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Tipping Etiquette: How Much to Tip a Cab Driver?

Written by Nickel - 171 Comments

Quick question… What’s the going rate for tipping cab drivers?

I ask this because I recently had an odd interaction with a cab driver. I took a relatively short, very simple cab ride that resulted in a fare of just under $22. Since I only had $20 bills, I gave him two of them and asked for $14 in change and a receipt. He handed me the change and then just stared at me without giving me a receipt. When I again asked for a receipt, he sort of furrowed his brow, then dug one out and handed it to me.

Perhaps he was just an odd, somewhat anti-social guy, but I got the feeling that he was somehow unhappy with the transaction. But why? I had tipped him 20%. And it’s not like he had done anything extraordinary — I only had a couple of small bags, and I tossed them in the back seat myself. He didn’t even bother getting out of the car at either end of the trip. I’ve noodled around on the web a bit looking for an answer, and it seems that the going rate is somewhere in the neighborhood of 15%.

So that brings me back to my question… How much should you tip a cab driver?

Published on January 18th, 2008
Modified on June 23rd, 2011 - 171 Comments
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171 Responses to “Tipping Etiquette: How Much to Tip a Cab Driver?”

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  1. 1
    Lily Says:

    Maybe he was just exceptionally bad at math?

    I usually tip at least $2 for short trips (as in under $8). Then I tip 15-20% depending on whether the cabbie helped me with bags. I’ve never had anyone react to my standard or big tips, one way or the other.

  2. 2
    Scott Says:

    Maybe he was just irritated at having to produce a receipt?

  3. 3
    nickel Says:

    Scott: I don’t think the receipt was the problem, in that he just did what all cab drivers do… He simply handed me a blank, business-card like receipt. No fuss, no muss.

  4. 4
    CF Says:

    The tip amount sounds fine, but some cabbies hate changing larger bills – I think they fear they’ll end up with too many $20s and no change for future riders. Sometimes I’ll tell them right away that I only have $20s.

  5. 5
    C. Ward Says:

    Why should I tip a cab driver? I get in the cab, am driven to where I need to be, and I get out of the cab. What, exactly, has the driver done that is deserving of a tip?

    Sometimes, at airports, the driver will pick up my bag and place it into the trunk. I do not ask the driver to do this, in fact, I ask them NOT to do it. Let me handle it. Please.

    Unless the driver does something to deliver superior service, I don’t believe any tip is warranted.

  6. 6
    Frugal Dad Says:

    If I had a lot of bags I would consider tipping as much a $5. When you think about it, we tip a server 20% for brining food and drinks to our table. Cab drivers open doors, load/unload bags, and transport us safely our destination (of course, not all of them do all three things). If you find one that does it well, reward them for it.

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    jim Says:

    I think you did fine in terms of tipping but I think he may have been irked because he didn’t want two twenties, it’d be hard for him to make change later.

  8. 8
    KR Says:

    I think you may be being too hard on him. There’s a good chance he didn’t hear/understand your request for a receipt, especially if you was concentrating on how much change you asked for back. Then he was surprised when you didn’t get out of the car, which is why he looked at you. Then when you asked again, it registered that you already had ask him, plus cabbies tend to want these transactions to go as quickly as possible. Unless he made a specific comment, I’d give the guy a break.

    That being said, I usually go with 15-20%.

  9. 9
    A Writer and Her Money Says:

    20% is more than fair. As others have stated, 15-20% is standard with just about any service (assuming it’s good service), including cabbies, hair stylists, manicurists, wait staff, etc.

    Maybe your cabbie was having a bad day. Maybe his back hurt. Maybe he didn’t like your face. I wouldn’t worry about it or try to read his mind. You did well considering that you did all your own lifting. Don’t let the guy intimidate you or ruin your day. More than likely, it had nothing at all to do with you.

    Cheers,
    Marjorie

  10. 10
    Jason Says:

    I echo Lily’s response. I give around $2 for small fares (under $10), for larger fares, I usually tip around 20%. In your case, I probably would have rounded up and given him $5, but it’s basically the same.

  11. 11
    vh Says:

    pbpbphttt! That’s not atypical. One time we tipped a cabby 20% and as we walked away he stood on the curb yelling invective at us. We made no special demands of him and were not carrying luggage.

    It’s just a scam to make you feel like a sh** so you’ll pony up some more.

