Yes, valets do engage in aggressive, and even reckless driving.

 After a new valet gets some experience, sometimes they get bolder in taking chances with customer cars. Aggressive driving by valet workers happens all the time.

After a new valet gets some experience, sometimes they get bolder in taking chances with customer cars. Aggressive driving by valet workers happens all the time.

I saved Mr. Kreids tweet from about a year ago, and on a whim I thought I'd look him up to see if he is still a valet.

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It turns out he is. Unfortunately, he made a boast he shouldn't have on social media.

Oh boy... His very first time driving a 911 and he floors it WHILE IN A PARKING GARAGE? 

With an unfamiliar high performance sports car, you become acquainted with its power. You build-up familiarity with the machine over a period of time. And maybe later, if it's your own car, if you're in a wide open area with nobody and nothing around, where the road is flat, wide and dry, and visibility is good, where you already know EVERY NUANCE of this stretch of asphalt, MAYBE then you can "experiment" with it a little bit.

But really... horseplay in an automobile belongs only on a track, not on public streets. Certainly not in a parking garage.  

What this guy did... it's flirting with disaster. And it's absolute foolishness.

This reckless driving revelation by Mr. Kreids stirred my curiosity. So I kept digging.

Yah, I can relate to that. Some people have disgusting cars. There were plenty of times I drove cars with my head out the window like a dog to escape the unpleasant odors, even during the coldest nights.

My problem with this post is it's about a regular customer. It's really not appropriate to make disclosures like this on social media about customers.

Clever, sneaky and diabolical... (Young minds think of stuff like that.) I wonder if he has burned any of his customers with this type of revenge? 

Wow... Sounds like the guy was in a bad mood. Some people lack experience with valet parking and are confused about how it works. (I found it to be a routine thing.) 

Uh oh... That isn't a good sign. If you want to look it up on Google Maps, this is in Pittsburgh. So the guy is using the public streets as his personal stunt car race track.

Yah, I can understand him feeling that way. People can be absentminded. They have a lot on their minds. Simple mistakes like that can happen.

Uh oh, he did it again! He also said in a following post that he was so nervous about it that he was shaking. Yet, the horseplay didn't end since he said he drifted on public streets on October 28th (as disclosed in the post above).

There is also a "Timehop" post on his Twitter profile that says:

"Got clocked at 88. I was doing over 115.... I'm ducked"

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He further writes:

Well, good for him. Looks like he has gotten lucky. 

What I'm wondering is how he got hired 4 months later with a speeding ticket like that?

It seems he likes to play this game of seeing how close you can park a car to an object without touching it. Other valets I worked with were into that too. It's like a sport. An example from this valet's Instagram account:

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I see he's got a video on Instagram of him very skillfully backing up a car in a way that came extremely close to taking out a mirror. He's got skills. I'll give him that. But any abuse or recklessness with a customer's car, in my opinion, is intolerable. And this guy's social media posts show that he is prone to vehicular recklessness. It's not good. It's not funny.

And Mr. Kreids, if you happen to discover this blog post, I hope you grow-up soon and clean-up your act.

Valets have gotten killed on the job. Valets have killed other people while on the job (and have been sentenced to prison). It's not a game. Driving recklessly in the garage imperils your employer, your employer's client, and yourself.

If that car had a video surveillance system, or if a TV news crew had planted cameras in that garage, it would be all over the internet. 

Take the job seriously, as a professional should.

Responsible driving is a part of good citizenship. Drifting on public streets, where other people can be impacted by it... is something that fools do. Even if you've got great skills, it's just dumb. Save it for a track.

No matter how skilled they are, even if they are among the very best, every race car driver eventually crashes... because unexpected things happen, and because they push the limits. 

You are over-confident to think you will always have it under control. Please consider the impact of what your reckless driving could do to others.