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Why do we tip taxi drivers?

Why do we tip taxi drivers?

Taxi drivers are paid to get us to our destination in a professional manner. Once they’ve done that, why on earth should we give them extra money for that privilege?

There’s a simple reason to tip bar and restaurant staff – they earn a low wage, but we’re also far more likely to see them again. A good tip will ensure good service the next time you see said waiter – but that doesn’t apply with taxi drivers. One black cab is the same as another.

So why do we tip taxi drivers? Answers on a postcard please…

8 Comments

  • Usually, it's because i'm totally hammered out of my skull and want to thank him for putting up with me and my incoherent blabbing from the back seat.

    Otherwise…I don't usually.

  • i don't either!

  • Skarlett

    I always tip-
    and I have no idea why.

    Maybe because of the service of getting you to your destination in a safe and quick manner?
    For help with your bags when you travel?
    Directions or site seeing while on the ride in a new city?

    But I tip cab drivers even when I have no bags, the driver didn't know how to get where I was going, and it took forever to get there.

    I'm a glutton though-
    I tip everyone.

  • Unless it is raining or they get me to my destination in double quick time then I am loathed to tip Manhattan cab drivers any more than rounding up to the nearest dollar (I think it would be physically impossible to get small change out of a cab driver). I am sorry but they are just not in the same league as the black cab drivers in London, whom I willingly over tip πŸ™‚

  • so they won't spend 5 minutes painfully huffing and sighing while making a BIG show of trying find my change.

  • I've never tipped a cab driver! They are so overpriced anyway…

    You know how cheap I am.

  • Hmm. I don't know but I'm more likely to tip a cab driver than a waitress. But not in the future. Oh no. And they have YOU to thank for that. πŸ˜‰

  • Razor's right, unless you give them the exact money they assume that the change is theirs to keep and will make such an embarrassing song and dance at getting change out (various pockets, a wallet from under the seat, etc.).

    Do I tip? Hell yes, I'm too much of a wuss to do otherwise.

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