• Apr 4, 2009
Imagine this scenario: You've gone out of town for whatever reason, driving your Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. (If we had a Gallardo, you'd bet that taking road trips would be high on the agenda). Anyway, you get to your hotel, surrender your supercar's keys to the valet, and go on with your business. When it's time to leave, they go to retrieve your car and ... it's gone. That nightmare is just what happened to Eric Vargosko when he took his droptop lambo to Atlanta's Intercontinental Hotel. The swank hotel in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood was the last place Vargosko saw his car until it turned up a month later, damaged.

Just as disturbingly, the hotel has refused to talk to Vargosko, and the media isn't having any better luck with them or the Atlanta police. With WWSB TV's consumer reporter on the case, a police report was unearthed which stated that a hotel security camera recorded a valet handing the Lamborghini's keys to two men in the wee hours of the morning. Whether the two men, part of a larger group of seven that had been recorded by the camera while exiting an SUV at 3:30 AM, were thieves or acquaintances of the valet is unknown. Denied satisfaction on the issue thus far, Vargosko's hired an attorney, and will be avoiding the Intercontinental during future travels. Hat tip to Jimmie.

[Source: WWSB TV]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is one of the hidden costs of owning a Supercar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This sounds more like a theft ring that the cops are trying to keep under wraps until they have enough info to bust the whole thing wide open. The hotel was probably supposed to stay hush hush as well, but you can bet that at some point a major bust will take place. In the short term, I am sure these richies will get a settlement from the hotel. Not like they need it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What do you mean by "it's not like they need it." Their property was stolen while under the hotel's responsibility, and therefore the hotel is liable.

        It's thinking like that that is dividing this country.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will never stay at that hotel based on this article. They should have wanted to help this guy and their customer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems to me that if you have enough money to buy a Gallardo Spyder then you have enough money to put hits out on the valet and his buddies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Valet in Atlanta is out of control. We're the only city that I know of that has valet at a TGI Fridays.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe that Atlanta is also one of the fattest cities in America.

        I can only assume that this is not coincidental. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      i have to defend myself as a valet and say "not all valet's are like ferris bueller", and that i don't understand how you could pass off a car without any valet ticket stub/identification/registration.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats why I take my Civic around town, but still, this is where lawyers are actually useful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't even hand my Mazda3 keys to anyone else. If I had Gallardo keys, I'd keep them on my restaurant table enclosed in a laser guarded see-through glass box next to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jared: How exactly do you do that in large city hotels with underground garages that are valet-only? Park it at the airport and walk?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats why I park my car also. Valet's are for fat people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chris: Yeah...

        all kidding aside, IDK. I live in Jax, so we dont really have to worry about that here. If you live in a big city like that, then you are either more trustworthy of the people around you then I am, or you should consider taking a taxi... If it's big and tight enough to have parking like that, then a taxi shouldn't be that long of a drive...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too bad we don't live in the age when the cops would turn a blind eye when you beat the living hell out of the punk kid that did this to you. He might be able to hobble home later, and I bet he would never do someone that bad again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you guys are missing one other important aspect about having a valet, not only is it convenient but if you are driving an exotic it is very dangerous to go into a parking lot at night.

        For example my uncle drives an S-Class(I know its nothing special in California, but that is pretty exotic in Winnipeg lol) and he never let valets park his car until he was mugged. I believe that if you can afford this type of vehicle then paying(and having to trust) a valet to park your car is not a bad idea.

        Oh yeah and it turned out that the crook had been following my aunt and uncle to their car as they left the Casino. Apparently this happens frequently. lol i've never had this problem myself, but I think it has to do with the fact that I roll in a Camry....
      quinn
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats right up the street from my house and that really sucks! i'm a valet and used to work at another hotel in atl. the same thing happened there with a range rover and it turned out to be one of the other valets handing the keys out. but yeah i wouldn't leave my gallardo keys with anyone. period.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Just as disturbingly, the hotel has refused to talk to Vargosko, and the media isn't having any better luck with them or the Atlanta police."

      What a dick move, how can they NOT talk to the guy who's car was stolen while in their custody? If that had happened to me I would have hunted the manager down and given him a loud verbal lesson in front of others.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right, but why did it take so long?
      • 5 Years Ago
      One of the few times I can honestly say... "Sue the Hell out of them!". Not even talking to the owner of the car is just implying guilt and knowledge of it. They should of just let the police investigate the theft fully and unhindered (sounds like the hotel most likely did some grandstanding on the videotapes), and talked to the owner.

      Oh well maybe next time I'm in that area I'll be visiting the Vargosko Intercontinental Hotel. haha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld giving his Bimmer 535 to a valet and the valet wouldn't drive it because it smelled so bad. So Jerry gave it to car thieves.

      I think that's what happened here. Case closed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You`re right!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually the valet was the one who made it smell. And he gave it to a homeless man.
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