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Old 05-04-2010, 01:53 AM
 
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Default Proper way to tip a valet????

Should you tip the valet when you drop of your car or pick it up? Also should the amount of the tip vary with the location, ie. would you tip less at the mall and more at a nice restaurant? What is a good amount to tip?
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:10 AM
 
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Should you tip the valet when you drop of your car or pick it up? Also should the amount of the tip vary with the location, ie. would you tip less at the mall and more at a nice restaurant? What is a good amount to tip?
The tip I give them is "Get a better job" and "Don't touch my car mudsucker!" I would NEVER let a valet touch my car. I self park or go somewhere else.

Valet Parking Service Risks
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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Usually a couple of bucks is what I tip them, more if it's a 'hen party' and they run around opening and closing all the doors for the ladies.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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I tip 2 or 3 if I have to pay for Valet or 5 if I don't. I always tip before because when I come out I usually get faster treatment and don't have to wait around as long.

I only Valet when I absolutely have to though.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I tip 2 or 3 if I have to pay for Valet or 5 if I don't. I always tip before because when I come out I usually get faster treatment and don't have to wait around as long.

I only Valet when I absolutely have to though.
I tip the exact same amounts; however, I always tip after.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:58 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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A general guide:

How to Use a Parking Valet - wikiHow
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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I always avoid valet parking. After reading this from capoeira's link I will do so even more.

8- Valet guys may drive your car to your home and enter your community and house using the remote control, keys and pre-addressed letters you left in the car. There have been reported cases of valet guys rubbing a house using the required tools already available in the car such as letters to locate the house, remote controls or RFID tags to open the gate or garage door, and keys attached to the key chain to access the house and other locked areas. Always remove remote controls, keys, documents and other personal items from your car before handing the car key to the valet person. Disable the RFID tag if possible during times when you release custody of your car to a stranger. Don't make it easy for them to steal your valuables.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Smyrna (metro Atlanta)
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When you pick the car up. If you are cheap, you can ask them if the tip is included in the meal. For instance, at Cumberland Mall and Vinings Inn, tip is not included. I'm pretty sure at Canoe it is, but I could be wrong. At Twist in Buckhead, tip is not included.

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I always avoid valet parking. After reading this from capoeira's link I will do so even more.
In Vinings and Buckhead, you often can't avoid it. Many places don't have standard parking.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Billerica, MA
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I always avoid valet parking. After reading this from capoeira's link I will do so even more.

8- Valet guys may drive your car to your home and enter your community and house using the remote control, keys and pre-addressed letters you left in the car. There have been reported cases of valet guys rubbing a house using the required tools already available in the car such as letters to locate the house, remote controls or RFID tags to open the gate or garage door, and keys attached to the key chain to access the house and other locked areas. Always remove remote controls, keys, documents and other personal items from your car before handing the car key to the valet person. Disable the RFID tag if possible during times when you release custody of your car to a stranger. Don't make it easy for them to steal your valuables.
When I give the valet my car, I give him ONLY the car key (mine is an FOB anyways, but with my old car I did the same). So this was never a concern for me.
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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It depends on the location, etc, but typically we don't like to valet for many reasons. I used to have some friends who were valets who admitted that their bosses don't check their driving history, etc. (i.e. one of my friends was a valet and yet his driver's license had been suspended)... We have some pretty nice "guy cars" so we generally prefer to self-park. Besides, why the heck are we paying for valets when it's not difficult to self-park with less risk?
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