Businessman sends assistant on 500-mile trip to pick up documents he left at Dundee hotel

A businessman’s assistant was forced to travel almost 500 miles to pick up company accounts that he left on a trip to Dundee.

The unnamed company worker left behind the documents at Dundee Central Travelodge, where he was staying on a two-day business trip, and sent his assistant to come and collect the vital papers from London.

The exterior of Dundee Central Travelodge
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The papers find was one of several examples of items left at Travelodge’s 43 Scotland hotels in 2017.

Other ‘items’ left behind include land deeds, a mother-in-law, a 10m Nessie, keys to a Ferrari, a 50 year old teddy bear, a magnum of Scottish Mist and a Scottie dog called Taggart.

With nearly 19 million people annually staying in a Travelodge hotel across the UK , some of the unusual treasures that have been left behind in Scotland include:

• A politician’s speech (Edinburgh Princes Street)
• Company accounts (Dundee Central)
• VIP tickets to see Little Mix at Falkirk Stadium (Falkirk)
• A 100 year old secret family recipe book (Inverness City Centre)
• Bagpipes (Peterhead)
• Swarovski encrusted wellington boots (Edinburgh Central Queen Street)
• A coin collection worth over £200,000 (Perth A9)
• A 6ft antique Grandfather Clock (Livingston)
• Bespoke Vera Wang Tartan wedding dress (Helensburgh Seafront)
• Cinderella’s lost slipper from the Christmas pantomime (Glasgow Central)
• A magnum labelled Scottish Mist (Dumfries)
• A replica of Ben Nevis made from Shortbread – (alternative wedding cake) (Fort William)

Interestingly, the hotel chain has seen a growing trend in forgetful brides. One new bride staying at Glasgow Queen Street Travelodge left behind her mother-in-law – she only realised when she got home that she had forgotten her most important new family member.

Whilst one bride staying at Helensburgh seafront Travelodge left the hotel on the day of her wedding without her bespoke Vera Wang tartan wedding dress. (She was getting ready at the venue and her maid of Honour had to make a detour to pick up the dress.

One bride staying at Inverness Travelodge forgot to tell the best man to take her wedding cake to the wedding venue. Luckily the hotel team managed to organise transport and get the five foot wedding cake which was a replica of Ben Nevis made from Shortbread and Dundee cake to the wedding venue in time for the cake cutting ceremony.

One executive left behind his 50-year-old teddy bear called Rupert at Aberdeen Travelodge. The distressed gentleman sent his PA to personally collect the vintage bear from London as he could not sleep without him.

The housekeeping team at Stirling Travelodge got a lovely surprise when they were greeted by an adorable Scottie dog called Taggart. His owner had gone into town to meet a friend for a coffee and meant to come back and pick up Taggart but completely forgot and only realised when he hit the motorway and then made a speedy return.

Also, the hotel manager at Glasgow Central Travelodge was quick to track down the pantomime company who had left behind Cinderella’s ‘lost slipper ‘an hour before Cinderella was set to go on stage.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman, said: “The running theme our customers do tell us, is that the pace of modern life is so fast and furious that time is off the essence especially when getting from A to B and therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”

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