Parking at Kaiser Oakland
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This concerns the parking garage on the ground floor of the
Kaiser Oakland pediatric building on Broadway. If you use this
garage, you know that you must leave your car to be parked by
the staff, and when you return they retrieve it for you. I have
always wondered if I am supposed to tip the guy who brings your
car back. On one hand, I know it's common to tip a valet
parker; on the other, you really have little choice but to park
in this garage (valet only) if you have an appt. in this
building. I'd be interested in knowing if anyone does tip here?
You can park on the street or take the bus. Or walk. Or tip the
guy a buck.
My understanding is that they don't accept tips. If they did, I
would be upset, as you are sort of forced to park there - there's
almost never any street parking and for probably liability
reasons they don't allow you to park your car yourself.
I have never tipped. I've never seen anyone else tip, though I haven't really paid that
much attention. The valets never seem offended. Considering the fact that we already
have to pay so much for parking, a tip on top of that seems a bit much.
I have always wondered about tipping the car valets at Kaiser's
Mosswood Pediatric building garage. As the poster said, we have
no choice but to use the valet parking. Unless, of course, you
would rather try to find street parking that is at least two
blocks away, and have to mind the meter after getting your
children/gear up to the medical office. This is how I've
handled it: if the valet drives the car nicely back to me, opens
the driver and passenger doors for me and my children, then
hands my key back to me with a smile, I tip him. If he tears
around the corner and comes skidding to a stop in front of me
(believe me, that has happened) and gets out and holds the key
up to my face, I don't tip. I think you know what I mean - if
you feel he's done a job above and beyond what is required, then
he should be rewarded. If he's just doing his job without any
personality, then I'd skip the tip!
I do not tip the Kaiser valets and I don't think I've seen anyone
else do so either.
I've never tipped the valets at Kaiser. I don't think I've observed anyone else doing it
Maybe it is a guy thing but I don't like anybody driving my car-
especially valets. We were unfortunately members at Kaiser for
many years. When visiting the site you mention I was appalled
that they insisted on valet only and charged to park there.
Walnut Creek is free parking and a much nicer facility. As such
I simply refused to support the parking garage-ever. I was
always able to find a meter under the overpass or right out
front or in a couple worst case scenarios over by the Honda
dealer side street. Kaiser won't pay for your car if it gets
dinged I expect. For 15 years I always found a spot and never
got a ticket or had any kind of problem. Your choice, but I
wouldn't support the program. You pay to be a member there and
it isn't like folks are abusing that lot to go shopping
elsewhere in the neighborhood or visit the park!
Wow. . . I never even considered it. Now I'm feeling cheap!!
I don't tip there.
After seeing the other posts, which are completely opposite my
opinions, I had to answer. I tip a dollar at the Kaiser Mosswood
parking. These guys are probably getting only $8 an hour, parking
at the building is cheap anyway, and I love the fact that I don't
have to deal with parking the car on my own and wheeling my
infant through a parking garage full of distracted parents late
I have never tipped there at Kaiser Pediatrics in Oakland. FYI,
**City of Oakland** is who made Kaiser have to charge for
parking. I'm not sure why that is. I went to a ''picking a
pediatrician'' night, and this is what they told me. Other
cities, Richmond and Walnut Creek didn't require this. Weird,
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