I am astonished to learn that Transport for London and the private train companies have outsourced lost property found on their vehicles and at stations to private companies.
This will cost you £1 to retrieve from the lost property office. I suppose it would be worth retrieving if it was a decent umbrella. I doubt I would have paid more than that for any of mine.
This will cost you £5
and this a whopping £20, the laptop that is. I believe children are returned for free, at the moment.
I can see it happening here soon. It will begin as a token administration fee. I learnt about the fee from the latest series about England's public transport
system. There have been a few. I still have a couple of episodes of the
latest to watch. I am up to the part where the staff of Virgin are nervously awaiting the news whether Virgin's contract to run West Coast Rail will be renewed. I recall Pants having some very spiteful words about Richard Branson and his train operations.
Links to the first of each series, uploaded to You Tube. They are handy to watch when you have to do the ironing, cooking or CLEANING THE BLOODY OVEN.
The Tube (ITV/Sky 2003)
The Tube (BBC 2012)
The Railway - Keeping Britain on Track (BBC 2013)