MANCHESTER, Tennesse — At a festival the size of Bonnaroo, people are bound to lose stuff. Like, a lot of stuff. We hit up the the Lost And Found to see what had been lost, how frequently items are reunited with their owners, and the strangest things they've found this year.
Oh, and, BTW, if you lost something and didn't have a chance to claim it when you were there, Bonnaroo holds the items for 60 days, and even has a virtual lost and found where you can search for anything you may've dropped/left behind/lost while jumping around to Kendrick Lamar.
20 pairs of sunglasses
The chance of realizing you've lost your sunglasses is pretty high when you step outside into the blinding light.
As a fellow asthmatic, I hope this person is reunited with this bad boy.
There were boxes on boxes full of wallets. There were even a few in plastic bags because they had been turned in by good (and brave) citizens who found them in the porta-potties.
30 IDs and credit cards
Credit cards, IDs, CVS Rewards cards—people lose 'em all. There was even one Happy Birthday check from someone's grandma for $30.
9 water bottles
While water bottles might not seem as valuable as other lost items, staying hydrated is paramount, and significantly raises the value of one of these.
1 TMNT onesie
Due to the unrelenting heat, it's easy to imagine whoever lost this fleece onesie is not missing it.
Some people lost not just an ID, not just a wallet, but their entire backpack. The people working at the Lost And Found told us that the majority of the items turned in are eventually reunited with their owners and, if they're still unclaimed after 60 days, they're donated.
1 miscellaneous box of fun
Between the grabby hand toy, two lightsabers, shoes, and floppy hat, this box contains everything you need for a good time. Not pictured: a parachute that had just been claimed.
SOS, someone, your Crocs are alive and well—and in a complete pair!—at Lost and Found.
There were about 200 phones total, 75 of which were iPhones. Pro-tip from the volunteers: unlock your phone before you get to Bonnaroo, it'll make getting it back easier.
4 charging phones
The volunteers don't just take in your phone and hope you come looking for it—they make sure to keep the phones charged and, if possible, text recent contacts to relay that your phone is safe and sound.
1 entire traffic director's uniform
Yep, even people working Bonnaroo lose their stuff.