Valet boy

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A valet boy at Puduraya district, Kuala Lumpur
A valet boy at Puduraya district, Kuala Lumpur

Valet boy (Malay: Jaga kereta) is a term used in some countries to refer to young people who ask for fees from those who park at the roadside.[1] Valet boys usually work in groups, and demand an RM 1-5 "parking fee" from car owners, under an agreement that they will protect the car. It is these very same valets, however, who do the vandalizing should the driver refuse to pay. This "protection" service is a form of extortion. The valet boys do not park the car for the owner; rather they direct drivers into parking lots. [2] This practice has become common in large Brazilian cities, such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where numerous cases of "valet boys" vandalizing cars are reported every day. Similar schemes are also run in Argentina and Italy and other European countries although often the person is not a 'boy'. In the Philippines, however, this scheme is mostly run by street children.

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