LOL Ohhhhh yes, this thread speaks to me on a very personal level lol. My husband's pockets have always been a point of contention here.
He has never left a phone or anything really expensive in them, but pretty much every wash there is something. Pens usually, earplugs almost always, and sometimes (when I'm lucky) money. I always keep the money too hehe.
One day, I washed his favourite pen, which got ruined and also ruined the shirt it was in, and he had the AUDACITY to tell me it was my fault for not checking his pockets!! I told him at great length what I thought of that. And how bout I just stop washing his work clothes altogether and let him take responsibility for his own dirt for a change. Lol. I love him dearly and he is wonderful in other ways but not where housework is concerned.
Funnily enough, we have not had any pens go through the wash since then...