  12. 12
    Alex Says:

    Tipping is a funny business. Why should someone get extra money just because they did their job? When I work my butt off by staying at the office for 14 hours, no one tips me. I’ve been “recognized” and given a promotion, AND had my pay cut at the same time. Tipping is an uniquely American thing, which has spread to other cultures that deal w/ American tourists. TIPS, by the way, TIPS was a way To Insure Prompt Service. I don’t know about you, but too many people think they are entitled to something when they don’t. When that happens, I make a point NOT to give them a tip. When a person genuinely does a good job, then yes, I would tip. It’s a cultural and personal thing. Do what makes you feel good. I tip 15% when I go to restaurants, my parents 10%, and some of my friends tell me they never tip at all when they go to certain restaurants. I mean, when was the last time you feel compelled to tip the minimum wage McDonald’s guy that cleans the table and dumps your trash? But when we sit in a “restaurant”, we’re suddenly compelled to give them money for doing that? Give me a break.

  13. 13
    lauraloops Says:

    I am in Vegas right now, taking many, many cab rides. I round up and add a dollar, usually. One guy was very funny and chatty so I gave him a bit more (the fare was only $5 anyway). But I’ve had several that chat on their phones the entire time, which I consider rude and unprofessional. To me, that is lousy service, so I don’t tip them much at all.

  14. 14
    Dwight Schrute Says:

    Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.

  15. 15
    Frugal Bachelor Says:

    I think 15%-20% is enough. I only take cabs in the US once or twice a year, at the most, and I don’t understand why tips are required at all. In other countries I have been to where usually the fares are $1-$2, it is standard to count the coins they give back to make sure they didn’t shortchange you. Why is the US such an outlier here? One thing they all have in common is they are the scum of the earth. I think cabbies are the most worthless, dishonest people I have dealt with – and it’s the same all over the world.

  16. 16
    vh Says:

    Speaking of tips–this is only slightly off-topic, I hope–has anyone else noticed restaurant servers changing amounts charged to give themselves a larger tip?

    This has now happened to me three times. And I don’t think I’m a chintzy tipper…I never leave less than 15%, even if the service is mediocre, but the amount is usually 20%. This last episode, which I just noticed on the Visa bill, made me so mad I’m complaining to Visa and sending copies of the complaint and the receipt (which I happened to still have) to the restaurant manager.

  17. 17
    Mike Says:

    I don’t like to tip them anything. They are usually jerks and don’t deserve a tip.

    I’ve had the same problem as well with reciepts. When I do ask for one, they give me a blank ticket and I have to fill it out myself.

  18. 18
    chosha Says:

    Discussions like this make me so glad I live in Australia, where I’m not expected to use 20% of my spending money topping up the wages of underpaid service industry workers. Employers pay them less because tips are considered part of their pay, but it never makes the prices cheaper. Here we pay people properly and tip only for exceptional service. I don’t know anyone who’s ever tipped a taxi driver, because taxis are already so expensive. We usually leave some sort of tip for excellent service at a restaurant, but it’s not expected.

  19. 19
    Penny Says:

    It may have been both the “large” bills and asking for a receipt. I once had a cabbie hand me several of the blank receipts when I asked for one. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because other cabbies on the same trip (NYC) claimed they were out.

  20. 20
    Shana Says:

    I usually round up to the next dollar, as long as the end amount on the fare is lower than .40. If it’s above that, I round so they get a dollar and change. I usually take short trips ($6-8), so I think that’s quite fair. If a cabbie is particularly helpful, or doesn’t need any directions, I might tip an extra dollar. Though, in my city there is currently a fuel surcharge ($1-2, depending on the week and gas price), so I sometimes don’t tip — because when you think about it, if their car gets, say, 20 miles to the gallon, and the cabbie does short trips in the city, they’re making probably about $8-10 more per gallon, and that more than covers the higher charge of gas.

  21. 21
    Don Says:

    A cabbie once told me he didn’t have change to give which would’ve resulted in about a 25% tip. Fortunately, I had the exact amount after using all my small bills and coins. Worked out well for me cause I didn’t have anything small enough for a tip.

