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Friday, June 08, 2007

Valet parking is out of control

As if it isn't already in enough completely unnecessary places (Rookwood, Kenwood Towne Centre, etc.), valet parking is now available at the bigg's in Hyde Park from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. You know, the one located at the back of the vast Hyde Park Plaza parking lot on Paxton. It's free, but naturally you'll want to leave a tip. Who wants to bet how long it will be before the Kroger on the other side of the plaza, where parking actually is a nightmare, starts doing this too?



at 12:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

well finding a place to park for the biggs in hyde park is very hard. I shop there every week and I will have to take advantage of this.

at 2:12 PM Blogger Lauren Bishop said...

OK, sorry, maybe I was being a little too harsh. "Valet parking" just sounds snooty, but it might be more justifiable when you have a cart full of groceries vs. a stomach full of food after leaving some restaurant. It'll be interesting to see if this catches on and other supermarkets start following suit...

at 2:17 PM Blogger ShannanB said...

What they really need are "grocery runners" for moms (or people in need).

I can't tell you how many times I've had my boys with me in the car and needed just an item or two.

It would be great if they had these runners that would dash in and get your groceries for you. You could set a limit - less than 10 items, etc.

It would be something that I know a lot of moms would take advantage of.

Have you ever tried "running" into the store with children in tow that might be cranky or sleepy?
I would drive cross town for the service.

at 2:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems snooty to me too...

at 2:23 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Absolutely, Shannan! I think that would be great for moms and non-moms alike! Sigh. In a perfect world... http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/foodie/2007/01/in-perfect-world.asp#comments

at 4:08 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I don't know. I'm with you Lauren. Walking across a parking lot is too much trouble for people? Sorry, America, but we need the exercise! 90 percent of the time I'm in a skirt and heels and I still do it. In fact, I deliberately park fara away so I have to walk farther. And, I return my cart to the cart corral. (That's a MAJOR peeve of mine, when people leave their carts in the middle of the parking lot.)
It's the same way at Kenwood and other malls. If the weather's bad, then OK. But you have two legs, use them!

at 8:27 PM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

Good one Steph - I hate it when people don't return their carts to the coral.

at 10:11 PM Anonymous Melissa said...

I took a picture of the sign to show people that I wasn't making this up. Disgusting.

at 6:07 AM Anonymous valet parking gatwick said...

You want to be sure that whomever is driving off in your car will respect it and the valet operator will look after it whilst it is in their care.

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