Many restaurants are already prepared for tourists who leave insufficient gratuities and build in an 18% service charge probably what you are used to at home. I was not required to do one thing more and obviously I did a lot more. The ones that do not have their taxi light on are already taken. I hold myself to this same standard when I am at a restaurant. Was the driver pleasant and able to carry on a polite conversation during your trip? Fwiw, I do 10% for an average ride, 15% for anything exceptional. In fact, in the early days of credit card machines in cabs, virtually every driver would lie and tell you the credit card machine was broken.
I guess that is why restaurants do an automatic gratuity on large groups of 8 or more. I thought the same way about cabbies as many of you here, but after doing the job, I have a newfound massive respect for them. The Taxis in New York City will just stop, whether it is safe for you to approach or not, meaning sometimes you are left to cross a busy road before you can secure your seat in the back. Tipping Tipping your cab driver is customary in New York, but not mandatory. I drive a taxi and I am an out of work network engineer.
Once you get inside the cab, say hello and take a second to settle down. I still smile, thank them, and move on. Think about that next time you go out and feel like stiffing your hard working server or bartender. The drivers with better hours enjoy at least one rush hour. Without the money I pay for daily rental of the vehicle where would any cab company get money to live on? Is this information useful to you? In fact, I only ever pay for and tip cabs by credit card. Now I like little old ladies, and I am usually very patient.
Did the driver speak fluent English? I handed the guy what I thought was a generous tip, and he very pointedly looked at what I had handed him, then back up at me in disgust. Trips to Westchester and Nassau counties are similar, in that the entire ride is metered, but the portion outside the city limits is doubled to compensate the driver for the return portion of his trip. We all depend on tips to cover part of our operation costs. I have used this guy before and he does a great job. Then I tip about 25%…I get to tip about 1 of every 100 trips. It may behoove you, though, to download the Uber app and just take one of their cars instead. We will not bring any credit card during our trip.
Tip your servers at least their 15%! I also tip them well when receiving services from them. The fees cost them so much that taking credit cards for small purchases just isn't worth it. Depending on companies , but I make 40% of your fare. I just text him when I need a ride to the airport and he is there. Australia, South Korea, Argentina, and Brazil are other countries that do not consider tipping a common practice. I was in Dulles for a 7-hour layover and went into town with my family to see some sights, then took a cab back to the airport. Cab companies work for the drivers, not the other way around.
But is that fair to the customer or worker to judge their service. If you choose not to tip that is your right, however asking for my card or personal number for future trips may get a laugh outta me. Hopefully, cab driver wont be too calculative on what should be the exact 15% on top. If a patron doesnt tip, I litterally pay to serve them. Anonymous So, I talked to my cabbies last night.
Anonymous I had a similar thing happen, which is why I looked this up. The more you give to service people, apparently, the more they seem to expect rather than feel greatful for. Anonymous With cab drivers I agree with everyone 15% ish. Any taxi drivers want to enlighten us? He loaded all my stuff onto his cart and commented escorted me to check in with the airline, then and this is what I call above and beyond loaded my two heavy suitcased on the scales one at a time, waited while my check-in was complete then continued to escort me to the fragile section to get my guitar checked in. That having been said, one should really receive terrible service in order to forgo a tip.
It would just be easier if the amount they charged would be the amount I had to pay. Anonymous So why not just give everyone a decent wage and avoid ambiguity? If you do, then you must think the govt gives you money when you get a tax refund. One of the things that are most confusing to many visitors when going on holiday to New York City is the practice of tipping gratuities ; who to tip, how much to tip, etc. I am clean, my car is clean, and smells good. Anonymous Neil, you are an idiot. What would happen if no one tipped? On average, I tip out 48% of the tips I make in a night.