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Forgetful taxi customers leave phones, keys and even shoes behind

A new survey also revealed 55 per cent of people like their drivers to have the chats with them on topics like the economy, sports and politics.

A NEW SURVEY conducted by taxi app service Hailo reveals we are a forgetful nation with customers leaving a variety of items behind them – even their shoes.

The survey of 500 people revealed 42 per cent of people have left their mobile phones behind them in a taxi. Umbrellas, wallets and keys were also among the most commonly left behind items and a very forgetful 12 per cent of respondents in the survey have left their shoes behind them in a cab.

An unfortunate 57 per cent of people surveyed said they were unsuccessful in getting back an item they left in a taxi.

Some 55 per cent of people like their driver to engage in a conversation with the economy being cited as the most popular topic in Irish taxis. Over 52 per cent of respondents favour sports as a topic of conversation during their journey and 46 per cent like to chat about politics with their driver.

The research also revealed that half of people surveyed have waited over half an hour for a taxi and 56 per cent of people fear for themselves or a female friend getting taxis alone.

Read: Smartphone taxi service launches in Dublin>

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