Originally Posted by Corkscrew
For 2 1/2 years I lived at The Oriental. Now I go there frequently for lunch, etc. I know the valets (long time employees of the hotel) and I give them a good tip so they keep my car up front in that private car port. It is really convenient and ding free.
I worked as a valet parking attendant in LA California on what was called "Restaurant Row" and here is the truth, as of the early 70's:
1) You may think the company that is running the parking operation has insurance, but must likely it does not, it is usually subcontracted out to company that just changes it name when legal matters get to expensive.
2) The key to being a park attendant, is park the car as fast as you can, so you can come back to get the next car and get the car as fast as you can so you can deliver the car. So when your car disappears from your view, the gas pedal is press down. If a parking structure is used it is common to "bottom" the car down as it travels through the turns, speed bumps and etc.
3) One restaurant that I worked at had a very small parking lot so the overflow cars where parked on residential streets not far away, the car keys where just place on top of the front or back tire.
4) Doing slow times I would just sit in a nice car and play with the stereo and other things of interest.
5) Did have one car (Vet) stolen from a restaurant lot, actually saw the blonde lady get in and drive away, the particular restaurant was a flavor place for the mob (no joking), when I entered the restaurant to tell the customer, I was a little nervous, but he was not to upset, he just asked me was the lady blonde, and I say yes, his reply was "I will take care of it". The tips at this place was really good.
6) Parking at a restaurant had benefits, you got free food and why not just eat the meal in a nice car, with the stereo and A/C on.