If you know you are going to use a valet parking service, then empty your car before you go there. Take everything of value out. Read More
You invite the disappearance of your things when you leave them in the car while valet parking. It is simply a big mistake to trust that the valets won't steal from you, or won't fail to secure your car.
A lot of valet workers consider themselves to be unfairly paid. This is how some of them justify stealing from their customers' cars. They feel they DESERVE IT.
Others steal because they simply believe they can get away with it. And it is a way to make extra cash.
Even if they are trustworthy, it's always possible they will forget to roll-up a window or ensure that all doors are locked. And then a passerby finds that an opportunity to plunder exists. Read More
The video in this article catches a lying, stealing valet in the act, and then the confrontation with a news reporter that follows...
Valet workers steal stuff. Not all of them do. But when it comes to valet parking roulette, you never know who, really, is driving your car. You might be one of the unlucky ones, like in this news report from Tampa's WTSP 10.
(Click through to watch the video.) Read More
When people valet park, sometimes things disappear. If you are unlucky, it will happen to you too.
Here are a few people who got burned when they automatically assumed they were dealing with honest, professional valet workers. Read More
Somebody made a big score when they found an unlocked car at a valet parking service in California.
You can never trust that the workers at a valet service will be honest, or that they won't screw-up and leave a car unlocked, or that they won't intentionally leave it unlocked and give one of their criminal friends a call.
Do the smart thing and remove all items of value before you use a valet parking service, or else you could be featured in police reports like these two people were. Read More
When it comes to valet parking roulette, sometimes you get a flawless transaction with no issues, and sometimes you are the unlucky one. Here are some recent examples of what happened when some of the unlucky people decided to indulge in the luxury of valet parking... Read More
Do an odometer reading when you first arrive at the valet's location. The best way to do this is by snapping a photo of the odometer with your smartphone. (While you're at it, snap a photo of your fuel level too. And then snap a photo of the valet's face and name tag.)
After you get it back, if the mileage is excessive, then you should negotiate compensation with the valet manager. (And the valet manager should know that they have a problem with one of their valets.)
If you are using one of these new "on-demand" valet services, then they will probably be driving your car a greater distance, since it appears they... Read More
As a valet, when you are driving the same route over and over again, it becomes quite easy to go faster than a person ordinarily would.
But when valets go a step further than that and are driving aggressively, if left unchecked, this driving behavior spreads to other valets.
Often, the manager is at a desk somewhere and not monitoring how their workers are handling their customers' cars. Valets know the boss isn't watching, so this makes them even more likely to... Read More
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 Read More