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Do Poorer People Tip More than the Rich?

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breakingbread
234 Rider Driver
 Posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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What is your experience? I find that when I drive in the projects I tend to get more tips than in the wealthy suburbs. Anyone else notice this?

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    Wes
    1574 Rider Driver
     8 months ago

    I tend to agree with you.  Servers are consistently the best tippers as well as anyone that works in an industry where they would routinely receive tips.    I've had so many poor (by their own admission) apologize for not tipping over the years - and I truly appreciate and feel bad for them.  I find the obviously wealthy are LOUSY tippers.  I also find that by driving a really nice car - i honestly think that hurts more than it helps as a lot of riders feel "I'm not going to tip him.  He has more money than I do"....

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      katyeliopolis
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       8 months ago

      Hmm, this is a really interesting point:  "I also find that by driving a really nice car - i honestly think that hurts more than it helps as a lot of riders feel "I'm not going to tip him.  He has more money than I do".... "


      I find you can't have anything nice without people assuming you have lots of money.

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    JeffreyDean
    12
     8 months ago  (edited 8 months ago)

    While I try to always appreciate what I have by remembering/trying not to be judgmental (mentally; I never say such things to riders/customers), I have noticed the less affluent can and do tip more than the  affluent. I actually got into this gig not expecting tips, so they are really sweet when I do receive them, and I have been wowed when the less affluent tip me. Maybe that's a sign of some preconceived ideas, but it always reiterates to remain humble and continue to be respectful.

    Not to hijack this thread, but I always wonder about the riders who make it a point to say they'll tip me thru the app. I always wonder if that's their way of hoping I will give a good rating. If so, it doesn't matter to me if they tip me a $100. If they're a jerk, then I rate them accordingly.

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      Denver28
      47 Rider
       8 months ago

      I think they do that because they know drivers rate them on how much the riders tip. The word is getting out that drivers do this (and unfairly in my opinion), and passengers are nervous how their rates will be affected.

      I mean, what a kick in the pants if you are a passenger, leave good tip in the app but end up getting bad ratings because you didn't do it fast enough.

      I see some drivers saying those who say they will tip never tip, but I don't know if they know what they are talking about.

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    mrboldman007
    33 Driver
     8 months ago

    In my experience, yes! People I'd expect to give tips and those that I think no way, end up surprising me! In my area we have a big tourist industry and the workers at these hotels and restaurants do provide tips on a more frequent basis. 

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      sa11ymae6y
      44 Rider
       8 months ago

      I find this so sad. It reminds me of a time when I was a kid and had to sell crappy stuff from one of those magazine for a fundraiser and I went door to door and this poor older women who was on some type of disability payment bought something from me and had to get this envelope of cash and count our her ones! I remember even as a kid feeling super guilty...


      Those who have little to give often give the most.

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    Peterthebull
    140
     8 months ago

    I think this is one of those myths that gets passed along quicker because it's more interesting to hear the irony. I think the truth is more obvious.  People who have more money tip more.

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    bellylaugh
    39 Rider
     8 months ago

    I find this post sort of confusing I mean how do you know someones economic circumstances just by the location at which you picked them up?

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      Wes
      1574 Rider Driver
       8 months ago

      sometimes it's location especially if they make it obvious it's their home or where they live, but you can sometimes tell by how people conduct themselves, how they dress (dirty unkempt versus clothing that has been ironed or is clean and fits correctly)....  and many times you're right, you just can't tell.

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        JeffreyDean
        12
         8 months ago

        It is not always the p/u point; sometimes the destination. 99.5% of people who live in economically depressed areas are not millionaires.

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    jolly
    40 Rider
     8 months ago

    Im not a driver but I have noticed this as a waitress. Rich people tend to be stingy.

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      ce
      58 Rider
       8 months ago

      Yep. How do you think the rich get rich...