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This is why putting up a tipping sign will backfire

Discussion in 'Tips' started by Jason Arroyo, May 16, 2016.

  1. Jason Arroyo

    Jason Arroyo Active Member

    Location:
    New York
    Driving:
    UberX
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    Some recent posts on a popular travel forum. This is exactly why I have said drivers putting up tip signs are just asking for 1-star ratings, or for passengers to contact Uber to report you.

    Post #1:
    Today, I got into an UberX in the Los Angeles area and the driver had sign on the back of the front passenger seat of his car soliciting tips. I regret not taking a picture of the sign because in my 200+ rides this is the first time I have ever experienced just aggressive tip solicitation. The driver had a 4.7 rating.

    He spent most of ride telling me about how awful Uber is to drivers and how they have cut fares by 43% in the area and how he relies on tips just to get by. It was the most awkward Uber ride I have ever had. I did not give the guy a tip.

    Post #2 (in reply to #1):
    I would absolutely 1-star that ride.

    Post #3:
    Quick chime in about a recent ride. The driver couldn't stop talking about how good he's had it and how generous people have been etc. basically trying to extract a tip via guilt. Gave him a four star review but should have given one star. However , after contacting uber to recap the uncomfortable experience uber refunded the entire fare.
     
  2. Beur

    Beur Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Sandbox
    As a passenger if I saw a tip sign, I'd down star a driver. I always give 5 stars as long as they get me from point a to point b safely and I always tip.
     
  3. Choochie

    Choochie Well-Known Member

    Location:
    MA
    It's pretty tacky to solicit tips IMO. If tipping etiquette isn't your strong suit, no sign is going to change that and it certainly won't make people feel like giving out 5 stars. I usually tip at 20-35% or more depending on the service. For a small amount it could be 100% or more. Like a $5.00 cab ride I would generally give at least $5.00+ in a tip.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2016
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  4. Santa

    Santa Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Toronto
    First I think they are planted Uber shills on those travel forums and many more.

    Second To hell with all these cheap entitled basterds. Nobody should rely on Uber as a full time job and therefore solocit as much as they can.

    If the rider gets the fee refunded, the driver should ask for the fee back. Uber lost the lawsuit and therefore CANNOT deactivate a driver who asks for tips. Also they CANNOT hold the payment or deduct the pay for a ride because of the lost lawsuit.

    Any driver who doesn't know this should just go crawl back into their caves.
     
  5. FAC

    FAC Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Uber created a misconception in the mind of pax that tips are included. Posting something informing they are not is not begging for tips. In this country it's customary to tip everyone from the cabbie to the bellhop even the front desk (funny how a $20 gets you upgraded to a better room) the valet gets a tip for either hailing you a cab or bringing your car to you. We tip maids in hotel rooms. We tip our hair dressers. our manicurist. Dog groomers. And even Lyft allows for tipping. So what's so wrong with informing pax that uber misconstrued the truth about tipping? Especially in a culture that is used to tipping?
     

  6. dnlbaboof

    dnlbaboof Well-Known Member

    Location:
    usa
    blame uber for this entire mess.........they insist even after the settelement that tips are included, any market where they dont offer more than 1.10 a mile is not worth driving for
     
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  7. Ben105

    Ben105 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Sacramento
    Driving:
    Lyft
    Isn't that most markets nowadays?
     
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  8. Jason Arroyo

    Jason Arroyo Active Member

    Location:
    New York
    Driving:
    UberX
    The first poster joined the forum in January 2010 and has made 507 posts.
    The second joined in July 2002 and has made 36,208 posts.
    The third joined in November 2014 and made 429 posts.

    Something tells me they aren't planted Uber shills, and are simply voicing the opinion of the average Uber rider.
     
  9. FAC

    FAC Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    So why don't you share the link to the forum.
     
  10. Jason Arroyo

    Jason Arroyo Active Member

    Location:
    New York
    Driving:
    UberX
    Umm... I did in the original post. Look up. "Some recent posts on a popular travel forum."
     
  11. Choochie

    Choochie Well-Known Member

    Location:
    MA
    If that is so then why do I get tips from pax? Do you believe they think they are tipping twice? I don't think they all know or pay attention to ubers fraud.
    Why not put up a sign with how to rate, not to slam doors, not eat in the car, no stops, etc. When they get in we should have them read a sheet with the whole shibang and get them to sign a disclosure that they were informed. I just feel everyone can do as they please but putting up a sign is not my style. If it works for you then have at it. Our culture is gone down the tube. Everyone is out for a freebie. Just look at socialists. People don't understand someone has to pay for their free goods.
     
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  12. Gabriel Quijas

    Gabriel Quijas Well-Known Member

    Location:
    san diego
    I like it when I am loading up their bags and they slip the bellboy a five. When we get to the airport I damn well know they will not tip me at all. The fault is with the Mother Ship that has said no tipping, all the riders are programmed not to tip, since they all think the tip is included, or like some will say you make 30 dollars a hour screw tipping you. I never ask for a tip, if my rider tips me 20, ten, five, or a couple bucks I am glad, but I would never troll for tips with a sign or a cup. It is a dignity thing with me.
     
  13. Choochie

    Choochie Well-Known Member

    Location:
    MA
    You said it so much better.
    I picked up this guy who was drunk today at four in the afternoon. He asked me if I was hungry and I told him no but I would stop if he wanted to pick up some food to bring to his house. He said he wouldn't bother unless I wanted to eat. I proceeded to drop him off and he said wait, he wanted to go to the bakery down the street, so I took him there and he asked again if I wanted something and again I said no. He said unless I went in with him he didn't want anything. WTF? I told him I was working, not interested in any food but he could give me the cash instead. He said no. He wasn't trying to be generous - he wanted a cheap date. No tip of course. I gave him a 1 and told uber don't ever match him with me again as he was drunk and obnoxious. This is why I don't drive nights.
     
  14. Ben105

    Ben105 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Sacramento
    Driving:
    Lyft
    LOL that was funny. Cheap date.
     
  15. DexNex

    DexNex Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Driving:
    UberSUV
    looks like FlyerTalk to me
     
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  16. FAC

    FAC Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    I don't understand your post. What is FlyerTalk?
     
  17. FAC

    FAC Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Cheap date! :p This had me cracking up!!! Sorry I got such a good laugh from your lousy experience.

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  18. DexNex

    DexNex Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Driving:
    UberSUV
  19. FAC

    FAC Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
  20. DexNex

    DexNex Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Driving:
    UberSUV
    That is the forum.

    Flyertalk.com
     
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