valet lost keys

Part 1: The Smart Way To Use Valet Parking Services

Part 1: The Smart Way To Use Valet Parking Services

It's smart to get educated on this topic, because...

...damage happens. Keys get lost. Things go missing from inside the car.

I know because I have seen all of this firsthand. I worked as a valet for nearly 2 years.

Valet parking services can be wonderfully convenient. They can add an element of safety to a night out on the town. And usually everything goes perfectly, as you would expect.

But bad things do happen. I'd like to help you out with information that can substantially reduce your chances of being the victim of sloppy valet work.

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What to do after a valet service loses your keys...

What to do after a valet service loses your keys...

People are astonished when a valet service loses their keys. They can't fathom how this could possibly happen. And they think the odds of it happening are probably similar to being struck dead by a bolt of lightning.

Well, I was a valet worker for 2 years, and I can tell you it's not as uncommon as you might think.

And it didn't just happen where I worked... this is an industry-wide thing! (Really!)

If your keys are missing, it means to me you didn't have a game plan for smartly using valet parking services. More about this later.

What to do: Take CONTROL!

This situation requires a leader. If one isn't stepping up, then this person has got to be you.

  1. Ask to have access to their key-board (where they store the keys). It's possible your keys have merely been misplaced on that board. You know what your keys look like better than anyone, so this could quickly resolve the problem.
     
  2. Simultaneously, the valet, supervisor or manager should make all valets check ALL of their pockets. If you are able to, see if... 
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