingly, there have been instances of riders have also left behind bullet-proof vests, potted plants, to pool sticks and kites, and even puppies,” Uber said in the report.

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December is the month in which the maximum number of items were missing. Last year, December 31 was also a Saturday, the most common day for Uber users to report a lost item, according to the index. Uber’s findings show over 2,900 cases of lost items have been recorded in Hyderabad alone. Which was approximately 10% of lost cases, that was reported during the last week of December, 2016.

Uber also provides facilities to get the lost items back through their app itself. Here’s a quick guide for riders looking for ‘Lost Items’.

  • Tap “Your Trips” and scroll down to select the trip where you left something.
  • Then tap on the “I lost an item” option.
  • Right there, you will see a “Contact my driver about a lost item” option, just tap on that.
  • Scroll down and enter the phone number you would like to be contacted at, and tap submit.
  • If you lost your personal phone, you can enter a friend’s phone number instead.
  • Your phone will ring and connect you directly with your driver’s mobile number.
  • 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.
  • If you are unable to connect with the driver, use ‘in-app support’ to report the loss and Uber Support Team will step in to help you.

“Everyone has experienced that moment of panic when you realise you forgot a personal item on a plane, bus, train, and in many cases, your Uber. To acknowledge Uber’s most forgetful riders, and to prepare for Mercury falling into retrograde in just over a week, we’ve created ‘The Uber Lost and Found Index’. Through this data and rider-insight-backed index, we want to bring the riders attention to the options available to them in case they lose something in an Uber, in a fun and playful manner,” said Christian Freese, general manager, Bengaluru, Uber India.

Following are the lists mentioned in Uber’s ‘Lost & Found’ India Index:

Most forgetful Indian Cities

  1. Bengaluru
  2. New Delhi
  3. Mumbai
  4. Hyderabad
  5. Kolkata

Most common days to report items as lost (in India):

  1. Saturday
  2. Friday
  3. Sunday

Most forgetful day in 2016 (days maximum items were reported as lost in India):

  1. December 31
  2. December 11
  3. December 27
  4. November 27
  5. December 12

Most forgetful week in 2016 (week maximum items were reported as lost in India):

  1. Week of December 26
  2. Week of December 19
  3. Week of November 21
  4. Week of December 12
  5. Week of December 5

Most forgetful month in 2016 (month maximum items were reported as lost in India):


Most Unique Items Forgotten in Ubers in India:

  1. Cheque worth 15 Lakhs
  2. Keyboard
  3. Puppies
  4. Expensive watch
  5. Expensive footwear
  6. Liquor bottles
  7. Wooden Planks
  8. Cabbage
  9. Grocery bags
  10. Cricket Bats

Most Common Items Forgotten in Ubers in India:

  1. Phone
  2. Ring
  3. Keys
  4. Wallet
  5. Hats/Caps
  6. Purse/ Bags
  7. License / ID
  8. Dongles
  9. Charger
  10. Sunglasses