Happens to me constantly, very annoying bug.
This is NOT including the wipe, just happened to me a couple minutes ago.
This is NOT on the private servers floating around out there, these are on the main servers hosted by Vilayer, Gameservers, etc.
Happened to me on US, GB, NL, and DE servers. Easy to reproduce, if you are freshly spawned, simply put your battery in your flashlight, wait a few minutes and log in and out a few times, between 1/3rd and 1/6th of the time you will log in as a freshly spawned character at a new location and without your battery in your flashlight. Happens most frequently when swapping between different servers, but DOES occur when logging in and out of the same server.