One More Person To Sue (Everybody's Responsible But The Drunk)
On Consumerist, Mary Beth Quirk links to an NPR story by Tovia Smith about a Boston City Councilor who wants the valet kids to be responsible for whether some guy who's car they're dropping off drives drunk:
City Councilor Rob Consalvo says he decided something needed to be done after a 23-year-old on a scooter was mowed down by a drunken driver in Boston. The driver later said he was "blackout drunk" and couldn't believe that a valet guy actually handed him his car keys.
"I was stunned. I said to myself, 'Yeah, how could he have?' " Consalvo says.
He says it only makes sense that valet workers withhold keys from drivers who appear drunk. "They are literally our last line of defense," Consalvo says. "If not them, who? They are the ones with the cars and the keys. I just think it's a no-brainer."
Now some 19-year-old who just needs to make some dough for college is a one-man sobriety checkpoint? And it's not like any drunks are going to take a sock at him when he won't hand over the keys.
Commenter Christine I on NPR has a good point:
What about the situation where the customer has had enough to be over the legal limit but not enough to be apparent? My ex-husband was very good at hiding his level of intoxication--should the valet be held responsible for someone like that?