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Do you give cash tips to taxi drivers? And why?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by StateOfPlay, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. StateOfPlay

    StateOfPlay Well-Known Member

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    I always feel the need to give a tip to a taxi driver, but I am starting to wonder why. He isn't giving me a discount, he is just doing his job. I already give him money, and then I scrape about for change, or say "keep that".

    I am going to be using taxi services every day next week, and it will cost too much if I tip every driver for every journey.

    Am I a miser for not wanting to leave a tip?
     
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    Nope, you're not a miser.
    Tips are now expected for everything, regardless of whether they offer an above expected service. It shouldn't be like this.
    Lately I've opted out of leaving/giving tips if I don't think its deserved.

    This scene from Reservoir Dogs sums it all up perfectly:



    Reservoir Dogs Tipping/Gratuity Scene 720p HD - YouTube
     
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  4. StateOfPlay

    StateOfPlay Well-Known Member

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    Great clip Ads, exactly what I was thinking.

    If the taxi driver gives me a good share tip, or an educational guide to the local area, I may consider a tip. If he talks a load of all **** about tax, price of petrol, how hard up he is, I will not bother to tip him.
     
  5. jojo

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    I don't remember when the last time I went in a taxi, never mind tip the driver?! Must admit I've never tipped one. I do tip fastfood delivery drivers though. Only because I employ a few and know how hard it can get if it's busy!
     
  6. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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    If the fair is £9 I might pay them £10 but the ride home is normally a tenner so thats all I pay.

    When we get currys at work we just pay the bill, it normally 50 - 60 quid so we have spent enough :)
     
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    yes, always do - also tip at restaurants, hairdressers
     
  8. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Nice link ads, Mr Pink = legend!!

    Only tip if pished and in a good mood, otherwise no. They charge enough as it is.
    Like Jo said I always bung the delivery chap 50p but he's been around a while.
     
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    TBH, the standard of service you get wherever you go is pretty piss poor these days, whether that's a taxi, restaurant or whatever.

    I've got no beef with tipping, if the service is good though.

    Like most folk, I've worked in customer service / hospitality at one point or another in my life, and if you can't be arsed doing a decent job, change your occupation rather than being a miserable arse.

    Sorry, rant over, the last taxi I took into town came to mind with a right grumpy so-and-so and then gave me 'the look' when I waited for my change.
     
  10. Ghost

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    Yes.. If i was using the same taxi company all the time, they tend to be quicker or on time to pick you up,

    No.. if it was a one off taxi ride, id only round it off like fingermouse said, £9 give £10 that sort of thing. if the fare was £5 £10 id just give that.
     
  11. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    fk tipping. its their job, which is already expensive enough.
    i dont tip any fooker, only when im on holiday and people run around for you like slaves do i tip.
     
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    I tip them. But the only time i ever get taxis is home from a night out. Im always too drunk to care tbh lol :)
     
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    Last taxi i took was cus was over the limit and werent even gonna think about risking it... He took the long way back hoping to get extra money from me i think the fare was about 22quid so i threw him 20quid and told him to go f*ck himself for being a greedy twat!!!
     
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    No, the taxi drivers I know have more holidays than I do, however much they complain.

    There are people who work far harder for low wages and no tip, when was the last time you tipped a nurse?

    I tip if someone goes out of their way, not otherwise, tipping is a relic from the days before minimum wage.
     
  15. George 1982

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    I do if they're chatty or if ur away from home and they offer local advice :)
     
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    Aye i bet they take you the long way around aswell if they know your not local haha
     
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    Turns out the Taxi's were all on account, so I didn't need to pay cash and didn't give a tip.

    I am a meany!
     
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    i don't tip anyone. they are getting paid don't see the need to tip them. i don't get tips for doing my job.

    just my way of looking at things
     
  19. S4 Muzza

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    depends on the amount, if its £4.50 i'll give him a fiver, if its £5 i'll give him a fiver!
     

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