Valet Parking is for Pussies

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Dear Dallas,

I've had enough of your authoritarian valet system.

I think the hatred began this summer at Wild Salsa. It was a slow weekday night, and we pulled up, handed over $7 and watched the valet back the car up three spots and throw the transmission in park.

I could have done that. Except, no, I couldn't. Parking in evening valet zones downtown comes with dire consequences.

Another night, I met friends downtown at the City Tavern. We were having a fine time until one of them watched her car sail by the window on a flat bed. Turns out she'd parked in a valet space, which was entirely her fault, but still -- it fucked up my night. The fiasco also set my friend back $250 in tickets and towing fees.

Then, two weeks ago, as we pulled up to Mr. Mesero, I saw the dreaded valet stand and implored my friend to look for parking on the street. We tried a few blocks before parking in a spot directly behind the restaurant we were about to patronize.

"You can't park there. It's valet," the jacket-clad parking jockey said as we got out of our car. We told him that were were eating at the restaurant, but he maintained that he had to park the car.

"Would you park it right here?" we asked, pointing to the spot in which we had more than capably parked the vehicle ourselves. The valet employee nodded in the affirmative.
"Well, can we just tip you and hand you the keys?" we asked. He nodded again. So now we're doing the parking, and still paying and tipping for the service? I'm pretty sure this is exactly how parking works in hell.

The Porch, Katy Trail Ice House, Meddlesome Moth: It's like this all around town -- restaurant after restaurant trying to mandate valet parking in parking lots directly next to the very businesses they serve. That's just stupid.

Valet can be a good thing. In dense urban environments, it's often worth it to hand over a few bucks and forgo the aggravation of seven trips around the block looking for a parking spot. But Dallas isn't a dense urban environment. There are streets and parking lots and parking garages everywhere. And I'm more than capable of finding my own spot without paying and tipping someone to do it for me.

I tie my own shoes in the morning. I make my own coffee on the weekends. And if my vehicle is going to end up seven feet from where I drop it off, I'd prefer to just park it myself.


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233 comments
blaxplotation
blaxplotation

ur alll just a bunch lazy nigger hipsters in that part of dullass.

paradigm81
paradigm81

"The Porch, Katy Trail Ice House, Meddlesome Moth: It's like this all around town -- restaurant after restaurant trying to mandate valet parking in parking lots directly next to the very businesses they serve. That's just stupid."

 

Dear author, on Henderson avenue (Where the Porch is) you clearly don't understand that the current zoning for bars and restaurants does not offer sufficient parking spaces for the average occupancy on any given evening. Here is where valet parking comes in. Just the parking you see would be enough only for the staff of these eateries/bars. The valet parking is a system of managing what little parking is around for the optimal needs of each and every business in the area. There are managed parking areas which allow twice the amount of cars to sit idle in half the lined spaces. If it were a free-for-all parking system, (remove property ownership for arguments sake) many of the business wouldn't survive as they wouldn't see guests even enter the door because the parking lots would be full. Let's not mention how many homeowners in the area would be upset with you parking in front of their house. The businesses on henderson understand this concept and that is how they increase revenue which therefore is city tax revenue. There is nothing "stupid" about the need for managed parking. I welcome you to drive by on a Friday night at 9:30pm and look at all the traffic in the area, the system works even though you dislike it. You are neither a valet or a business owner in these areas so you have a mythological understanding.

Valet in la
Valet in la

Now a days its very dangerous if you have park your car anywhere in the city.Always park your car in valet parking service only other vice you will be not knowing that where is your car.

Valet parking
Valet parking

Nice valet parking service at a very low cost,with lots of facilities and parking attended.

La parking
La parking

Parking your car in a valet parking in the evening will be very tough if you want to park your car then you have to make Pre-booking.

La valet
La valet

Now a days valet parking is very necessary,Because security is important.The parking should be always in valet zones only.

eliteparkingsolutions
eliteparkingsolutions

hi I am a owner of eliteparkingsolutions.com .   I understand where your coming from.  I don't like working somewhere that does not have a need for valet.  however them reserving the spots is their right as long as they have permission from the management inside the resturant. some people dont like the idea of some one else driving their car. If you are willing to pay the valet parking fee and want to park your own car and hang on to your keys as well. that fine just ask the valet. Eliteparkingsolutions.com hospitality is our business parking cars just happens to be what we do 

Rhankamer
Rhankamer

It is JUST AS BAD IN HOUSTON and we agree that the practice SUCKS!!  It is a rip-off and I never park valet.  Think of paying 3 valets per week @ $5 = $15 x 52 = $780.  You can buy an off-season rt ticket to Paris or London for that.  Which would you rather do?

