Coachella 2012: Lost and found: Your phone
What is the most lost item at Coachella?
"Phones, phones, phones," says Kimberly Galdamez, who works both the information kiosk and lost and found at the festival. "We have whole sections of just iPhones, and then just phones."
There are hundreds, she laments.
"It's more common than you'd think. People leave them in Porta Potties, they drop them, they get stolen," she says. The list goes on and on.
"But people are turning them in, that's what's really weird," says another information officer working with Galdamez, who requested anonymity.
Also, it should be noted, you wouldn't lose your phone three times anywhere else. One can imagine the overwhelming smell of pot on the polo field might contribute to this particular state of affairs.
The second most lost item? Backpacks.
"It sucks for international people whose life is in their backpack and it just got stolen," Galdamez says. "It just breaks my heart."
Coming in third is credit cards, wallets and IDs. The latter I can relate to as a friend of mine just lost hers. We're certain, however, that a special angel is turning it into lost and found as I write this.
Photo: A music fan is illuminated by her cellphone while waiting for Mazzy Star to perform the first day of the Coachella Arts and Music Festival. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times