It’s something out of a nightmare. A valet drove a soft-top Porsche 911 Carrera right under a Subaru SUV outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney, Australia.
I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid valet parking like the plague. I just don’t trust someone else driving my car and parking it who knows where while I try to enjoy myself at a restaurant or event venue. This story actually confirms my fear, somewhat, and discourages me even more from handing my keys over to the valet.
Granted, valet’s are not all bad parkers and some maybe just had a bad day or a minor accident. Things happen. We are all human. But like I said above, I try to avoid it at all costs. There are some places that only do valet, and well, I just pray and hold my breathe or watch them closely before leaving my car entirely. Carpooling does sound better at this point, though.
A valet at a hotel in Sydney apparently gave a whole new meaning to the term “double parked” when he managed to park a customer’s Porsche underneath a Subaru.
How the valet didn’t see the bright orange Subaru XV is beyond me? Then again, he allegedly had the car in the wrong gear and accelerated right into the SUV. The impact was so hard that the Porsche 911 pushed the Subaru over the top of it and pinned a Kia Cerato against a wall. I guess you can say somewhat of a domino effect occurred.
Police were called to the scene of the accident and had to cut the valet driver out of the wreckage. Thankfully, the valet was not physically injured. The mental anguish of harming a customer’s beloved luxury sports car may sting for a while. It was quite the comical sight for onlookers and passerby, though.
Matthew Talbot, the director of sales and marketing for the hotel, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the valet was okay but “embarrassed and a little bit shocked”.
One witness by the name of Jonathan Bayle thought the scene was being shot for a television series or a movie. He could not believe that it was a real life incident.
Another witness Jonathan Bouzaid took to his Instagram to explain that the valet
“[The Porsche] hit the car in front from a parked position, he then must have panicked and hit the accelerator causing the Porsche to go further under the orange car and pushing the white car into the bollards. I think the valet wasn’t aware of the power that you get when starting a Porsche.”
The hotel is still investigating, and the Hyatt hotel is working with the owner of the Porsche 911 Carrera to settle insurance claims.
“Hyatt Regency Sydney places the utmost importance on the safety of our staff and guests. A full investigation is being conducted by hotel management over the next few days,” said a hotel spokeswoman in a statement.
Watch Inside Edition’s take on this interesting park job. They call it a scene out of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
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