When you think of passing on your keys to a valet, the iconic scene of the parking attendants' joyride from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" may come to mind. But that's a product of Hollywood. How true is this to reality?
One of ABC's local affiliates in Cocoa, Fla., wanted to find out after it received a tip that owner at a "Premier Parking Spot" lot may be taking joyrides. Customers often use parking lots such as this to keep their car near an airport while on travel without parking in a more expensive airport lot.
Renting a sleek, bright red Corvette and equipping it with a GPS tracking device, WFTV investigated what happens with fancy cars parked in the lot owned by Jay Nieves.
Watch and see for yourself:
The investigation found Nieves was not only driving the Corvette on errands and out to Applebee's for dinner, but was smoking in it, let his dog inside it and even parked it at his home at night.
WFTV confronted Nieves when it had enough evidence, but he denied knowing what the reporter was talking about. Nieves said he didn't recognize the people in the car when he was shown footage of what appeared to be himself on a smartphone. He just walked away.
When all was said and done, the GPS unit recorded 61 miles racked up by Nieves using the car.