  22. 22
    Misa Says:

    It’s really interesting that I ran across this post today. My husband and I have been talking about cabbing expenses. I start work at five in the morning, we don’t have a car, the buses don’t run that early, and my lungs aren’t very good. My fare, including that stupid fuel charge, is usually between five and six bucks. I tend to give them ten dollars. My husband had told me that I was overtipping but I said that I didn’t think so. And the thing is that a lot of these cab drivers are RUDE or whine when I tell them where I need to go.

    And now, I find out that I HAVE been overtipping. Maybe I’ll start paying less…

  23. 23
    Colin Says:

    Interestingly enough, I was in Las Vegas a few weeks back and the cabbie was pulling a bit of a tipping scheme.

    He asked where we were from, and once we told him, said people from where we were from didn’t tip well.

    It was a ploy for us to say, not true, we do tip well. And seemingly buck the trend and give him a big tip.

    Watch out for stuff like that…tips can be their livelihood, but at your expense.

  24. 24
    Lynn Says:

    I have friends in the industry, and I can tell you two things: 1) you tipped enough, and 2) the driver you had is probably illiterate and was afraid you were asking him to WRITE a receipt. Note that other commenters mentioned often being given blank receipts by drivers, which they had to fill out themselves. Illiteracy in quite common among taxi drivers. Before you folks assume someone is being rude to you, take a moment to remember that there are millions of adults in America (yes millions) who don’t have basic reading and writing skills. Sometimes (gasp!) it’s NOT all about you!

  25. 25
    nickel Says:

    Lynn: Actually, I always assumed that they were trying to do people a favor by giving them a blank receipt that can be filled out for reimbursement of whatever amount they wish. Not that I would claim more than I paid, but I’m sure that there are those among us who would.

  26. 26
    Matt Schonert Says:

    To those up in arms about tipping:

    There is an attitude that a tip is some kind of undeserved bonus, when it is actually part of, not in addition to, the price you are paying for the service.

    Would it be a better world if Olive Garden, instead of expecting tips, simply charged an additional, non-negotiable 15% premium on your meal and passed that amount to the wait staff? Maybe. But then you would lose the discretion that allows you to reward exceptional service and penalize poor service.

    We don’t tip McDonald’s employees, because their customer service practices and pricing structure has evolved in such a way that the fixed prices of their meals produce the revenue necessary to compensate employees without relying on tips.

    There is certainly room to debate the practicality and economic efficiency of the gratuity system, but the “I’m a computer programmer and no one pays me tips!” argument ignores the real issue, which is that employees will be compensated one way or another.

    That being said, if the whole world quit tipping, hourly wages, and thus meal prices, would rise to compensate. Also: in a world that tips, those who tip are paying they way of those who do not.

  27. 27
    Jon Says:

    Lynn: Is it nickel’s fault that a person doing business in an predominantly English-speaking society can’t communicate well with his clients? A person living in the States who lacks English skills and business etiquette should expect to be misunderstood in social and business situations.

    We can be understanding toward those who lack basic literacy without faulting the customer for being taken aback by the driver’s forgivable, but nevertheless odd, behavior.

  28. 28
    CT Says:

    I just started working as a limo driver in Vegas. A 20% tip is fine. Some clients are great and tip more – some are from other countries or areas that just do not tip as well as others. It is very true. With them 10% is a huge deal. I have no way of taking credit cards or printing reciepts. We run into all kinds of people during our shift. We never know if the person will be mad, sad, or glad. Your guy was probably just tired. At the end of the night all I have are $20’s and a dirty car to clean. Then I walk to my car and hope not to get mugged. I take my own money (change) to work that I get on the way in each day. Sometimes people jump out and don’t pay. I get paid $0 per hour. My take (without tip) is about $10 commission of the $40 to $60 fare. The airport takes $5 for every pickup we take. And the company had to raise the fuel surcharge to $4 because gas is so freaking high – drivers get none of that. I have to wait 1 to 3 hours to get one fare. So far I have averaged about $80 total for a 9 hr shift and that is including tips. Do you see all the cab and limo drivers lined up at the hotels and airports? How long do you think they have to sit in line until they get to you? There are rules we have to follow – we cannot go out and get business – we have to wait for you to start the conversation. Whatever tip you give your driver is about 1/2 of what they make every 50 minutes. Please don’t put your own bags into my car – I have to pay for the scratches made on the rear bumper when it is dragged in – plus the exercise is welcome after I have sat in my car for an hour or two waiting to reach you. My only chance of making a decent living is if someone goes to a strip bar and I get $20 extra if they are not busy that night. Or I get some happy drunks that tip me $50. I am looking for a new job.

