WHAT REVELLERS LEAVE BEHIND AFTER A NIGHT OUT
in lost property at a nightclub
From conspicuous wealth to post-brunch revelry, Dubai nightclub staff must see it all, writes Mahak Mannan. And it’s no different when it comes to the items party-goers leave behind after a night out. Just ask the staff at the popular Dubai Marina nightspot Societe.
In the past year, they have found a glass eye, a gentleman’s cane and a Victorian-style monocle, along with the usual assortment of mobile phones and odd shoes.
Perhaps hinting at the popularity of post-work outings, laptops and gift bags from lavish corporate events are among the most common items found.
Gary Holliday, the owner of Societe Dubai, told 7DAYS: “Normally when I wake up, I have half a dozen missed calls, voice messages or texts from people claiming they have left their wallet, phone and other belongings.
“Although we do have a storage room where people can keep things like laptops if they are coming directly from work, they still manage to leave them behind. But things like laptops and wallets are easily traceable, so most of them are claimed. Shoes, clothes and gift bags are the more difficult ones and they are also the most interesting. Not a lot of people come back to claim those. We post the odd Cinderella shoe on our social media. We get a few responses and sometimes the shoe is reunited with its better half.
“We try to hold on to the belongings for as long as possible but we eventually submit lost credit cards and wallets to the police while clothes and other things go to charity six months after.”
Here, Holliday talks us through some of the items left behind recently...
1 glass eyeball “This one left us really flabbergasted. We found the single glass eyeball stuffed down the side of one of the sofas.”
1 monocle “Maybe this belonged to the guy who left his glass eye behind?”
230 mobile phones “From iPhones and Galaxies to old school Nokias, we have had every kind of mobile phone.”
1 rather risqué corset “We found it in the middle of the night, stuck down a women’s toilet…”
1 men’s walking stick “We saw this guy coming in with his walking stick – but leave without it. Clearly a night of cutting shapes to his favourite retro tunes loosened him up enough to walk home without it.”
147 bags full of presents and gifts “We find small bags filled with chocolates, flowers and more expensive items like bracelets and watches.”
25 odd shoes “Plenty of Cinderellas seem to leave behind a shoe and it begs the question, how are they walking home in only one stiletto?”
541 credit cards “A whopping number!”
322 earrings “They are never found in pairs, so we have ended up with this big bowl of odd earrings and no one ever seems to claim them.”