Key Biscayne Man Gets Banned From Soho Beach House After Valet Wrecks His Porsche

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A Soho Beach House valet crashed Robert Larsson's 2013 Porsche Panamera, similar to the one pictured above.
What's worse than emerging from a delicious meal at a hip hotel to find your six-figure Porsche wrecked by valet drivers? Getting banned for life from the hotel chain over the crash.

That's what one Key Biscayne resident alleges happened to him at SoBe hot spot Soho Beach House. Now, in perhaps Miami's most First-World complaint ever, he wants to expose the members-only club and get compensation for his wrecked ride.

"Why should my freedom be infringed upon for damages they have caused?" says Robert Larsson, a fruit exporting company executive.

Larsson's trouble began October 15, when a Soho member invited him to dinner at the acclaimed Cecconi's Italian restaurant on the property. He'd had the $125,000 2013 Porsche Panamera GT for only five weeks when he handed the keys to a valet from USA Parking System -- and then watched in horror as the driver attempted to cross three lanes of oncoming traffic on Collins Avenue to reach Soho's driveway.

"He hit another car," Larsson says. "It was pretty serious impact. The air bags were deployed."

Initially, Larsson says, USA Parking offered him only $6,124 when he asked for $40,000 to fix the damage. After five months of haggling and pressuring Soho's general manager, Michael Ryan, USA Parking agreed to pay $25,000, according to emails and letters Larsson provided Banana Republican. He was supposed to get his check January 25 -- but then came the caveat.

Larsson says USA Parking's lawyer, Melanie Damian, sent him a release to sign that would ban him from setting foot on any Soho property around the world, from London to New York to Berlin. (USA Parking executive vice president L. Garry DeMayo did not return phone calls seeking comment.)

Larsson balked. "Why do they need to ban me?" he asks. "What if this happened to someone less fortunate than me?"

A Soho spokeswoman who did not want to be identified says Soho "has been very cooperative with Mr. Larsson." She declined further comment because he has threatened to sue Soho and USA Parking over the ban.

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myakrasia
myakrasia

Those looking to get into Soho House as members, drop me a line at myakrasia@gmail.com

remydejesus3
remydejesus3

Why even get involved with negotiating with USA Parking? Unless there is the possibility he was going naked on the Comprehensive and Collision coverage. The best course for normal people is to let the Insurer's claims department negotiate with the Company that's providing the Garage Liability Coverage for USA Parking and wait for subrogation to reimburse the deductible. Representation in an occurrence on your behalf is included in the insurance contract, assuming he has Comp/Coll. coverage. Getting involved personally in the claims negotiation gives the hint that the victim has more money than acumen.

Ked Killjoy
Ked Killjoy

They can not ban this man. He needs to sue them. How can they say that they only want to pay $6,000 to $25,000 worth of damage when the cost of the damage was $40,000? He needs to sue for total damage and stress. None of this was his fault.

Andre Armando
Andre Armando

SoHo should be ashamed for putting this guy through this; he had NOTHING to do with the incident.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Show some class, if a place doesn't want your money, don't go begging.

gpaugam7
gpaugam7

Where is the liability insurance for USA Parking???

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