Oxford named one of Uber’s ‘Most Forgetful’ Cities

Published 9:47 am Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Rideshare app Uber recently crowned Oxford its second-most forgetful city in the nation, as part of their 2020 Lost and Found Index.  

According to Uber, passengers often leave items in their cars, ranging from the obvious like backpacks and glasses, to the bizarre, like a boulder and a bag of wigs. 

The number one most forgotten item is a cell phone, followed by wallet and keys.  

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Oxford isn’t the only college town on the list, with Lubbock, Texas coming in at No. 1, College Station, Texas at No. 3 and Tallahassee, Fla. coming in at number 9, to name a few.  

The index also broke down the most forgetful days and times for passengers. Uber riders are most forgetful on Fridays and Saturdays, and late at night. New Year’s Day, Halloween Weekend and St. Patrick’s Day are the most forgetful holidays. St. Patrick’s Day also holds the distinction of being the most popular day to ride in an Uber. 

Lost items that peak on certain days:  

  • People are most likely to forget a stroller on Mondays 
  • People are most likely to forget their passport on Tuesdays 
  • People are most likely to forget jewelry on Wednesdays 
  • People are most likely to forget their ID on Thursdays 
  • People are most likely to forget cash on Fridays 
  • People are most likely to forget a bag on Saturdays 
  • People are most likely to forget a Bible on Sundays 

A statistic that Oxford likely contributed to is the color of items left behind in Ubers: red and blue items came in the top spot. Mustard and violet-colored items were the least forgettable, according to Uber.  

For those who do leave items behind in an Uber, the app says the easiest way to fix the situation is to call your driver directly. If a phone is the item left behind, don’t fear – there are simple procedures to access your Uber account from a computer and contact your driver that way.  

For more information on Uber’s 2020 Lost and Found Index, visit https://www.uber.com/newsroom/2020-lost-found-index/.