- A YouTuber posted a video titled “I Bought LOST LUGGAGE and RETURNED IT to the Owner.”
- Hope Allen, known as HopeScope, bought her followers’ lost items after making a callout.
- It comes as travelers face flight cancellations, delays and luggage mishaps this summer.
A YouTuber has gone to an unclaimed baggage store to purchase lost items and send them back to their owners.
In a video titled “I Bought LOST LUGGAGE and RETURNED IT to the Owner,” Hope Allen, who is better known as HopeScope, finds abandoned accessories, expensive electronics, lost Louis Vuitton bags, and other items to send back to the original owners.
It comes as passengers face flight cancellations, mishandling of their luggage, or having to get off plans they just boarded. American Airlines even lost a 12-year-old at Miami airport.
Allen, who has 1.8 million subscribers, asked them what items they had lost, and when. Safiya Nygaard, a YouTuber known as a treasure hunter, joined Allen’s quest to find these lost items.
In the video, Allen and Nygaard look for items such as a scarf, a blazer, sunglasses, hats, and even a Polaroid camera.
Their attempts to find the lost items didn’t turn out to be as successful as they hoped so they checked websites selling unclaimed baggage where they were able to locate more items.
They are generally unable to find the exact items, so instead buy similar replacements such as Gucci sunglasses for someone who lost their Marc Jacobs pair.
She then sent them back to the owners who claimed they had lost them, and asked for a video reaction. Most seemed pleased even if the items weren’t exactly the same as those they had lost.
Unclaimed baggage stores are not operated by airlines, which do not make any profits from the sale of unclaimed items. Once a bag has been held for about 60 days, carriers donate them to charity or sell them on.
A blog called Unclaimed Baggage says the craziest items they have found in lost luggage include a live rattlesnake, a camera from a space shuttle, and a platinum Rolex valued at more than $60,000.