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Attention Cabdrivers: You Don’t Want To Pick Me Up!

As most of you know, I travel a fair amount of time. When you travel, there are lots of people who help you–from the porter at the airport, getting a shoe shine, taxi driver, car rental, checking into the hotel or the server at a restaurant.

When people help you in a service business, they expect and should receive a few things: a "thank you" and a tip. This is where it gets a little fuzzy for me. Not sure I am consistent, not sure there is ANY logic in my tipping. Not sure I even know what I am doing in some situations.

  • A server in a restaurant is easy: I start at 20% and go up/down depending on service
  • Porter at the airport: $1 a bag and then usually round up.
  • Shoeshine: I always tip $3.00 and possibly $5.00
  • Doorman who hails me a cab: $2.00

And then there is the cabdriver!!!! Not sure you want me in your cab!! I have no idea what I am doing. First of all I must admit I hate cabs. Just haven’t had alot of good experiences. The fare could be $10.00, $20.00 or $30.00 and unfortunately I may only tip a dollar or two! I am sure the cabbie is saying to himself, "What a cheap SOB!"

So there is my dilemma. I will without hesitation leave a bad server at a restaurant a 15% tip or get my shoes shined and leave 100% tip and seem to never, never reward the cabbie.

  • How much do you usually tip a cabdriver?
  • Do you vary it depending on the service?
  • Do you give more around the holiday season?

I think my distaste for cabs in general is clouding my judgment.

Please help me!

I look forward to your comments.

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