Valet Glendale
Valet Glendale

What an great idea for providing the valet parking service with a lots of services at very nominal cost.They also provide Parking in evening valet zones downtown comes with dire consequences.

LA parking
LA parking

Its very bad to hear that while parking the officers behave badly.You may complain about this misbehavior.

Rangers100
Rangers100

Lose your car. Walk, bike, or take public transit. If you are driving to Wild Salsa, City Tavern, or any other downtown spot, you are doing it wrong.

guest
guest

Why should I pay $8 for parking after I just dropped $200-300 on dinner? and then they want a tip also???

Time4sherry
Time4sherry

Sorry Guys, I love the Dallas Valets. I Valet at Northpark, the Opera House, and sometimes the grocery store if it is offered. You need to consider this is a real JOB too and quit being such an ass when your wife or girlfriend doesn't want to walk and wait for your cheap ass to go get the car from 2 blocks away in the rain.

Carmstrng
Carmstrng

I can no longer count the number of establishments that I pass on because I have to have the car valet parked. I don't want to have to unplug and lock up everything I don't want messed with, nor do I cotton to the idea of tipping someone to move my car twelve feet and park in the parking lot a total of 22 feet from the establishments front door.

Djbryanc
Djbryanc

Try valeting in Miami...you know it's bad when a cop passing by tells you not to use them

Eric
Eric

Went to R&D Kitchen on Preston & NW Highway last month and had to park six blocks away on a neighborhood street because the 42 (yes I counted) open parking spots in the PARKING LOT were reserved for valet. No wonder Dallas always ranks as one of the 10 fattest cities in the U.S. ... no one wants to walk more than 10 feet to enter a restaurant.

Bill Hamersly
Bill Hamersly

Bless you for raising this issue!  It's fine to have valet parking available, but no part of the dining experience is more irritating than efforts to force patrons to use it.

Colin
Colin

Scott,

This is a legit gripe of valets as well, but it isn't the most important reason I avoid them. I do it out of principle. Have you ever read the back of a valet claim check? I doubt it is legally enforcable. But most of them say they disclaim all responsibility for damage to or loss from your vehicle, and if they do have an accident they won't cover your insurance deductible. Um... no.

Just don't solicit these businesses. There are plenty of restaurants I can eat that don't have valet parking.

Stan Shortes
Stan Shortes

I have never figured out who enables the Valet mafia? Are they a profit center for the business? Are they the owners of all parking lots? Are they unemployed renegades turning a quick buck? What/who gives them the legal right to have your car towed if you refuse to pay protection money. It reminds me of visiting Mexico years ago where you are 'encouraged' to pay a street kid to 'watch' your car (with the implied 'or else').

Patrod7006
Patrod7006

Good for you. Come to downtown Fort Worth, where parking is free at parking garages and on the street after 6pm seven days a week.

Gcampbell39
Gcampbell39

I remember back in the day when the designated valet spots were FARTHEST away from the front door and they'd race to get your car. When did the designated valet spots get front row?!!

Drumsbells
Drumsbells

I absolutely agree! The valet mafia buys up all the prime parking spots for our desired eating spots (including the ones on the restaurant property) and wants us to pay for that shit?! C'mon! We don't need you unless all the adjacent parking is already taken by patrons and we'd have to walk 6 blocks to park. If you think you deserve a tip, you'd better damn sure be working for it.

JC
JC

Valet parking is quintessentially Dallas - paying for something you don't need in order to look cool.

valetsRlocohomie
valetsRlocohomie

So, pay em more than min.wage and hand over them thar keys, you slimy pollywog, you! p.s. don't forget to tip :)

daft hero
daft hero

That's the very reason I've been riding my bicycle around town instead. Not only do you get a workout, but you get free front row "parking " everywhere you go

kathi
kathi

First off I am not a valet but to the person saying that they have no brains and that is why they do that job, well that is totally off base and insulting.  A lot of those gals and guys are putting themselves through school or that is a second job and they are trying to feed their families.  Instead of getting mad at them, how about at the restaurant/bar that is charging you for the service.  I think if they want to offer that service then it needs to be free and then you can tip the valets for the convenience.  It just screams to me greedy so we do not eat/frequent places that charge for valet.  It is just wrong.

