valet damage

Valet Tweet Lessons #5 - Valet damage & valet theft.

Valet Tweet Lessons #5 - Valet damage & valet theft.

Yep, even Maseratti's get damaged by valets. And Frank, in the bottom tweet, scratched another car...

Some people simply are not cut-out for valet work. Besides having good physical stamina, it takes real skill to operate so many different kinds of cars without messing them up.

And when valets are paid so poorly, with some being paid $2.13 an hour, (even as low as $2/hour) well, the talent pool can be shallow. 

Valet is a popular service in some places. And valet companies sometimes are doing all they can to

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Part 6: The Smart Way To Use Valet Parking Services

Part 6: The Smart Way To Use Valet Parking Services

The Perils Of Valet Parking A Manual Transmission Car

Warn your friends... it's a bad idea. REAL BAD!

When using a valet service, you might expect that each valet is an expert at driving and fully proficient with stick-shift cars. In reality, this is not the case. Valet companies have a difficult time hiring workers who can handle manual transmissions, so they end up hiring workers who don't have this skill.

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Part 5: The Smart Way To Use Valet Parking Services

Part 5: The Smart Way To Use Valet Parking Services

It is VITAL to inspect your car for new damage when it is time to leave.

After you valet parked your car, if everything went according to plan, those valet guys were a tiny bit spooked. 

They probably wrote on their ticket "manager only" or "experienced only" or "VIP," because they realized they definitely don't want anything happening to your car. 

Though it is always possible that you're dealing with morons and they didn't figure out that you are risky.

So you can't trust that they handled your car perfectly. You're going to have to 

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Have a complaint about a valet? Maybe you should hold back on it until after you leave.

An August 9th Yelp review for the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco says after the customer complained to management about rude treatment from the valet, that valet confronted them and yelled at them (in front of his boss). Later, the customer discovered that his 3 week old car had been KEYED.

Surprised?

I'm not.

Most valets are young men, and they definitely have the potential to be vindictive.

If you slight them somehow while also burning them on a tip, and if they get the chance... look out. There is a chance they will try to exact some justice, some valet karma. 

I have read a lot of Twitter posts by valets. One said he would push the windshield washer button until the car ran out of washer fluid as his method of revenge.

Others seem to take pride in releasing well-timed farts in the car. (They brag about it on Twitter.)

Mistreatment by the customer also invites... 

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