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Lawsuit Claims $85,000 Mercedes Was Stolen From Yauatcha’s Valet Lot


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A gold Mercedes G550 that was not stolen from the Yauatcha valet lot
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As if spending a big chunk of change on dim sum wasn’t enough, one Yauatcha patron found himself out $85,000 after his fancy car was stolen from the restaurant’s valet lot.

A lawsuit filed against valet operator Sovereign Services of Houston alleges that the company allowed a 2014 Mercedes-Benz G550 worth more than $80,000 to be stolen from the valet lot used to park cars for Yauatcha patrons, reports the Houston Chronicle.

The vehicle was found a few days later, but not until after owner Marcus Spagnoletti filed suit. According to the filing, security video from the lot shows the thieves grabbing the Mercedes’ keys from the valet stand and driving away. As such, Spagnoletti is seeking damages in excess of “$100,000 but not more than $200,000.”

Harris County Court records indicate that in 2014, Sovereign Services of Houston was sued by a party guest who alleged that one of the company’s employees extensively damaged a vehicle in the process of finding a parking spot. That case was ultimately settled out of court.

Like most restaurants, Yauatcha contracts out valet service to a third-party company, meaning that it is not liable for the vehicle’s theft. As such, the restaurant is not named as a party in the lawsuit.

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