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Old 04-04-10, 10:25 PM
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Otters: Need schooling on valet parking etiquette

I've simply never used the service. I prefer to park myself, go to the event, and so on.

Going to a concert this week @ the House of Blues in Chicago...and apparently, the closest parking is like 3 miles away, soooo...looks like I'm going valet for the first time. What should I expect in terms of cost? Do I just pull up, get out, and give them the keys? Do I tip, and if so, how much?

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
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Old 04-04-10, 10:31 PM
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You will get a ticket when you pull up. If someone is standing there ready to process your car, you can just leave it running. If not, I usually stop the car and hand the keys to the guy when he is ready.

Tip on the way out. I usually tip $5 if they are prompt about getting me my car on the way out (understanding if there is a line of people) and don't make me wait on them too much on the way in.
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Re: Otters: Need schooling on valet parking etiquette

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I've simply never used the service. I prefer to park myself, go to the event, and so on.

Going to a concert this week @ the House of Blues in Chicago...and apparently, the closest parking is like 3 miles away, soooo...looks like I'm going valet for the first time. What should I expect in terms of cost? Do I just pull up, get out, and give them the keys? Do I tip, and if so, how much?

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
There are a ton of garages near the House of Blues. Go here to find one:
http://www.parkinganytime.com/garage...=8&qe=16&qp=36

That said, I usually find valet more convenient, and it probably won't be significantly more expensive than parking at a garage. I like to tip the valet a couple of bucks (literally, $2) on the way in and tell him I'll hit him again on the way out. Of course, odds are it won't be the same parker on the way out -- which is why they appreciate the tip on the way in. On the way out, given what you'll pay for parking at HoB, I would typically tip $4 or $5.

My guess is the whole parking experience (including tips) will cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $20, and -- assuming you're parking after 6:00 -- you would probably pay around $15.

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Re: Otters: Need schooling on valet parking etiquette

If you are using a coupon for the valet parking (a park one car / park a second car for free) you only need to tip on the first car.
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If your sports car comes back with bald tires, you don't have to tip.
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Re: Otters: Need schooling on valet parking etiquette

just make sure the valet drivers aren't these 2:
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Originally Posted by riotinmyskull View Post
just make sure the valet drivers aren't these 2:
That stuff really happens.

Not road trips, but crazy driving. Burning out tires, etc.

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Re: Otters: Need schooling on valet parking etiquette

Where is the proof that those are valet drivers vs. some people goofing off
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If I were you, I'd just stay with the denial and not look into it.

If you do anyway, you can tell yourself that's the ONLY time that's ever happened maybe...
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I'm not far from there now. If you can't find a garage within walking distance to the HOB you aren't trying very hard! You'll be fine
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