ParkingBull
ParkingBull

Native Americans didn't die so that their land could later be subdivided into parking lots, which then became the province of parasitic valet operations. Jesus probably not so happy about this either.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

How to make sure you don't ever have to use a valet: drive a stick shift—preferably a really expensive one so they're nervous about it.

Mudi
Mudi

The Valet, The Parking Meters, and the lack of places for Motorcycles to parks is over-the-top Crap!

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

The circle of life

asshloes can't park, we get valet everywhere We valet everywhere therefore we never learn to park

But if your going out to buy drinks at 100x cost, might as well complain about the bartenders pouring your drink too.... And just stay the fuck at home

B.S. Filter
B.S. Filter

If you want to stop this Valet madness, you need to speak out loud and clear to Theresa O'Donnell, director of Sustainable Development, and to the Zoning Ordinance Committee.

Many of your comments are dead on.  Valets are BREAKING THE LAW when they take your money to park in a **required space** for a restaurant.  That scenario of pulling your car into a parking space three feet from the stand, or coning off all of a restaurant's parking???  THAT IS ILLEGAL.But what you probably don't know is that Valet Companies are desperately trying to change the law so that they can charge money for the City's FREE REQUIRED PARKING.  If they are able to do that, you will see abuses skyrocket, with no ability to fight back.

Valet Companies are a cancer on any City.  Do some research on other cities, you will see what I mean.  Do some research on THIS city, and you will find that the Valet/Restaurant/Bar industry is throwing huge amounts of lobbying cash at the panel I'm referring to above, the ZOC.  They use zoning consultants like Masterplan to lobby the panelists.  They want to reduce the amount of parking a bar/restaurant has to provide (already just one space per 100 square feet of floor area), and they want to be able to charge you for every space with no restriction.

All I can do is pass this along.  If you care about the issue, and want to do a little work to make your city a better place, you cannot do better than to spend a few minutes writing to ZOC, and letting them know you are sick of being charged for the parking that every restaurant/bar MUST PROVIDE FOR FREE.

downtown
downtown

Amusing the number of valets thatcan't drive a manual and then refuse to let me park it myself. The idea of some stranger driving my car wierds me out anyway. 

Dgmga
Dgmga

Please don't forget to mention that when you do finally get your car, the glovebox has been rifled through and a substantial amount of change is missing from your console. The same holds true for car washes. Looking at you Checker Flag Car Wash on Midway in Carrolton. Stolen $100 earbuds.

paradigm81
paradigm81

Those spaces 22 feet away would be filled by the time you arrived if the valet had not had them reserved for your car where he can watch over it and bring it to you. Inside the restaurant you are visiting a waitress/waiter brings food to you and you tip for it, how come you don't boycott eateries for the same premise?

paradigm81
paradigm81

You only saw 42 open spaces because patrons who visit other businesses would have filled them up had it not been slotted for R&D Kitchen.

paradigm81
paradigm81

When the businesses wanted to show off the clientele that frequents the establishment. In addition the valet is keeping a close watch on the cars, consider it a form of security for the visitor.

paradigm81
paradigm81

If the valet mafia (as you refer to it) had not reserved the spaces they would be filled up with the busier establishment next door that doesn't have enough parking, therefore sending you further away and sending the customers down the road to another place.

 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Yuppies love this shite....shows them how important they are. What's more "look at me" than some Chris Chris pulling up, and throwing his keys at you, while he's looking the other way.  And the twin moral buster is when he comes back all liquored up, and snaps his fingers, and yells, "Garcon, my car! (in a fake French accent)"; while all his Polo buddies are laughing, and hurling gobs of paper and gum at you! 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

and the added benefit is that you smell like a bus once you get where you are going!  Sir.

baghdad4lovers
baghdad4lovers

I thought it was to show off your sick ninja moves on it. :(

baghdad4lovers
baghdad4lovers

Yeah, they died so we could have restaurants without valet service. The nerve of these genocidal lunatic valet companies....the nerve!

Drumsbells
Drumsbells

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you...

Drumsbells
Drumsbells

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you...

Drumsbells
Drumsbells

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you...

Guest
Guest

The trouble is, they'll let you park it yourself but, you'll still have to pay for the privilege.

youarearetard
youarearetard

im going to buy a 100k car right now so i don't have to valet

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

i probably pay more in taxes to support the office of Sustainable Development

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