It's relatively common to hear about unethical valets taking a joyride and wrecking high-performance cars. However, a recent 'accident' in Monaco might be one of the weirdest cases ever. Of course, now the lawyers may get involved.

Andreas Belzek, owner of tuning firm Prior Design, was driving his highly modified, black with gold pinstripes, widebody Audi R8 (pictured above) to the Hotel de Paris in the famously rich city on the shores of the Mediterranean. Upon arriving, he was going to check in but wanted to park the supercar himself, which was against the hotel's rules. He protested to the valet but eventually gave in and handed over the keys. Then the problems began.

The Audi barely moved before the valet herniated a disk in his back and couldn't leave the car. The police and paramedics arrived to the scene, which had to be quite a crowd in a city as tiny as Monaco. To get the guy out, the rescue crew had to hook him to a special hoist and carry him out, according to Germany's Focus Online. Belzek claims the efforts to save the man caused roughly 10,000 euros ($13,622) in damage to the car's carbon fiber, Alcantara and Nappa leather interior.

Belzek was furious about the damage and was likely even more angry when he learned that the hotel wouldn't be paying him. It claims that the rescue workers caused the damage and denied responsibility. Prior Design posted the following message about the accident on its Facebook page:

"Yes it's all truth. We would like to see some kind of response from the hotel regarding this accident, but unfortunately it didn't happen. Anyway, we don't blame a Valet at all, hopefully he's getting better now & we wish him very well. Prior-Design SuperCars ‪#Monaco‬ Tour 2014"

According to Focus, Belzek is considering contacting his lawyer to work on the case. Let us know in Comments who you think should have to pay for the damage, if anyone.


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      T1
      • 6 Months Ago
      Pretty clearly it was in the care, custody and control of the hotel when the damage occurred. The hotel is liable. If they want to try to subrogate against the first responders that is their decision and not the owner of the car. Stay away from this hotel.
      CentralControl
      • 6 Months Ago
      The article states he tried to park it himself - but the hotel required the use of THEIR valet. If that's the case, I feel they should be fully liable. Not the owner, not the emergency personel, but the hotel that is requiring their services to be used. If it was optional, I may feel differently. The hotel should pay, case closed.
      edselfanboy
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why get hot and bothered? Hand the claim to your insurance carrier and let them decide who pays. It's called subrogation in the sexy world of insurance.
      skoobey
      • 6 Months Ago
      It's unfortunate, but hotel needs to pay up. And don't they dare charge the employee.
      Feurig
      • 6 Months Ago
      If it was "against the rules" for the R8 owner to park his own car, then all liability of that car's treatment is transferred to the employer of the valet. This will get settled very quickly.
      malgu
      • 6 Months Ago
      An expensive stay at an expensive hotel just got a bit more expensive. The hotel should be responsible for its employees, the paramedics were saving his life
      SloopJohnB
      • 6 Months Ago
      Just turn it over to the insurance company that insured the R8 and let them figure it out.
      James
      • 6 Months Ago
      Does the car owner not have insurance? It's the insurance company's problem. Besides, neither the hotel nor valet caused any damage, it was the emergency responders that caused it all. At any rate, this is a stupid article and I'm becoming concerned that I'm taking the time to comment on it.
      Cruising
      • 6 Months Ago
      I can understand the car owners anger, I think many of us can relate to seeing scratches or dings in our own personal vehicles. I'm know it's just a car but that's what you call having pride in your car. Does not matter if it's a Audi R8 or your daily driver. He is not blaming the valet and wishes him well, that's the important thing.
      lostjr123
      • 6 Months Ago
      Wonder how old the valet was? This is what would happen to me if I tried to get into one of these cars. :-(
      FuelToTheFire
      • 6 Months Ago
      The emergency workers as well as the valet need to pay through their noses. They were the ones responsible. Why the HELL should a SINGLE PENNY be STOLEN from a JOB CREATING CORPORATION like the hotel? The ignorant peasant commoners who were responsible need to pay through their noses. As a side note, why buy a $300k supercar like the R8 and risk it being damaged when they sell the Corvette in Europe, and it costs less than $50k?
        John Hughan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        At least in the US, emergency workers are indemnified from lawsuits over things like this. As they should be. If you required emergency assistance, would you really want the people trying to save you working less efficiently (and possibly failing to save you as a result) simply out of fear that you might sue them for property damage? Of course not. That would lead to suits like, "Those idiot emergency workers prioritize property over a person's well-being! That's insane!" Indeed it is, and so we have the rules we do now. I think the owner needs to submit this as an insurance claim and let them sort it out. Unless for some reason that's not an option, I don't see why the owner is considering personally engaging legal representation. Assigning blame here is tough, but I'd have to vote for the hotel as well. True, valet policies themselves do not generally lead to this type of incident, so you can hardly fault them for having even a required valet policy, and I doubt it will turn out that the hotel negligently allowed an employee who was obviously in poor health to work. But at the end of the day, the car was in the care of a hotel employee when the incident occurred.
        Gorgenapper
        • 6 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        When you crash in your GTR and you're on the verge of death, I sure hope that the rescue workers are looking for the least expensive way to extricate you from the wreckage.
        John Hughan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        At least in the US, emergency workers are indemnified from lawsuits over things like this. As they should be. If you required emergency assistance, would you really want the people trying to save you working less efficiently (and possibly failing to save you as a result) simply out of fear that you might sue them for property damage? Of course not. That would lead to suits like, "Those idiot emergency workers prioritize property over a person's well-being! That's insane!" Indeed it is, and so we have the rules we do now. I think the owner needs to submit this as an insurance claim and let them sort it out. Unless for some reason that's not an option, I don't see why the owner is considering personally engaging legal representation. Assigning blame here is tough, but I'd have to vote for the hotel as well. True, valet policies themselves do not generally lead to this type of incident, so you can hardly fault them for having even a required valet policy, and I doubt it will turn out that the hotel negligently allowed an employee who was obviously in poor health to work. But at the end of the day, the car was in the care of a hotel employee when the incident occurred. The valet personally is protected by being an employee of the company, and even if that weren't the case, you can't sue someone for damages that resulted from their needing medical attention.
        Michaele
        • 6 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I sense a troll and a pretty lame one at that.
      over9000
      • 6 Months Ago
      First world problems...
        Kimosen
        • 6 Months Ago
        @over9000
        Yeah, it's the first world, those are the kind of problems we have. I fail to see the logic in this comment.
          Michaele
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Kimosen
          Agreed. Maybe we should ship over9000 to Dafur or North Korea so he can focus in on theo third world problems he finds so critical to his existence.
          RLC
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Kimosen
          You fail to see how irrelevant this guy's problem is? That douchenozzle can afford a $300,000 Audi with hideous pinstripes, but bitches over $13,000? Doesn't he have insurance? Sounds like he'd be better off putting gold stripes on a suped-up Camry. I have ZERO sympathy for that idiot's misplaced priorities.
          ffelix422
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Kimosen
          over9000 is saying that this isn't a real problem in the "world" of REAL problems. i.e. people are out of touch these days and lose track of what's really important. I love cars too, but it's still a car- at the end of the day...
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