Valet gets caught joyriding with a customer's McLaren supercar.

Valet gets caught joyriding with a customer's McLaren supercar.

Valet workers are usually young men between the ages of 18 to 24. And in being young, their brains aren't yet fully mature. They are genetically wired to take chances, to pursue adventure and pleasure, and to seek thrills.

So when a valet is working the overnight shift alone, and nothing is going on for hours, and there's an exotic sports car sitting in the driveway and he (or she) has access to the key, well... that's a tempting situation. 

This is a case of a valet getting caught red-handed with taking a joyride in a car that never should have left the lot.

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Codeword tags can stop a valet from giving your car to somebody else...

Codeword tags can stop a valet from giving your car to somebody else...

Handing your keys to a valet and blindly trusting that everything will be okay is a common form of valet parking roulette. You should be taking steps to lower the chances of having problems.

Using a "codeword tag" is one thing you can do that will make it less likely your car will disappear while it is in the care of a valet parking service. (Which can happen!)

You can make one of these tags yourself, probably in just a few minutes...

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The Brutal Truth: 25 reasons why you shouldn't use a valet parking service.

The Brutal Truth: 25 reasons why you shouldn't use a valet parking service.

The brutal truth is... you cannot trust that your car will be safe, that nothing bad will happen. People visit my site every day looking for answers about what to do after their valet parking experience went awry. Don't be like them. Acquaint yourself to the risks of using these services.

Here is a list which shows what can go wrong -- from the slightly inconvenient, to the crushing aggravation and stress that can result.

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