There are plenty of reasons to steer clear of a cruise. We typically shy away from the idea of cramming ourselves onto a vessel filled to capacity with overweight American tourists, all waiting to descend on some unsuspecting port of call like a scourge of consumerist locusts. Now, we have another reason to pass on the big boats.

WFTV discovered a parking lot owner in Cocoa, Florida was taking customer vehicles out for little joy rides. The news crew promptly set up a little sting by renting a red Chevrolet Corvette Convertible and installing a GPS tracker. The car wasn't on the lot for six hours before Jay Nieves, the owner of Premier Parking Spot hopped in.

The news crew filmed Nieves thrashing the car on a dirt road, parking it at his home overnight, doing sizeable burnouts on the street, transporting lumber and leaving the car with the top down and driver's door wide open for extended periods of time. All told, Nieves clocked 60 miles on what he thought was a customer's car before the news crew confronted him about the situation. Nieves promptly denied everything. Scroll down for the full newscast.



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      eat 2 compete
      • 2 Years Ago
      This story is great but would of been 10x better if the news team had a spare key and stole the car while it was at his house...would love to see his reaction in the morning
      Discoinfern0
      • 2 Years Ago
      Out of business as of today! Excellent. http://www.wftv.com/news/news/parking-lot-owner-broke-law-when-driving-customers/nNN2p/
      bps163
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sue the the owner for trespassing and unauthorized use of a vehicle with damages of $ 50,000 or more plus court cost. And this type of trash parking lot owner operator will stop. My car dealer did this with my pickup after they claimed they needed to keep it over night for repairs. I just happen to be at the parking lot of the lumber mill across town and watch them load it to the hilt with plywood. What do you think they were thinking when they look up saw me standing next to my truck. I got in and drove off with over $ 1,500 worth of wood and they never said a word. Then I sued them for trespassing and unauthorized use of a vehicle with damages and I won, they settled before court. I will bet this goes on all over the country
      Custom Bikes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like another reader said, I rather walk twice as far than leave the keys to my car with someone. Go behind any restaurant and see for yourself how the valet parking guys drive the customers cars. If I was the owner of car from the video I would make sure that this guy cant drive ever again by breaking both his legs.
        Fred
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Custom Bikes
        How Christian of you.
          uncommonsensesc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fred
          Being a christian has nothing to do with protecting your property! Go ahead and turn the other cheek - someone will slap that one too!
      akaraymow
      • 2 Years Ago
      seems to me a clear cut case of grand thief auto and the county/state should file charges
      hosereal3
      • 2 Years Ago
      So why isn't this bastard In Jail???
      George
      • 2 Years Ago
      This THIEF needs to be jailed.
      Practical Nomad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope they toss this low life in jail. No different than grand theft auto.
      Spiel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't care if I'm driving myself to the ER, NO ONE GETS MY KEYS, EVER. I simply refuse to park anywhere that asks to keep my keys. I'll walk 2x as much if it means me parking my own car. Glad this had a happy ending though.
      diamond
      • 2 Years Ago
      even after he was caught on video, he denied it...wow, what a liar!
      David MacKinnon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone that thinks taking a car for a joyride and won't get caught is underestimating technology.. I have a Clifford SmartStart GPS on my Grand Cherokee, and I can set movement warnings, speed warnings and look up its location on my iPhone any time I want. Heck, it's cheap entertainment, and lord help anyone that decided to take my truck 'for a boot'...
      gr69eht
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like someone else mentioned..I'd break his legs.
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