  29. 29
    chad Says:

    this one is for alex. who thinks tipping is not neccessary, news flash, the standard minimum wage for servers in the United States is 2.13 an hour, this hardly accounts for taxes let alone income. servers make they’re living off what is left on the table, and nothing more. many times they share those tips with the hosts/bartender/kitchen. in Europe all tips are included in the price of the meal. i think that should be the case here. when someone gives you good service, tip them (20% for adequate service). 15% is below standard. get with the times

  30. 30
    nickel Says:

    Chad: I’m curious as to why you think “15% is below standard”? It sounds like you think we should be tipping more. Why? Just guessing here, but perhaps you’re thinking of inflation… But wouldn’t inflation be accounted for by the fact that restaurant bills are higher, so the tips at a given percentage point are likewise higher? Or do you mean something else?

  31. 31
    chad Says:

    nickel,

    i’m sorry to go on a rant, but alex’s comment really offended me as a previous server. according to the new york times the current us average tip rate based on a survey is 18%. when i was serving tables I never complained about anything 18% & above. 15% seems low by comparison. 10% is never welcomed by any server. i think it could be due to inflation, cost of living and so on. again servers make 2.13 an hour (even with inflation the federal minimum wage for servers hasn’t changed since the 80’s) in most states. i know of some servers who can’t even pay they’re federal taxes at that rate and end up owing at the end of the year. when you consider servers tip an andditional 2-5% of the bill to other employees the servers aren’t walking away with as much money as you might think. i know the price of dining out has spiked due to inflation but not as much as cost of living in my opinion.

    Alex made it sound like servers don’t do a whole lot but they were very hard for their money. 1 tip on a table can make or break an entire shift of work. i don’t think most people understand what a tough industry service is

  32. 32
    H_Roarke Says:

    Chad,

    Tipping is not a requirement or it wouldn’t be a tip, it would just be part of the original price. It is ENTIRELY up to the patron. If you’re offended, I don’t really care. I have had jobs that suck to and I never got extra money…nor was I payed well. If the servor is unhappy with 15% then do something other than pick up a plate and set it on my table.

  33. 33
    John Says:

    I tip the standard 15%.

    Some people say that is too little because of inflation, but they are forgetting that the tip is a percentage of the overall cost. Therefore, if the cost rises the tip also rises even though it’s still 15%.

    I believe tipping 20% is too much and, overall, tipping has gotten out-of-hand. Raising your tip from 15% to 20% is a 33.3% increase!

    In addition, I don’t tip if the person serving me does a poor job (this has only happened once).

    Also, when the service you are paying for adds a “service charge”, that is the tip; there’s no need for you to tip if you are charged a “service charge”

  34. 34
    Michelle Says:

    Tipping is an individual thing. As a cabbie, I find that most of my tips exceed 20%. Some people, however, don’t tip at all. Those people don’t get my card with my cell number, either. Others go with the standard 10-15%. That’s entirely up to the individual.

    But try to bear a few things in mind. I pay $485.00 a week – in advance – just for the privilege of driving my cab. I pay for my own gas, my own maintainance and repairs, including a set of tires about every 7-9 months, and in the event of an at-fault accident I have a $1,500.00 deductible.

    Fortunately, I have other income, or frankly I wouldn’t do it. There’s no way I could support my family solely by driving a cab. I don’t know how people do -I’d have to work 70 hours a week, and pray that business (and my luck) was good. I do it to keep a car available, and meet the gap between survivor benefits my kids receive and what they need. And it gives me the flexibility to be home when my kids need me, since I make my own hours.

    I keep my cab clean, I know the city well, and I’m a very competent driver. I’m also pleasant – if you are. People pay me well for that. And people who are obnoxious and think I owe them something walk. Bear in mind I deal with a night time crowd, so I have leeway there. I can also have them arrested on a PI for being a pain-in-the-butt. But I have never had to do that – instead, I’ve driven back to return property they left in the cab, I’ve walked them up stairs when I was afraid they were too sloshed not to fall – I’ve even gone to great lengths to find out where they live when THEY couldn’t tell me.

