A worker at a South Beach hotel took a hotel customer's valet parked car for a ride to the local Walgreen's... to get a Red Bull energy drink. But during the trip he fatally struck a pedestrian and fled the scene. It wasn't long before he was arrested.Read More
Your ultimate payback weapon against a valet parking injustice is the "reputation damage campaign." Too many businesses offering valet parking to their customers through third party contractors think they can get away with passing the buck when something goes wrong. It is up to the victims to show that screwing over customers with lousy service is not a smart thing to do.Read More
It was a disastrous work shift for one valet in Atlanta late Friday night. He killed a woman and injured 5 others. This sad story has a lesson in it for both valet parking organizations and everyday people who might be in or near a valet staging area.Read More
This young man used his position as a valet worker to start his own little Youtube show. He took steps to hide who he is and who he works for... but he got sloppy. According to his name-tag, his name is Thiago. And he works for "Safety Park" in Los Angeles, California.Read More
Like most valet parking customers, this person trusted that the valets were professionals. Instead, they apparently were dealing with scoundrels who used the dark nighttime conditions to hide the damage they caused to their customer's vehicle.Read More
In this video, Inside Edition shows how easy it is to con a valet into giving a car away.
This actually happens. People really do get their cars stolen this way with the help of valet attendants.Read More
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.
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...Read More
If you know you are going to use a valet parking service, then empty your car before you go there. Take everything of value out.
You invite the disappearance of your things when you leave them in the car while valet parking. It is simply a big mistake to trust that the valets won't steal from you, or won't fail to secure your car.