Rick Astley doll also found in Shift house removal survey

Some of the strangest things removal drivers from a firm dubbed ‘Uber for moving’ been asked to move during house moves by customers in the UK have been revealed.

A coffin full of bones in the basement was revealed as the weirdest item, followed by a life-size blow-up doll of Rick Astley and a gold b*ndage suit.

Since May 2020, the removal platform has seen enquiries for house moves more than double.

An online delivery and removals platform has revealed the strangest items moved by its professionals during house moves in the UK, with a coffin full of bones and life size Rick Astley mannequin topping the list.

The platform, Shift, reached out to its community of movers asking them to submit some of the strangest items they have had to transport when helping customers move house, after an internal survey discovered that more than two thirds (65 per cent) have felt ‘uncomfortable’ when carrying out a job, and a further quarter (26 per cent) said this was due to what they were moving.

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The top 10 quirkiest items moved are:

1. Coffin full of bones in the basement

2. Crotchless Mr Blobby outfit

3. Life-size blow-up doll of Rick Astley wearing his Never Gonna Give You Up outfit

4. Gold b*ndage suit

5. Watermelon sized ball of human hair

6. N*de painting of Prince Charles

7. Six milk bottles filled with urine

8. 3 foot phallic toy

9. Taxidermy hamster wearing lipstick

10. A medieval morning star weapon

Internal data from Shift shows that the number of house moving quotes being processed by the platform has more than doubled (203 per cent) since May 2020.

When delving into the results further, the coffin was apparently full of a customer’s dead dogs that they didn’t want to bury.

The 1-metre dildo was part of a customer’s extensive collection of adult toys, and the Rick Astley doll belonged to an avid fan of the pop singer.

Shift is a convenient delivery, removals and transport marketplace that allows consumers and businesses to move items using its growing UK-wide network of drivers (‘Shifters’).

The company helps people move anything, anytime and anywhere around the UK – all at the touch of a button.

Using its unique technology systems, the flexible platform works for anyone’s schedule, as there are thousands of Shifters available, ensuring the platform is convenient and cost-effective for customers.

Tim Sheppard, Business and Operations Lead at Shift said: “We were amazed by how many weird, wacky and wonderful items our Shifters have moved when working on the job, you just never know what someone is hiding behind their front door.

“Whether it’s moving everyday items like fridges and sofas, or the more bizarre such as an eerie coffin and slightly creepy mannequin, our Shifters are committed to being able to move anything to anywhere, and although this can sometimes make them uncomfortable, they’re committed to getting the job done in a professional manner and never judge.”

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