It doesn't happen often, but sometimes a criminal will trick a person into handing over their car key. They pretend to be real valet workers. It's such a brazen thing that usually the victim just goes along with it, believing that everything is fine. Read More
When it is time to get the car back, that's when they realize they got conned.
Here is the protocol I suggest you follow when suddenly being in a mandatory valet parking situation...
A lot of valet workers consider themselves to be unfairly paid. This is how some of them justify stealing from their customers' cars. They feel they DESERVE IT.
Others steal because they simply believe they can get away with it. And it is a way to make extra cash.
Even if they are trustworthy, it's always possible they will forget to roll-up a window or ensure that all doors are locked. And then a passerby finds that an opportunity to plunder exists. Read More
The video in this article catches a lying, stealing valet in the act, and then the confrontation with a news reporter that follows...
Here's a valet moving Lamborghini sports cars around like the ultimate professional, but then he makes a dumb mistake. Read More
The valet parking service at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is in the news again. One of their workers allegedly stole a valet customer's gun that was left in their SUV. (It's not the first time this has happened.)
The other issue here is that Charlotte, North Carolina has a TV news station that loves to report about mishaps at this airport's valet service. Read More
WSOCTV has made it quite clear they will report news about every valet parking fiasco that happens at the airport. Yet the valet company in charge still manages to chum the waters with big hunks of meat that this TV station (seemingly) always lunges for.
How would you like to wait 5½ hours for a valet worker to get your car? That's what one Twitter user posted about her experience at a London airport's valet parking service. She and "hundreds" of others experienced one of the great valet parking fiascos of 2016 this past weekend... Read More
Valet parking is a risky thing.
Here is yet another incident involving a valet worker giving a car away to somebody who portrayed themselves to be the car owner, but wasn't.
More than a year later, the hotel and it's under-insured third party contractor have apparently not made things right. The car owner is suing. Read More
Could OnStar and other remote vehicle monitoring services capture bad behavior by valets? You bet they could. A dashcam is not the only way to see if valet workers are taking excessive liberties with your car.
Unfortunately though, there is a chance that automotive "telematics," in combination with bad valets, could affect your auto insurance premiums, if not now, then in the not-too-distant future. Read More
In Kansas City, a man visiting a casino to watch a professional fight got taken by surprise with incompetent valet work. According to this news report, his customized Audi was given away to a car thief.
"Why does this keep happening?" you might ask... Read More
Valet parking nightmares do happen in real life. Anyone using these services can be a victim. But there are things you can do to minimize your chances of being taken by surprise with a valet parking fiasco. Read More