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Updated on Thursday, February 27

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QUESTION: How much do you tip the taxi driver?

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  1. Usually round up to the nearest 5 or 10.

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  2. I round up and then add an extra dollar or two. Usually between 3 and 5 (if the were really nice.)

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  3. You're supposed to tip a taxi driver? I don't really take taxis often given I lived in Sauga and Toronto but I felt taxis were overpriced already so they did just fine. Only time I tipped taxi drivers were when they were awesome or like when my friend puked in the taxi. That's an obvious one.

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    1. Yes. They work long hours and a lot of the money goes to the company, not the driver.

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    2. You are not supposed to tip anyone. It is just thought of as common courtesy for some people. Just because you work long hours does not mean you get tipped

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  4. The only thing I tip is my trilby. A lot of people mix up the trilby and the fedora up but I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a fedora; people who wear fedoras are losers.

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  5. One is probably enough.
    "hey man your cab is really clean"

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  6. I don't tip the cab driver unless they were very nice or otherwise stood out. Then I tip usually 10% or whatever makes a convenient round number.

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  7. The same amount I tip the bus driver, train engineer or a pilot

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    1. To you non-tippers/cheap people. People who work jobs meant to receive tips generally get paid less than those whose occupations do not involve tips. Cab drivers get exploited by the cab companies and therefore rely on tips as part of their wage. To those of you who say, don't be a cab driver then! -some people don't have a lot of career options. They have families to take care of and aren't as privileged as you. If people weren't in these positions there wouldn't be any cab drivers at all. It is not their fault the can companies take advantage of them. It's a similar process for servers. The meal you're getting for $11.99 would more than double in price if the restaurant had to pay all of their servers full wage. Being able to pay servers less allows a restaurant to offer decent prices and those special nights so many students love to take advantage of. Servers rely on tips as part of their income. My friend is a server and for the most part people generally tip 15% - it's a social norm and most people get it. In my opinion if you can't afford to factor in a tip if the service is decent then you can't afford to go out to eat. If you have some lame excuse for not tipping you should own your cheap ass ways and warn the server at the beginning of the meal that you do not tip (otherwise you're just a coward reaping the benefits of those who do tip). Same goes for taxi drivers, don't use one if you don't tip, or tell them before you get in the cab that you don't tip.

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    2. 11a What do you mean benefits of those who tip? What's the driver going to do if you tell them you don't tip? Refuse to serve you? If they don't do their job, what's the point of them getting a wage in the first place?

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  8. Depends on the place. In Waterloo, I only take the cabs on $8-20 rides, so I'll give the guy $2-4. In other cities like NYC, SF... ugh, 20% minimum or they stare at you like you're the world's biggest cheapskate.

    I do understand the necessity of tipping, I just wish that I didn't have to buy into the exploitation by supporting it with 20%+ tips.

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