It may be that Londoners
off when they are in the comfort of a taxi
- or they may have had one too many after a hard day at work.
The capital's cab users have emerged as the most forgetful passengers in the world, leaving behind a bizarre haul of personal possessions including a machine gun and a blow-up sheep.
A survey of cabbies found that passengers lost more than 50,000 mobile phones in just six months. Among other valuables were a wooden leg, an antique telescope and a bag of diamonds worth ВЈ100,000. One peeved man even left his drunken girlfriend sprawled on the back seat "as a tip".
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London's taxi drivers also emerged as an honest bunch, with 96 percent of lost mobile phones being returned by drivers and 97 percent of laptops. Many cabbies reported chasing after passengers to return their property although one was rebuffed when trying to give a man back his suitcase, which turned out to be packed with pornographic material.
Licensed Taxi Drivers Association spokesman Richard Massett said: "All sorts of things do turn up in the back of cabs. Laptops, phones, umbrellas and briefcases are the most common but we do get wooden legs and the story of the diamonds is quite correct."