    We earn our tips. If your cabbie sucks, by all means feel free to skip the tip. But seriously, if they were that bad you owe it to everyone else to call the company with their cab number and complain. And bear in mind, most of you couldn’t do this job. We provide a valuable service – from airport service to rescuing people when their car stalls on the highway to getting you home when you party too hard. We get you to work when your car breaks down, and we let you – a complete stranger – into our vehicles. Some of you don’t even pay the fare. I get ripped off about 6 times a year. But I still don’t ask for payment upfront on most trips(even though dispatch encourages us to) because I think it’s rude and I believe that most people are honest. And most of you are :)

    But I’d like to make one other suggestion – if you no longer need a cab after you place the call, please cancel your request. Another expense we deal with is when we waste our time (which is money) and our gas driving to pick up someone who isn’t there or no longer wants a cab. Like the time call for the airport I wasted 45 minutes and 15 miles of driving on. Thanks :)

  35. 35
    Carly Says:

    I’m currently working at a waitress, so tips are my livelihood. I make $4.25 per hour (before taxes, of course), and I generally make $30-$90 in a 5 hour shift, depending on the day of the week. There is one woman that I work with who is a single mom, has 4 children under the age of 13, and she brings in the only income to her household. Waitressing sucks, but I can only imagine that being a cab driver sucks worse. That extra dollar or two that you leave for your waitress or your cabbie will mean SO much to them, but you will have forgotten about it as soon as you leave. I take cabs home from the bars about once a week, with a tab of $5-$8. I always tip at least $3, which has gotten me many cab drivers’ personal cell phone numbers so that I have reliable service with polite, clean cab drivers. Take it from me, service people remember good tippers and will go the extra mile for them next time.

  36. 36
    Paul Says:

    Just talk to the cabbie once in a while and you’ll get a feel for the competitiveness of the business and the regulation they have to deal with. IMO from talking to them, if it’s a solid fare like $40-$50 to the airport, it isn’t necessary to tip them big because they actually made some money on the fare. I give that guy around $5-$6. But if the guy is standing in line at the airport and gets your fare and drives you two miles for an $8 fare, then that guy is screwed for the next 3 hours. I would tip that guy $5 which as a % is 62%.

    Bottom line though is if you tip a guy well and get his number and get him to remember you, you can call him on a Saturday night when it’s impossible to get a cab and he’ll be there for you. Or if you don’t have a car and need a cab to go get groceries twice a month, if you tip well you can get a regular guy that will take the fare. Lots of cabbies won’t take those $5-6 fares to the grocery store.

  37. 37
    Mary Says:

    Cab Drivers are the VERY PEOPLE we should tip over everything, and that includes poor service in Restaurants, rude people who supply poor service via delivery, and ON AND ON it goes.

    I have been known to give a Cab Driver a $5.00 tip for a short distance, because first of all: he helped me with bags, groceries, into my Residence, sometimes having to shut off the meter, so which brings me to this tip. It was well deserved, because during that time the driver helped me out, another call could have come into him, and he could have been down the street, and off somewhere for a good trip, etc. etc. So, I strongly believe Cab Drivers deserve tips, starting anywhere from $3.00 and up. Festive Season: they should receive a $5.00 and up tip if possible, as they may remember you as a previous customer. They work long hours and have families too, so if we are satisfied, and are treated well, yes, we should give them a tip. It is not asking too much in today’s fast life-style, it is just being decent, and moral. Most of these Cab Drivers will go out of their way for the customer, and are very helpful.

  38. 38
    Mary Says:

    I find this subject so interesting. My friends out there: if you want to see good Cabbies, and probably one of the best in the world, go to Nfld.Labrador. They wear uniforms in some parts where I visited last year. Somebody from Ontario, or West of here would most likely take them for a Security Guard, whatever. Hats on, white long sleeve shirt, nice pants. Open the door for you, talk nice. Reach your destination, again, come around, open the door, you pay the cabbie, and he tells you – “thank you, my darlin, and if you need anything- call me”. You pay, you smile, and all is well. Now, I ask: if that Cab Driver doesn’t deserve a tip, then we don’t deserve to have them around. They are great people, and I find this throughout Canada, and other countries as well.

