A South Florida woman got an unwelcome message when she picked up her car at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. There was a valet ticket sitting on her seat calling her fat.
Sharyn Peoples said that she was “mortified” when she saw the ticket, which had the words “play, red dress, and fat” written on it.
NBC Miami reports that Peoples is an actor and she was acting in a play at Mizner Park earlier this month. One of the valet’s apparently identified her as the woman in the “play” wearing a “red dress.” And just to make sure that the woman was correctly identified, the valet added the word “fat” for an extra reminder.
After the incident, Peoples contacted LAZ Parking. Peoples said that the company initially brushed off the incident saying that most of their employees are 18-20 year old kids.
“It’s only words and it’s from some kid, and that’s one of the things the guy said to me on the phone. He said, ‘You know, we employ 18- and 20-year-old kids.’ I said, ‘Sir, they’re legally adults.’”
The company eventually issued a formal apology and said that it would tell its employees not to comment on a customers physical appearance. The company also offered Peoples free valet parking for the next year.
Luis Macedo, the general manager of LAZ Parking of Florida, said:
“We deeply regret this incident and the company has apologized to the customer and the employee has been disciplined … LAZ Parking continues to be committed to providing the best customer experience possible.”
The company did not identify the employee who wrote “Fat” on Peoples’ valet ticket. Peoples may not know who wrote the insult on her ticket but she does have a message for the employee.
Peoples said: “I feel bad for you that your parents obviously didn’t raise you well enough, and I hope you understand this is not at all acceptable.”