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The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Offbeat: Metro

The Metro was littered on Inauguration Day with cell phones, thermoses, wallets, binoculars and, in one case, a Superman backpack – all of which had been lost by the millions of commuters who made the trek to the National Mall that day.

Fortunately for many of the commuters who discovered that they had misplaced different personal items after the inaugural revelry, the Metro has recovered and sorted many of the lost items and has reunited them with their owners.

According to News Channel 8, Lendy Castillo, manager of customer relations for the Metro, said that the Metro depot was still receiving lost items this past Monday.

“We’re getting some stuff in as we speak,” Castillo said. “Everything A to Z, so to speak.”

The D.C. Examiner reported that the lost-and-found office at the Metro receives approximately 3,800 articles per month. On Inauguration Day, the record numbers of items that were turned in ended up filling 12 boxes at the Metro storage room in Silver Spring, Md.

According to Metro Spokesperson Angela Gates, the hundreds of recovered belongings are brought to the main Metro office in Silver Spring.

“I was down there with some TV crews during the inauguration,” Gates said, “and there were just boxes and boxes.”

Gates said that the most common items are cell phones, keys, wallets, purses and glasses, but that other valuable items are occasionally found, such as laptops and, in one memorable incident several months ago, a preserved alligator head.

News Channel 8 said that Castillo and his staff will be sorting through the lost items during these upcoming weeks so that they can log them into their databases and then cross-reference them with descriptions submitted by the owners.

The items are catalogued by a computer system so that customers who have lost an item can submit an electronic form describing their misplaced belonging, and a computer attempts to match the description with found items.

“It’s sort of a step to save you from traveling all the way to Silver Spring when you can just do it from your computer,” Gates said.

The lost items are kept for at least 30 days and are then either destroyed, thrown away, donated to charity or auctioned. Gates was unsure of how much money Metro made from such auctions, but stated that the amount is negligible.

-Hoya Staff writer Kaitlyn Gallagher contributed to this report.

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