Prior Design to Valet: Please Don’t Die On Our Alcantara

Design firm and luxury hotel battle it out.

This was one of theoddest press releases we have ever received. Aftermarket design firm, PriorDesign, decided to reach out to all of its contacts, filing an official whine and moan against Monaco luxury hotel, Hotel de Paris. Apparently, the firm’s crewrecently checked in at the hotel and asked the staff to keep their hands off of its Audi R8. This sounds fair enough, and the hotel’s bitchy policy - which doesn’t allowguests to park their own cars - irked us as well.

But here’s where Priorbecomes way more douchey: apparently, while parking the car, the hotel valetsuffered a herniated vertebral disk and was unable to exit the car. Police andparamedics were called to the scene, and according to the firm, they “stormed”the vehicle in an attempt to assist the injured employee. Somehow, Prior Designclaims that the damage to the car’s carbon, Alcantara and nappa leather was soextensive, it wants 10,000 euros from the hotel in compensation, a demand thatthe hotel is refusing liability for. Surely, a luxury hotel such as this shouldtrain its employees to have their medical emergencies in the servants’entrance.

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