Thousands of items lost by revellers during the boozy celebration have been piling up at the Munich festival’s lost and found office. Those who think they have lost something can make a phone call or pay the office a visit themselves to see if the item has been found.
While it is relatively straightforward to find the owners of the many identification cards that are turned in – and often not that hard to figure out who owns the 400 mobile phones currently being stored – there’s not much that can be done to find the eight-centimetre-long grasshopper’s owner, unless he or she calls in.
Officials realize that people want to be reunited with their lost items. So they go through every effort to find owners. That means they will be digging through wallet, sim cards and other items where personally identifiable information could be.
Those who have lost something during Oktoberfest have until the end of January to make contact with festival organisers. After that date, lost property could be given or thrown away.
Some of the more interesting items waiting for owners include a faux Viking helmet, a megaphone and a dental prosthesis. There are also crutches and wheelchairs. In years past, glass eyes have also shown up in the lost and found office.
There are also many run-of-the-mill things, like 400 pairs of keys and a similar number of lost purses.