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Some Jerk Spit On A Beverly Hills Valet And Hit Him With His Mercedes
Police are searching for some jerk who allegedly spit on a valet attendant, then jumped in his car and ran into the attendant before fleeing the scene.
The man valeted his silver SL500 Mercedes at The Stinking Rose restaurant in Beverly Hills on Sunday, CBS LA reports. When the man went to retrieve his car at around 9 p.m., he found he didn't have the five bucks he needed to pay the valet charge. Steve Lakis, the restaurant's manager, said that the man came into the restaurant and reported his issue and was told there was an ATM across the street. Then, things got weird. The man exited the restaurant, then "said '(expletive) this place' and spit in [the valet attendant's] face," Lakis said.
The man then got in the car and tried to leave without paying. However, the only way out was via a narrow driveway with the attendant he'd just spit on in the way. The attendant, who declined to be identified, told CBS that the driver kept bumping him with his car, trapping him between the car and a column. So, the valet jumped on the only space available: the Mercedes' hood.
The man drove with the attendant on the hood while Lakis said he was grabbing onto the side of the car shouting at the attendant to get off because he was afraid for the valet's life. Meanwhile, witnesses told NBC that the driver repeatedly sped up and slowed down in an attempt to knock the valet off the hood. After about 30 feet, the attendant was able to get off the car and the driver sped away. The valet was not hurt, though this is the second time that he's been attacked at this restaurant in two months.
Reminder: this was over a $5 fee.
Spitting on someone is a misdemeanor battery charge, according to Lt. Renalto Moreno of the Beverly Hills Police Department, but using your car in a "threatening manner" is a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Police have accessed security footage, though it has not been released at this time.
The car has been described as a new, silver SL500 Mercedes with paper plates from a dealership on it.