Where else in the world but in Mexico City would a Best Buy store have valet parking? But sure enough, there is one in this capital. At the attached parking garage, you can’t park yourself. A valet must do it.
I don’t drive a lot in the city. But when I do, I’m always struck by how many places don’t allow one to park one’s own car.
The local Telcel client service office has an attached lot. But valets do the parking, and the ticket stub says you should pay 30 pesos ($2.30) for the service.
Like all big cities, upscale restaurants and large hotels offer valet service. But even modest restaurants, gyms and stores have valets who will park your car for you. Yes, and even Starbucks have valets (h/t to @el_reportero).
This came to mind the other night when a banker friend ranted about how all the on-street parking in our district seems to be reserved for valet parking. It’s true. While parking spaces along streets may seem to be a public commodity, here in Mexico City valet services block them off, preventing public parking and profiting from their use.
It would take serious digging to find out which city official keeps an outstretched palm to allow this. It’s one of the many ways that small levels of corruption affect every day life here.
For those who have resources, it’s a huge benefit. Someone will always find you a space. But for those without, there simply is no place to park.