Updated 10:30 a.m.
Heading to the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday? Don’t forget anything in your Uber.
While making sure you always have your belongings is generally good advice, it’s also based on data when it comes to Saturday and the parade. Last year, March 12 (a.k.a. the day after the parade) was the the most popular day for Pittsburghers to report to Uber that they’d lost something.
Today, Uber released its second annual Uber Lost & Found Index, filled with data about the most commonly left behind items, the weirdest things, and when and where people misplaced their belongings in the last 12 months. (Look back at the most forgotten items from January to March 2017.)
Sunday, no surprise, is the most common day of the week across the U.S. for people to report items as lost. After that, it’s Saturday, Monday and Friday. Also not shocking — on Sunday, there’s a spike in people reporting lost phones.
And when it comes to odd items, here’s the top five for Pittsburgh:
- Case of beer
- Painting of Pikachu and a Pokeball
- Rainbow teddy bear
- Roller skates
- Speaker and a box of wine
The national list of “Most Unique (Outrageous) Items Forgotten in Ubers” contains some gems, too, including divorce papers, a green Birkenstock right shoe (how specific) and French bulldog statues. But the one we have the most questions about is this — “my brother.”
Anyway, here are the most commonly forgotten items both locally and nationally:
|ID / Driver's License||Backpack|
Here are a few more stats, per Uber:
- The most popular timeframe to lose something is 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. tied for the most common time.
- DuBois, Pa. tops the list for the most forgetful U.S. city, likely because as Uber pointed out, many of those Uber trips are around Groundhog Day as riders go to and from Punxsutawney.
As part of an effort to improve the Uber driver experience dubbed “180 Days of Change,” riders now pay drivers $15 for returning items. To report a lost item, use the Uber app to call your driver. Go to the menu, select “help,” then “Report an issue with this trip” and “I lost an item” to follow the directions from there. This handy video explains it, too.