Someone left a training bag filled with sex toys on a train in Toronto

From mittens and masks to a bag of sex toys – people left a lot of things on the Metrolinx trains this year.

Some of the items in Metrolinx’s Lost and Found, left on GO Transit or UP Express trains, are a reminder of the past year, according to a blog post by Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx Head of Media and Public Relations.

“These misplaced treasures are curious and sometimes filled with stories of the resilience of the human spirit in 2021 – including COVID test kits and masks,” Aikins wrote.

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Gloves and hats are usually left in the winter months.

The more mundane things of the lost and found include mittens, scarves, hats, umbrellas, socks and jackets.

“Everyone is donated to needy charities if it is not claimed,” Aikins says.

During the holiday season, wrapped Christmas presents are sometimes left by accident.

Surprisingly, people also leave behind valuable items.

The latest iPhones, iPads, expensive AirPods and the latest gaming systems are currently in the lost and found.

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Someone lost a Cort guitar this year.

“A recently leftover beauty of a guitar that I like to imagine owned by a brooding rock star will soon – I hope – be asserted,” says Aikins. “I can wait until he comes back for it.”

Unfortunately, there are also stories of distracted families who have left teddy bears owned by their children and are facing the hell of chemotherapy treatments, she says.

“Reuniting worn stuffies with hospital badges on their wrists with the sick kids they comfort always leaves me in a puddle while I rush home to hug my kids and grandchildren,” she says.

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Sticks and umbrellas are commonly left behind.

There have been bizarre lost items over the years, including a “very ornate sword hidden in a stick was never claimed,” a gold mouth grill (which was claimed), and the front grill of a car (not the same person).

A beautiful urn full of the ashes of a recently departed father was once left on the train. Staff searched for the owner, and Aikins even went through death notices to search for clues. The ashes were claimed.

Perhaps one of the strangest things found this year was a bag full of sex toys.

“The annual Toronto sex show may be on hiatus during the entire pandemic, but there is currently a training bag full of unique, intimate items in Lost and Found,” writes Aikins. “If it’s yours, we promise no questions asked.”

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A T-Fal grill was another strange object left behind.

Most valuables such as purses and purses are claimed, she says.

There was one such story this year about a woman who lost her purse on a GO train, but a friendly stranger brought it to Lost and Found.

“It’s very gratifying,” our staff says, “to be able to tell a panicked traveler who has misplaced his wallet or passport that another customer handed it over before they even got home,” she says. “Tears of joy run alongside great sighs of relief. Promises to pay it forward are given.”

Anyone who has lost something (even a bag of sex toys) on a Metrolinx train or bus can contact the Lost and Found section of the York Concourse at Union Station.


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