PUNE: Yogesh Adhav, 27, a city-based IT professional who was on a tour to Hyderabad in February this year, forgot his mobile and home key in a cab hired from an app-based cab service on his way to Pune airport. After continuous follow up with the cab service provider, he got his valuables a week after arriving in Pune. Yogesh was not the only person who forgot valuables in the cab, many travellers do the same when they are in hurry, said the officials of UBER.
According to a survey conducted by the Uber - Uber Lost and Found Index, Pune ranks seventh across the country. The second edition of the survey was released recently. According to this survey, Bengaluru stands first, followed by Delhi and Mumbai where a maximum number of persons had forgotten their valuables in the cab.
According to the company, over the past one year, phones, bags and keys top the list of items left inside the cab, together with ID cards, keys and an umbrella rounding up the top 10. But riders aren’t just leaving the usuals, everything from wedding gifts to gold jewellery, to LCD TV and child tent house have been reported as lost.
“With India emerging as the most forgetful country in APAC and Bengaluru continuing to be the most forgetful city and Pune stands with the seventh place, we will continue to make sustained efforts in educating riders about the in-app options available to them, in case they lose something in an Uber cab,” said Sanjay Gupta, Head of Marketing, Uber India and South Asia.
“As we approach mercury retrograde, the time of the year generally spurs bouts of forgetfulness, this fun and insightful index recognises Uber’s most forgetful riders and is a reminder to them to do a ‘possession pat down’ before they get off from their next Uber ride,” he said.
According to the Lost and Found Index, Pune puts itself on the map as the 15th most forgetful city in Asia-Pacific and 7th most forgetful city in India. The survey found that the highest number of lost items were reported on Saturday and Sunday. Six am and sluggish post-lunch hours between 1 pm - 4 pm were the most popular times of the day to lose an item. The most forgetful dates in 2017 in Pune were June 26, August 26 and December 31. Unique items lost by Puneites include a glucometer, exotic chocolates and a blank diary.
LIST OF FORGOTTEN ITEMS
- The most frequently forgotten items in Uber cabs in India are phones, bags, wallets, keys/key cards/lock, clothing, ID/licence/passport, eyewear, bottle, umbrella and jewellery.
- Most unique items forgotten in Uber cabs in India include cricket batting pads, gold bracelet, photo frame of rider’s grandmother, LCD TV, child tricycle, child tent house, Golda Chingri (fish), mosquito net, poker set and cat harness.
MOST FORGETFUL CITIES IN INDIA
1. Bengaluru 2. New Delhi
3. Mumbai 4. Hyderabad
5. Kolkata 6. Chennai
7. Pune 8. Jaipur
9. Chandigarh 10. Ahmedabad