Fake-valet-auto-theft deterrence: Photograph the valet's face.

Fake-valet-auto-theft deterrence: Photograph the valet's face.

What an easy way to get a car. Just dress-up or act as a valet parker and wait for a sucker to hand you their keys. That's what some ballsy criminals do. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. 

One smart way to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of fake-valet-auto-theft is to use your smartphone to very obviously photograph the valet's face.

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Are female valet workers better than males?

Are female valet workers better than males?

The valet parking workforce in the United States is mostly made up of young men of college age. Female valet workers are unusual. It appears few are attracted to the work, which can involve a great deal of running in all weather conditions.

But if more women did step into these jobs, would they behave differently? Would there be less inappropriate behavior and fewer mishaps?

Maybe.

However, female valets do make the same dumb mistakes that male valets do, and some actually do abuse and damage the cars they are entrusted with.  

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On-demand valet parking service "llollo" arrives in Madrid, Spain

On-demand valet parking service "llollo" arrives in Madrid, Spain

The availability of on-demand valet parking services continues to spread internationally. "llollo" in Madrid, Spain is now up and running, joining Constapark in Bangalore, India and Tingchebao, now operating in multiple cities in China.

Also getting some buzz is "GoRyder," an on-demand valet parking service for college campuses that is not yet fully operational. 

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When an on-demand valet company expands to a new city, does it damage that city's traditional valet companies?

When an on-demand valet company expands to a new city, does it damage that city's traditional valet companies?

Luxe Valet leaked the news that they are coming to Philadelphia. That's my city. And boy, do we have issues. Parking is expensive. It's in short supply, and becoming scarcer. And we have a nasty, nasty parking authority that is ruthlessly efficient.

Local valet companies will rue the day that Luxe Valet became operational here—because this super-buzzed-about company with its exciting new parking solution is going to make talent recruitment much more challenging for the established valet companies here (that rely on getting suckers to work for peanuts).

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Thoughts on how the on-demand valet parking industry will evolve...

Thoughts on how the on-demand valet parking industry will evolve...

With all of the investor money being thrown into on-demand valet parking companies, I certainly was bewildered. But now I am beginning to see how valet parking might be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to services that could be ordered through these apps.

And some of these on-demand valet parking companies might suddenly maneuver to take away large-venue valet parking accounts from the older industry players.

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How to create a valet parking empire and avoid Obamacare obligations. (Maybe.)

How to create a valet parking empire and avoid Obamacare obligations. (Maybe.)

Using and exploiting low-paid valet workers as expendable cogs in a corporate machine where all that really matters is the fortunes of those at the top, is a flawed approach, in my opinion. 

There should be greater care shown to those who perform the actual work. A lot of valet workers feel they don't matter at all. They feel exploited. It's not a good thing for promoting loyalty, morale, and long-term productive employment. 

But what if that could be changed? 

Well here is a way to build an empire, avoid Obamacare to the greatest extent possible, and have career professional valet workers who take their jobs seriously.

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Just a reminder that there are good valets and schmuck valets. And you never know which ones you're going to get.

Just a reminder that there are good valets and schmuck valets. And you never know which ones you're going to get.

In the world of valet parking, there are good guys and bad guys. And you never really know which variety you are dealing with. Sometimes there are heros—the ones who go above and beyond and do the right thing. Often their good work goes unrecognized. Then there are the opportunistic bad apples, the incompetent, and the poorly trained, poorly behaved, and poorly managed. Ready for some valet parking industry insights? Click ahead...

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On-demand valet parking services spread to India

On-demand valet parking services spread to India

Constapark, the new on-demand valet parking company in India, has begun to get some buzz. If other entrepreneurs in foreign nations come to believe the Luxe/Zirx on-demand valet parking model is viable, then on-demand valet parking services probably will begin to spread to other major urban cities throughout the world, since parking space scarcity is a common problem in big cities everywhere.

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