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Dude, where's my car? Valet mix up leaves woman wondering

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If you've ever used a valet service, chances are you have handed your keys over without much worry. That may change after you hear Trisha Dooher‘s story.

It was her first brand new car that she had just made her second payment and when a valet confused her car and another just like it, somebody else drove off with it.

"It just blows my mind, this whole situation blows my mind," Dooher said. "One, he just gave my car away. Two, the police were like ‘meh what do ya do, good luck'."

If that wasn't enough the other driver didn't notice they were in somebody else's car and never came back.

Dooher had gone to the Coil Center in Minneapolis to see her daughter in a play, returned to the ramp across the street where she used valet parking for the first time in her life.

"I handed him my ticket and then see him for the next three to five minutes running, kind of in the basement of the parking lot looking for my car," Dooher said. "The guy comes over to me and said ‘I gave your car away'."

She flagged police to help Thursday night, but since nothing appeared criminal they wouldn't get involved.

The ramp's operator, Standard Parking out of Chicago confirmed the switch and confirmed the valet didn't follow procedure and was being disciplined accordingly. She eventually tracked her car down to a driveway in Bloomington. When asked why Minneapolis Police couldn't track the plates of the other vehicle to help track down the other driver, the answer was interesting. In the wake of the license data breach, officrs are told not to run plates unless it's clearly work related and that since there was no crime, it wasn't work related.

While wondering how does the other driver not realize they're in the wrong car? Dooher said her daughter borrowed their car and drove it downtown and it wasn't a car she was used to driving.

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