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As an Uber/Lyft driver do you tip if you are a rider?

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momof4
7973 Rider Driver
 Posted 12 months ago

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Just curious, maybe I am wrong. Had to take Uber 2 weeks ago. I made sure I was a good passenger, didnt eat in the car, left nothing behind etc.. I did slam the door though unintentionally. I took a short Uber X 3 mile trip so I made sure I tipped the driver 10.00. I have had 7 rides in past few months where my rider said they also drove for Uber or their mom drove for Uber. The 2 that had a mom drive for tipped me, 1 did not. Out of the four that drove for Uber only 1 tipped. I think that that that the other 3 who drive for Uber shouldve known better and at least tipped a few dollars. I am not saying that had to tip 5/10 but 3.00 wouldve been nice. Any thoughts from other drivers? Am I wrong to think that? 

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    RPaulson
    548 Driver
     12 months ago

    When I originally started driving for Uber, the expectation was that the tipping wasn't required.  To be completely honest, I took that at face value and expected none.  I didn't even carry cash with me while I drove, and I actually didn't mind it.

    The times were different back then.  I was making more money than I did as a taxi driver, and I was happy being a UberBlack driver.  I felt like I owned my own business, a limo company, and I made a decent business out of it. It also helped that it was a way it allowed me to gain more and more clients.  I will admit now that once I got to know the customers, they would simply call me and didn't go through Uber at all. 

    Why am I telling you this story?  It's because it's about expectations and how much we are making.  Int he above case, I expected none and I was able to make a living.  I also got paid well, so I had nothing to complain.

    So in summary, the problem is how low Uber is paying rig...

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    When I originally started driving for Uber, the expectation was that the tipping wasn't required.  To be completely honest, I took that at face value and expected none.  I didn't even carry cash with me while I drove, and I actually didn't mind it.

    The times were different back then.  I was making more money than I did as a taxi driver, and I was happy being a UberBlack driver.  I felt like I owned my own business, a limo company, and I made a decent business out of it. It also helped that it was a way it allowed me to gain more and more clients.  I will admit now that once I got to know the customers, they would simply call me and didn't go through Uber at all. 

    Why am I telling you this story?  It's because it's about expectations and how much we are making.  Int he above case, I expected none and I was able to make a living.  I also got paid well, so I had nothing to complain.

    So in summary, the problem is how low Uber is paying right now.  Looking at the figures discussed, say people tipping $1 on a $6 ride, that is just not a good business model to be leaning on. It is disgraceful that this money issue has been pushed down to be argued between drivers and customers, while this really should be a business problem that is being handled at the corporate level.  (Just as a record, I am not against tipping.  If we go this direction, Uber needs to set the expectation, say 20%, and educate their users on it. Then this gray area will disappear and everyone will go back to being happy.)

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    LG-PA
    809 Driver
     12 months ago

    $10.00 on a 3 minute ride is very generous of you.

    Do you need any more Uber rides in the near future? Would gladly shuttle you around lol.

    I always Tip though I only took one ride as a passenger, as I am driver. But it would never cross my mind not to. Unless driver was on their phone, drove dangerously and had a car that was a dump (inside) - even then maybe I would give a smaller tip, but would make it a point to write in ther feedback what they could improve. I think with time passengers will get smarter and treat drivers in same manner as waiters and hopefully tip more often. On the contrary I would not tip a gass station attendant if all they do is stick a nozzle in my tank and go chill out. If they attempt to squuege my window - tip is guaranteed.

    Maybe passengers apply same skewed logic to drivers (well driver did what he is paid to do) and nothing extra. This is wherepassengers ned to understand that we are driving them and sometimes their families and getting them safely to their destinations, keep cars clean, etc. but  I am guessing they do not dig deeper to understand that:)

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      momof4
      OP 7973 Rider Driver
       12 months ago  (edited 12 months ago)

      I was wandering what drivers thought about other drivers not tipping when they are passengers. Had a few people say they drove for Uber. Only 1 guy tipped 2 males and a female didnt. Two young 20 something said their moms drove for Uber both tipped. I would think as a driver you would tip knowing what it is like out there. 

      It was 3 mile ride lol 10 min. I tipped what I did because I drive and know what it's like out there.

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        RPaulson
        548 Driver
         12 months ago

        If there's a driver who doesn't tip, then that person is a cheap hypocrite.  His or her words lose all credibility in my eyes.  

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          LG-PA
          809 Driver
           12 months ago

          Some people get it and some don’t. The ones that don’t get it either never worked in service industry or just cheap asses.

          I run my car through a $4.00 basic car wash once a week and always tip guys at end who dry the car out. Pulled up today got ready to run car through, noticed I had no cash at all, turned around and left, will come back tomorrow when I can tip them ;) just does not feel right to not tip someone who sweats all day drying cars.

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            momof4
            OP 7973 Rider Driver
             12 months ago

            Totally agree. Had to call AAA to jump my car today. Always tip the AAA guy/girl who jumps your car, changes your tire, or breaks into your vehicle when your child leaves them in the car.

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              AngieKM169
              106 Rider
               11 months ago

              This is a random tip, but if you have American Express, they come with roadside assistance. There may be a small fee. It depends on the card level you have.  If you have Amex Gold, then it's all free.  I cancelled my AAA a few years ago when I realized I had it. 

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    Bigfrank
    420 Driver Driver Rider
     12 months ago

    I never had a problem as a driver of 30 plus years in regards to customers tipping that rounded out to at 25 % at the end of the day on average. The key word is customer which is rarely used when people talk about ride hailing apps. UBER tried to destroy tipping but the damage is done which is why I rarely use the app is additional income. The gratuity is vital for the driver and not tipping of course means less income and more expenses which is why drivers have formed unions to fight the slave capitalists and their hungry INVESTORS..  What disgraceful conduct that this beautiful country allows.

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      DaimsLer
      255
       11 months ago

      25%? I have never heard of a rockstar performance like that.  That seems impossible to me.   Oh, you must mean driving a taxi when the tipping was more customary.

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        Bigfrank
        420 Driver Driver Rider
         11 months ago

        No, I am talking about the present moment in which I average 25 % in tips. How ?  By having your own hand picked customers who value personal service over the cheap A to B ubererish deliverance.  I never seen so many tightwads in a ride sharing app so let them stay there because I don't need and nor do I want them.