How Much People Tip Taxis – And Why They Do It [Roundup]

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  1. 60% of people choose a tip from the menu = 60% of people dont know basic math

    The stupidity of tipping in your country continues to amaze anyone outside of the US.

  2. Can you save up the F&B vouchers on a 2 night stay and spend 2 $15 credits at a Hilton for one breakfast and get breakfast at a conference or (gasp) in the real world the other day?

  3. tipping is for stupid americans who like to virtue signal

    most properties will not let you do that

    I am using my hilton points only to stay at breakfast included properties

  4. Tipping is indeed stupid and a platform for virtue signaling, but we are forced to do it. The argument that if we all stopped, employers would make up the shortfall, doesn’t hold water in polite company.

  5. Why tip a employee who is doing their job that they are hired to do? Does anyone tip a lawyer? doctor? accountant? salesperson? NOPE But for some reason taxi drivers, Dunkin Donut workers and Starbucks employees feel that they are entitled to get a tip for doing a job that they are supposed to do.

  6. I don’t have a problem with tipping. Either way I will be paying the same thing. Either people tip or wages are increased and is reflected in a higher price I pay. The fixation on tips is not logical. People in Europe where tips aren’t the norm don’t make more money in the end than the U.S. The median household income in France/Germany is €26,000 vs $62,000 in the U.S. Waitresses can make good money if they are pleasant here.

    Tipping gives me control over the experience because workers (cab driver or waiter/ess) have an incentive to be nice and provide decent service in order to get a higher tip. I always tip on any service but I tip more for nicer workers.

    For yellow cabs or cabs in Europe, I tip ~20%. For Uber I maybe tip less if it is a $7.96 5 minute trip. Sometimes I tip $3 for a nice guy. Sometimes I tip $1 for a so so one. These local Uber trips are not like yellow cabs who maybe have to drive back to the airport or manhttan without a fare. They get jobs right after. I factor this in tipping less.

    In a place like Morocco where what would be a $15 ride in NY is $5, I tipped 100%. Pleasant people who get me where I need to go safely I don’t mind tipping. Argentina is the same where what would be $20 in the U.S. costs $2.95 for a ride. The (German heritage) cab driver was shocked to get a tip in ARS equal to his fare. Argentina is a sad case of what happens when the free market economy is messed with. Turkey, don’t even get me started.

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