Valet Parking? What do you think?

January 13, 2010

A recent discussion on Twitter has me thinking about the valet parking situation in Houston.  It's a hot button with many restaurant patrons.

I don't have a problem with valet parking at restaurants that don't have convenient parking nearby.  At these establishments, the valets perform a valuable service.

But I don't have much patience for restaurants with ample parking, who cone off the closest parts of their lots for valet use.  There would be plenty of parking... if the valets weren't there.

I also don't like having things taken from my cars, and I've several small, valuable items mysteriously disappear when valets have custody of the car.  Even worse, I've had my car keyed one evening, after I declined the valet's rather aggressive "offer" to park my car for me.

Responses on Twitter have been heated; one local celebrity chef is adamant in his support for valets, and unfollowed us for taking part in this discussion.

What do you think about valet parking?  Respond in the comments.

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