Valet parking, LOL.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by tzhu07, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. puma1552 Suspended

    Nov 20, 2008
    If I had a beater, sure, who cares.

    But I'm not foolish enough to turn over the keys to a 400+ hp car to some pimply faced kid with a hard-on for fast cars. Seen too many videos of valets joyride/abuse/trash/total nice cars.
  2. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I hear you with solid 10's. Although I don't own a high horsepower car these days, I don't trust young people with my car. I suffer from major OCD. Even the slightest ding not caused be me (which never happens) would drive me bananas. Valet parking?? no ********* way!
  3. srltzz342 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2014
    I've seen it in the city a few times. Parking can be an extremely difficult ordeal in the right areas.
  4. JamesMike macrumors demi-god


    Nov 3, 2014
    I have used valet parking for 30 years and no bad experiences so far.
  5. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Every time I visit San Francisco I usually stay at the same hotel and the valet parking saves a lot of time and headaches.
  6. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020


    Jan 31, 2015
    Ahh The Capital Grille- great restaurant. I haven't been to the one in Back Bay in about a year. There is another one in Brookline/Chesnut Hill that I haven't been to but I hear it's not as good. I was at the Chart House last month where they valet park. We forgot to give the valet the smart key to the car so 10 minutes after sitting down on the 3rd floor the valet awkwardly showed up at the dinner table asking for it.

    Valet parking isn't uncommon for hotels, restaurants, large medical offices, and hospitals in cities such as Boston since parking is scarce and the garages are usually down the street. Even outside of the big cities, there are a restaurants that just have limited parking. I know a few places that aren't that expensive that have valet parking just because it would be a nightmare for the customers.

    I don't usually mind valet parking and I've never had an issue with damage. In some cases, I trust valets to park the cars more than the general public who may not be used to small parking spaces in parking garages. The country club my parents belong to also has valet parking that find ridiculous because the lot is right next to the building. Then I feel obligated to tip for something I could have easily done myself.

    A few years ago when I was in college I had a couple friends who valet parked for the Taj Boston Hotel on the weekends. They told me in general the people who drove average cars- Toyotas, Hondas, etc tipped far better than the people with expensive cars- Austin Martins, Bentleys, Maserattis, etc. Apparently, the many of the super luxury car drivers wouldn't tip at all.

    I usually tip $3-5 upon pickup depending on the location. If I'm parking overnight I may consider tipping on drop off as well because I assume it won't be the same guy working the next morning.
  7. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    unfortunately valet exists because the chances are you're not going to find a parking place on your least not one that won't require a 10 min bus ride to get to wherever it was you were going......assuming there's actually bus service that is

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