It’s easy to get distracted when riding in a taxi or ride share vehicle so it’s understandable when people leave their phone or glasses in the back seat of the car. But to forget a propane tank or chihuahua? That takes some effort.

Uber recently released their annual list of the Most Outrageous Lost Items – why they track this I do not know, but it made for humorous reading. Items include the propane and puppy, but also a shopping cart, professional-grade hula hoop, a bird, a cheerleading skirt and lion head, deer antlers, a welding helmet, a full fish tank complete with fish and water, and a tray of eggs. More valuable left-behinds include a Babe Ruth signed baseball, birth certificate, and a full set of 18k gold teeth!

Two lessons from this story: 1) double check not only the back seat but apparently the trunk, when disembarking from a rented ride. My mom always had us “go on tour” before we left a hotel or guest room and it seems like instituting a similar practice would be beneficial for both passengers and drivers. And 2) as an organization, if you collect any kind of data, you likely can create a public relations story out of it – the whackier the better!

Source: Dogs to fog machines: Uber’s oddest lost items by Rasha Ali, USA Today, March 6, 2019, p. 3D

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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