Things that went wrong with valet parking which might shock you...

Vehicle content theft.

Somebody left an unopened bottle of water in their car. After receiving their car back from the valet service, this is what they discovered...

How 'bout that? They helped themselves to the customer's water OR they forgot to lock the car and a passing street bum gulped down the water. My guess is a classless valet worker—who doesn't care if he loses his job—did that. 

I have the opinion that some valet workers are real scum. (SOME.) Stealing from a customer... that's what a scumbag does. They take your spare change in the cup-holder. They help themselves to your chewing gum, etc.

Two very nice cars were just stolen from a country club's valet parking service.

According to this May 31rst article, a car drove up. Two men got out. One got into a 2015 Mercedes "S55." The other hopped into a 2014 Mercedes S550. The valet service had left the keys inside both. The car thieves immediately drove the two cars away. Their accomplice in the arriving vehicle also drove away.

That S55 might be a typo. The writer probably meant S65. That's a $222,000 car. The S550 is around $100,000. Pretty good haul, huh?

Generally, valet parking services are sloppy when it comes to key security. Here is another example of how a valet service can lose your car to a thief...

The presence of a veneer of class at a luxury hotel doesn't always mean you'll get class when an issue develops...

In this TripAdvisor post, a first time visitor to the SLS Las Vegas—who had just spent $700 on a dinner outing there—experienced the disappearance of his brand new Ray-Ban sunglasses after using the SLS' valet parking service. According to this person's post, the SLS told him the loss of his sunglasses was completely his fault and they weren't going to do anything about it. 

It's actually possible that the loss of the glasses is not the valet service's fault. For example, one time I brought out somebody's Porsche. It was parked in a very tight space. With my long legs I had to be a contortionist to get into the car. The next time I was in the garage, I saw sunglasses on the garage floor in the space where the Porsche had been parked. I must have somehow knocked the glasses out of the car. We didn't have this fella's phone number or any contact info. (He probably thought I stole them and vowed never to return.)

It's also possible the valet left the car unlocked and a passerby took this customer's glasses.

Well, the SLS should have made efforts to appease this customer anyway. That's what a classy hotel should do. But in this case it appears they decided they were better off burning bridges with this customer (which surprises me).

*This SLS property is having labor/union issues.

Restaurant valet smashes customer's car, gets ticketed and a date in court. Valet service tells customer not to file a claim with them, but their own insurance company.

Nice, huh?

The victim of this incident asked the lawyer community at about how to respond to this. You can read the lawyers' responses HERE.

Why would a valet service do this? First, they probably have a very large deductible. Like $5000 or $10,000 or more. Second, claims can lead to increased insurance premiums or being dropped.

Generally, valet parking services will do whatever it takes to squirm their way out of a damage claim. 

Just another valet worker (apparently) getting high on the job...

That's somebody working at a hospital valet parking service.

(It happens!)