Be careful where you park that expensive sports car, it seems the horror stories about parking attendants could be true.
It sounds like a scene from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: you leave your expensive sports car at a so-called secure parking facility and return to find it has been taken on a joyride.
A sting operation by a US television news channel has captured a parking lot owner in Florida allegedly doing just that in a Chevrolet Corvette convertible it had planted there.
The WNTV network was tipped off by former customers who had parked their pride and joy at the long-term car park in Cocoa, Florida and gone on a week-long cruise ship holiday, returning to find their expensive cars showing signs of being driven.
The network planted the car and had to wait just six hours before a GPS tracker installed in the car showed it was in motion.
Over the next several days, the network filmed the parking lot’s owner driving around town in the car, doing fish-tails and burnouts, parking it at a bar and photographing it in front of his house.
He even loaded it up with timber from a hardware store and let his dog run all over the paintwork.
Other car park employees were also shown driving the car, which accumulated more than 100km on its odometer across several days of frequent use.
The parking lot owner denied he had misused the car even after he was confronted by a news reporter with video evidence. It is believed criminal charges are pending.