I have only valet parked cars at fancy places. I visited one of them yesterday, simply because I was walking by it.
After only hanging out for about 3 minutes, the valet manager walked up to the fellow I was talking to and said he had to go to the suburbs to pick up some car keys that one of his valets had accidentally left in another customer's car.
I think that's funny. Because...
- Nothing changes in this business. The same mistakes happen over and over again.
- And that's what happens when you have amateurs instead of career professionals doing the work.
The pay is generally quite poor for valet workers. (As low as $2.13 an hour in 19 different states.) Valet workers rely on the whims of their customers in whether they make a decent wage or not.
After a few bad shifts, valets begin to think about looking for another job.
Eventually, the valets who have a degree of competency leave for more lucrative opportunities. So then fresh new rookies are brought in. And they make a lot of dumb mistakes. Like leaving somebody else's key ring in a departing car. And then nobody knows where those keys went.
If only valet companies were able to pay a livable wage, then they would have employees who take the job seriously and the rookie mistakes would be much less common.