I wonder how many World of Hyatt points one gets as compensation for something like this?
I think a valet at the Hyatt Regency Sydney may soon be looking for a new job. Earlier today (Thursday, May 31, 2018) a valet at the hotel was trying to park a Porsche. Instead of reversing the car, the valet accelerated into the back of the Subaru SUV parked in front of it. The SUV wasn’t just rear-ended, but rather the Porsche quite literally ended up underneath the SUV.
The valet had to be cut out of the car given that it was crushed, and fortunately wasn’t injured — that’s what’s most important.
The hotel’s director of sales and marketing (probably not his preferred way to “market” the hotel) said the following:
“Obviously the staff member was embarrassed and a little bit shocked, it kind of scooped the other car up, but the main thing is that he’s OK.”
I suspect the valet was a little more than embarrassed and a “little bit shocked.”
Here’s video footage that shows the Porsche underneath the Subaru, and also how they eventually removed it. No video footage of the actual incident has been released yet.
Typically when you park a car with a valet they give you one of those slips saying they accept no responsibility, etc. While I’m no lawyer, I suspect that’s not actually the case, and that they carry insurance for things like this. I imagine this has to be one of the more expensive claims their insurance company has had to deal with, though.
This is the second interesting hotel valet incident I recall reading recently. Earlier this year a lawsuit was filed after the valet at the Renaissance Vinoy in St. Petersburg, Florida, gave the keys to a Ferrari to a random person. The guy who got the keys was apparently trying to impress a date so pretended it was his, and even though he didn’t have the ticket, the valet gave him the car. He first sat in the car for a while, and then drove off.
(Tip of the hat to SINJim, featured image courtesy of @jonobozo)