Porsche Panamera stolen after hotel valet gives keys to wrong person
A hotel valet landed his company in hot water after returning the keys of an expensive Porsche to the wrong person.
Following the incident, which occurred last year, the 2014 Panamera was never seen again and its owner is still yet to receive any form of compensation for his loss.
Carlo DiMarco reportedly left the expensive German model with the valet at Houston's DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, paying a fee of $50.
However, when he returned to collect the vehicle the following day, he found that it had already been taken.
Hotel CCTV shows the car, which is worth $125,000 (almost £100,000), being handed to a complete stranger by one of the company's late-night staff.
Despite this damning evidence, DiMarco has been unable to recover the cost of his lost vehicle due to the valet company's insurance policy not covering theft.
He then took the case to the Hotel, claiming that they should take responsibility if the valet company operating on their premises can't.
Alongside the lawsuit he filed against Enterprise Parking Services, the independent contractor providing the hotel's valet services, DiMarco has also sought legal action against Hilton Worldwide, franchise owner HDH Tenant and property management company Kokua Hotel.
He is seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in unspecified damages for negligence and fraud.
The hotel denies responsibility, and in a letter to DiMarco's attorney its lawyer wrote: "As an initial matter, Mr. DiMarco did not park his vehicle with the Hotel. Mr. DiMarco parked his vehicle with Enterprise Parking Services, Inc, ("Enterprise"), an independent company that offers valet services to guests of the Hotel."
DiMarco, who owns an auto finance company, could take out a claim on his own insurance, who only value the car at $68,000 (£52,300). However, he claims he will continue to seek compensation from the responsible parties.
"I am not in a position where I have to file a claim with my insurance because of someone else's negligence and poor policies and procedures." he told nydailynews.com.
"I would rather litigate. It's their responsibility and they need to pay for it."