A lot of distracted riders hop aboard Metro Transit buses and trains, veteran driver Tony Taylor tells WCCO – and they leave a lot of stuff behind when they jump off at their stops.
Among the 20,000 items collected from buses and trains every year: 1,200 bicycles, wallets and purses, gloves, money, electronic devices of all kinds and prescription medications, WCCO reports. Eyeglasses that go unclaimed are donated; unclaimed cell phones are recycled, WCCO reports. And then there is the food.
“I would say there’s some unusual lunches. I see one and say who would eat that,” Taylor said.
Transit officials have what they call a hall of fame for some items, and it includes a kiddie pool, microwave, television set and a raccoon tail. Perhaps the oddest item ever found: a box containing a skull.
Transit workers do their best to play detective when riders lose their things, and passengers are always grateful to get their belongings back, WCCO reports. One rider was reunited with his wallet after five days, and the $230 he had inside was still there.
The lost and found, 570 Sixth Avenue North in Minneapolis, is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed weekends and holidays. Most items are not kept more than two weeks.