Many have seen the valet incident at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills from back in September — I, myself, can’t go onto social media without seeing the video continuously popping up in my comments, explore, or feed. The incident was unfortunate and many don’t understand the circumstances, therefore I feel it is being blown more out of proportion on the justifications than should be.
When the incident occurred I had parked, on a non-busy day, and walked through the Montage garden over to the restaurant on Beverly called Avra. The bar was full and I wasn’t interested in a table for a quick bite, so I walked back outside — while on the front steps of the restaurant I saw my car drive by me.
Now everyone, including LAZ the valet company, is trying to justify the valet’s actions. LAZ says that insurance covers the entire block, so he was justified in driving around the entire block because it was needed at the time because of how busy the hotel was.
My car has never left the front drive — in an event a car leaves the front drive a left turn is made out of the valet half circle and they then re-enter the front drive in the entrance, or they drive a quarter block and pull into their underground parking structure if it’s a vehicle that can’t be taken down the ramp in the front drive.
The fact that he took a right out of the Montage, took a right onto Wilshire, a right onto Beverly, then to wherever he went to from there to make it back to Canon and into the Montage is far from justifiable — he took the car for a joyride because he knew he was capable and he assumed I wouldn’t see it. Now that I saw it and it’s been made public they want to step back and justify the actions because it’s their job to protect their employees actions and avoid lawsuits.
So for anyone trying to quantify his actions or say that it should be acceptable and you should allow others to enjoy your objects — put it into perspective that he essentially stole the car, he didn’t ask, he thought he’d get away with it and got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Now he’ll make better choices that social media has exposed him for being the clown that he is.