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What is the official name of the guy in the restaurant who takes the car from the customers and then returns the cars back to them when they finish visiting the restaurant?

"parking guy"?

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The term is valet.

Wikipedia has a whole page on it. Though I could not find a clear definition in any dictionary, a paragraph from the Wikipedia page says it all.

Valet parking is a parking service offered by some restaurants, stores, and other businesses, particularly in North America. In contrast to "self-parking", where customers find a parking space on their own, customers' vehicles are parked for them by a person called a valet.

Down there on the page:

parking valet – a service employee who parks cars for guests, only from 1960.

Things apart, as J.R. describes (Thanks J.R.), it's better to say - The valet parks the car for the customer. If you still want to use receive, you may say The valet receives an order of parking a car from its owner.

Apart from that, there are professional services as well. They are defined as car valeting services.

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  • Thanks, please do we say the valet takes the car from the customer or the valet receives the car from the customer or another word than takes and receives ? May 17, 2014 at 9:48
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    @MarcoDinatsoli: Either would be correct, although "receive" sounds more polite than "take". May 17, 2014 at 10:54
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    @MarcoDinatsoli - I wouldn't say either one of those. I'd simply say, "The valet parks the car for the customer." Since the customer retains ownership of the car, there's really no "taking" or "receiving." You could also say, "The customer leaves the car for the valet."
    – J.R.
    May 17, 2014 at 11:37
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    @MarcoDinatsoli Yes, J.R. is correct but then a valet can receive/take an order of parking the car by the owner. However, in any case, J.R.'s version is better.
    – Maulik V
    May 17, 2014 at 12:23
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A 'Valet' is a person who takes a customer's car (in your case, a restaurant).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valet_parking

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  • Thanks, please do we say the valet takes the car from the customer or the valet receives the car from the customer or another word than takes and receives ? May 17, 2014 at 9:51
  • The valet takes the car from the customer. is good. You may be able to say The valet parks the car for the customer, depending on the context.
    – The6P4C
    May 17, 2014 at 9:54
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Valet Attendant is the word I would use. In fact, I'd bet on this term having a larger frequency of concordances in newer corpora.

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