  39. 39
    Bruce Says:

    Well I took a trip that consisted of no more then 10 miles and was charged $22 now that’s less than a dollar in gas. The cabbie was a foreigner that didn’t have good English skills and we had to give details on where to go and how to get home and we were going to the Palisades Mall. I mean come on your a cab driver and you don’t know how to get to the mall. I mean if i send my computer in for repair do you think there going to call me and ask for instructions on to fix it. This isn’t the first time i have called many different cab services in the rockland county area and same thing, if your that stupid you don’t get a tip from me. Maybe their cabs should be required to have gps.

  40. 40
    Valerie Says:

    I had a similar thing happen, which is why I looked this up. 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. There was no mistaking it with anything else – no “he was tired, couldn’t write a receipt”… etc. I couldn’t tell whether he was mad or if it was just a ploy to get more money, but it really stuck in my mind. I have had some other bad cab experiences, but most are nice and seem pleased with a $2-4 tip for shorter rides. I always tip $1/bag for airport car rental shuttles, because they do really lift my bags, and I rarely see them get tipped. I think these are really the folks that aren’t getting what they deserve!

  41. 41
    ChrisF Says:

    Just don’t tip the guy, at least he still has a job, unlike me

  42. 42
    julian Says:

    At least 20%.
    a guy gave no tip to the cab driver, not knowing that he left a set of house,car and safety box keys plus cell fone in the back seat. when the passenger called his on cell, the cab driver answered it and told him the address of the trash can where he was to drop the set of keys and the cell fone!(way out in jersey)

  43. 43
    Kk Says:

    In Manhattan, the rule of thumb is for every $10, give a tip of $1. And then add another $ for each consideration- handling your luggage (which they don’t usually do anyway), rush hour, asking to make 2 stops, etc. One time, I asked my cabbie for about $18 in change (for a $2 tip) and he asked if I had singles instead. I said I only had $1 and he took it. So sometimes they even prefer forgoing their tip as long as they have change, and a 20% tip is is more than enough.

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    Gary Rice Says:

    As a former cab driver in Columbia SC I want to first off make sure everyone here knows the Cabbie isn’t an employee of the cab company. Matter of fact the Cab driver pays the cab company all the money they get. Without the money I pay for daily rental of the vehicle where would any cab company get money to live on? Someone mentioned tipping as comparing a tip to a waitress and one mentioned a tip for a 5.00 trip. Well first off a waitress serves many more people than a cab driver – for instance a table of 4 generates say 35.00 for the bill add this 20% to say an often given generous tip from one of the 4 of say 4 dollars you see right off a single table [ as compared to a single cab ride -consider the cab driver had to drive to where you are picked up so the driver has an investment before he sees you] the money received by the waitress is all profit too. The cab driver has to pay his own fuel and rent -the waitress gets an additional 2 dollars an hour too. Also cabbies have to pay about 28% and their own Social Security taxes.
    You do not have a clue what it takes to make a living in a cab – - people called me for a cab 40 miles away then left ‘with a friend’ just as I turned into the hotel. You call for cabs then just get in the first one that happens by screwing the guy coming to get you at near breakneck speeds. Here in Columbia – when I pick you up at the air port – I have waited up to 6 hours ‘on the hill’ where cabs sit hoping someone gets off the plane with a 40 dollar fare, then I do not charge the standard additional 2.00 ‘TRUNK FEE” as allowed by law. I don’t turn the meter on until AFTER I have your destination plugged into the GPS or firmly in my mind and I get a 20.00 fare and a stinking 2 dollar tip and drop your fat ass off at Ruth’s Chris – oh hell yeah I quit the cab business and you complain that cabbies are this and that – - I challenge you to make money driving a cab.
    Oh let’s not forget some people want you back in 4 hours to go somewhere else. This of course many times causes the driver to either break the law because the law says – must stop driving after 12 hours.
    Trust me – you never see a guy or gal saying they made their bundle driving a cab.
    Believe me – you calling for a cab – then taking the next one without caring to see if it is the guy you called or just not showing up cost many drivers tons of money and caused me to let you screw with them — not me.

    People who take cabs from Airports and tired and many times angry because the Airlines screwed them up and many of you take it out on the cab driver and for that you have mommies.

