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Dead stuffed monkey tops poll of strange items left in european taxis

 Summer survey in Paris, London and Amsterdam reveals what people get up to in the back of cabs

London, UK., 26 August 2011 – A snake, a dead stuffed monkey, €4,000 in cash, a naked woman and a gallon of diesel are just some of the strange objects that can be found lurking in European taxi drivers’ cars.

Data backup specialist Acronis interviewed over 250 taxi drivers in London, Paris and Amsterdam to find out the weirdest items that have ever been left in their cabs. Alongside these extraordinary items, people also regularly leave items from the illegal to the mundane, including condoms, drugs and sex toys, as well as coats and umbrellas.

Top 5 strangest items: London

  • Dead, stuffed monkey
  • Drunken man’s sleeping wife
  • Gallon of diesel
  • Police man’s helmet
  • Bag of cement

Top 5 strangest items: Amsterdam

  • €4000 in notes
  • Black karate belt
  • Cocaine
  • Pram
  • Bin bag of rubbish

Top 5 strangest items: Paris

  • Snake
  • A woman who got in the taxi with clothes on and left without them
  • Pressure cooker
  • Walkie talkie
  • Women’s lingerie

“It can be a real challenge to recover personal belongings lost in the back of a cab, especially stuff like laptops and mobile phones which hold confidential and important personal data.  Londoners and tourists don’t just need to keep their wits about them on the streets or in the back of a taxi, they should make sure all their personal data is also backed up safely at home or online,” explains David Blackman, General Manager, Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Notes to editors:

All items were returned to their owners where possible. The survey was carried out in August 2011. 

About Acronis

Acronis sets the standard for cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage through its innovative backup, anti-ransomware; disaster recovery, storage, and enterprise file sync and share solutions. Enhanced by AI-based Active Protection technology, blockchain-based authentication and a unique hybrid-cloud architecture, Acronis protects all data in any environment, including physical, virtual, cloud, mobile workloads and applications.

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