Hundreds of items found after Sevens

Sevens punters' lost property piles up

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 16:56 04/02/2013
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LOST: Hundreds of items were lost - and then found - at the Sevens, and will be disposed of unless owners come forward within three months.

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Dude, where's my - if you were at the Sevens this weekend, the answer may be at Westpac Stadium's lost-and-found property collection.

Hundreds of ID cards, mobile phones, credit cards, wallets and items of clothing are left behind each year at the rugby tournament, and it takes four stadium staff almost a week to sort through, stadium marketing manager Steve Thompson said. 

"Pockets are the last thing you design in costumes so every year we get the usual collection."

One lucky punter even recovered his misplaced bum-bag containing hundreds in cash, lost on Friday and picked up by a stadium cleaner.

People suffering from mobile phone- or Eftpos card-withdrawal kept the phone ringing all day from yesterday, Mr Thompson said.

While there were a number of items confiscated from people's costumes - gang patches, high-vis vests and toy weapons were banned - the haul of lost property is getting smaller and year by year.

"It was a good, well-behaved crowd, so less is lost."

Found property was kept by the stadium for three months, and if still unclaimed, is disposed of.

Anyone with property lost during their time at the stadium should call (04) 473 3881.

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