    Best of it
    Gary Rice
    riceski@gmail.com

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    Gary Rice Says:

    BRUCE _

    10 miles @ the standard 2 dollars a mile – if Gas was the only expense then you might have a complaint but Cabbies RENT the cab daily and commercial Insurance is in the thousands – adverts – phone – office use – etc – gas – these are all part of the expense of running a cab and isn’t cheap – the fare is REGULATED and no cabbie ever messes with the meter because they are SEALED by the POLICE department.
    22 dollars for 10 miles and he had to GET to where you WERE and that cost money -
    let’s not for get here that driving a cab is the most DANGEROUS job in the world – even worse than being a cop – and you bitch — next time WALK or call a RELATIVE.

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    Gary Rice Says:

    Just a note here –

    Cabbies many times – even most times take calls in the blind – you call ‘dispatch’ – - they tell me – ok – 5th and main – a lady in the lobby of the fleas are free hotel – I drive 18 miles to get her – - then – she goes 5.00 – - i am screwed right there – the only possible salvation is a tip – then no tip – i just stopped going blind like that – I must MUST talk to the client and be satisfied I will make a PROFIT or I refuse and this is why sometimes you wait 2 hours on a cab – because we KNOW going in – -it is a total loser and 5 of these a day – and we make ZERO money.
    The more you’re educated as to the cab drivers expenses the more you will realize transportation isn’t cheap – and if it was you would have a rental car and not need a cab – funny thing to me is people rely on cabs a lot do the least complaining – -it is very expensive to keep a cab – hot -cold – clean – in good repair -and on time with a safe – sober clean – good smelling well dressed driver and when I was that you almost never tipped me extra. I was sharp – embroidered on my shirt with tie was PROFESSIONAL DRIVER – to give you a little something for confidence and class – most people didn’t tip me a bit more than the smelling unshaven driver -so I QUIT the biz – so now all you get are stinking foreigners. ALSO believe me people who call for a cab then no show by walking or hopping into any cab that happens through screw everyone. If you call and then no show it is comparable to going into a restaurant -ordering a meal then while they cook it for you – you just quietly walk out – - so they are stuck with the expense of labor – food and no money for it – and YOU do this to CABBIES EVERY DAY –It is you screwing up the cabbie before he ever gets there that doesn’t help prices.

    Just think about this too – the cabbie has to pay daily rent and gas — even if the fare’s are less then he makes – –it is a dog eat dog business with the customer many times eating the dog too – because of walk offs – or no shows.

    Best of it to you but know the truth about how cabbies make their money too.

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    stanman Says:

    Just a visitor from Canada to vegas , I dont mind tipping cab drivers ,unless they ramble on talking to themselves and shaking there fist at cars that arent there. We had a crazy habibe sort of guy from some foreign land, who scared the crap out of us, he reminded me of some crackhead, should not have been driving. His tip from me was stay off drugs crackhead.

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    francesca Says:

    I’m sorry, but you really shouldn’t have to tip on anything so already stupidly expensive as a taxi. I get tipping at restaurants, even though that gets out of hand, but why do we tip cabs?

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    francesca Says:

    Uh people don’t seem to understand how precentages work on here. Doesn’t a percentage naturally keep up with inflation? Basic math, anyone? (This puts those working in tipping professions at quite a privilige.) So why on earth has standard tipping risen from 5-20% in my short lifetime? A fifth of the price, esp. when things are alread so expensive?!!

    The more you give to service people, apparently, the more they seem to expect rather than feel greatful for. This really makes me want to be cheap-I hate entitlement.

    As for the server who found 10% unwelcome, fine then, I won’t give it to you, since it’s “Unwelcome.”

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    Christy Says:

    With cab drivers I agree with everyone 15% ish.

    But this is a message for everyone who doesn’t think they should tip, “why tip for what I can do myself, why should I tip ppl for doing their job…blah blah blah”

    Most people who you are expected to tip MAKE NO HOURLY MONEY. I am a waitress and a college student and my paycheck at the end of the week MIGHT have 3 dollars on it, I rely ONLY on tips. It’s state law here that we get 2 dollars an hour, and that goes straight to taxes. Tip your servers at least their 15%!!! All we have is about 3 tables and when you don’t tip, we pretty much just worked an hour for FREE. And most of us are trying to work our way through college or other pursuits. We DO deserve tips until the laws are changed to getting hourly or salary!

    And I know most other tipped positions, are the same with little to no hourly money at ALL. Don’t be cheap, you work hard at your job and we do too, we expect, need, and rely on our 15%.

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