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I thought we didn't tip on Uber, how do we do that?

Discussion in 'Tips' started by Jim powers, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. Jim powers

    Jim powers New Member

    Location:
    San Franisco, CA
    Hello,
    I'm new and not a driver. I was under the impression that we didn't have to tip because the tip is calculated into the system. At least that was what I was told. Can the drivers give me some etiquette and guidelines on the tipping policy? Or rather, what Uber tells you about tipping and what the reality is?
     
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  2. Chicago-uber

    Chicago-uber Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago
    Driving:
    Livery
    Unless you use uberTaxi, there's no tip. Uberx drivers aren't receiving any tips. They're not required. However if you insist, we will gladly accept it :)
     
  3. puber

    puber Well-Known Member

    Location:
    LA
    Driving:
    UberPLUS
    Clean underwear is nor required either, but some people think of it as a good idea

    BTW do you feel over compensated by current Chicago rates?
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2014
  4. LAuberX

    LAuberX Moderator Moderator

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Driving:
    UberX
    Tipping waiters is not "required".

    Play on words, not funny Uber.
     
  5. Jim powers

    Jim powers New Member

    Location:
    San Franisco, CA
    I thought my tip was automatically added to my bill and given to you guys. Is this not true?
     

  6. PocketPower

    PocketPower New Member

    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    Driving:
    UberX
    Uber plays very dirty now, they make rider think tip is included in the fare, but it's not
     
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  7. TrafficSlayer

    TrafficSlayer Active Member

    The fares are the fares, we do not get any "bonus money" from Uber. When you pay your fare, Uber takes their $1 "safe rides fee" off the top, then takes an additional 20%, the rest is given to the drivers. Common examples:
    $4 min. fare-$1 safe ride fee-20%= $2.40 to your driver total. Out of this the driver must pay for gas and all other expenses. Uber takes 40%.
    $10 fare-$1 safe rides fee-20%= $7.20 to your driver. Uber takes 28%.
    There is no tip "included" in the fare. In fact, the smaller the fare is, the less of it the driver actually gets. If you take a short ride, things to consider are the following:

    What is the driver's ETA from the time of your request?
    How long did your drive take?
    Did you make your driver wait for you, or were you waiting for him?

    These are important because we live in a world where we expect to be paid for our time. If a driver only gets minimum fares, he is not even making minimum wage hen you figure out his hourly rate, especially after you deduct expenses. Even a small $2 tip will give a significant boost to your driver's hourly earnings and will be greatly appreciated.
     
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  8. LAuberX

    LAuberX Moderator Moderator

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Driving:
    UberX
    This is not true.

    No tip for uberX, ever.

    40% per mile rate cut to drivers in last 6 months.
     
  9. cybertec69

    cybertec69 Well-Known Member

    It's a lie, we don't see any tips, unless a customer decides to be generous :D.
     
  10. LookyLou

    LookyLou Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Seattle (Go Hawks!)
    Driving:
    Lyft
    It is nice to hear this from a rider on this forum. It totally backs up what most of us have been saying for months now that many riders assume that a tip is included when it isn't.
     
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  11. Tim In Cleveland

    Tim In Cleveland Well-Known Member

    I find it offensive that Uber doesn't allow the rider to use their app to give a tip if they wish. Lyft allows it.
     
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  12. chi1cabby

    chi1cabby Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago
    Driving:
    UberTAXI
    Thank you @Jim powers@Jim powers ! Welcome to this forum! And a great & relevant first post by you!
    :)
     
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  13. Droosk

    Droosk Active Member

    Location:
    Phoenix - 2010 HHR
    Driving:
    UberX
  14. chi1cabby

    chi1cabby Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago
    Driving:
    UberTAXI
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  15. driveLA

    driveLA Well-Known Member

    Just ignore what uber says and tip your driver

    and please don't ask the driver if he wants a tip just have the cash in your hand and extend it

    If the driver refuses it with the "tips aren't necessary" or "they are included in the fare" bit just know he is new and doesn't realize how much uber is gonna rape him down the road, so force him to take it like a good man/woman.
     
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  16. devin dolphin

    devin dolphin New Member

    Location:
    anchorage
    Uber claims we make enough of a tip on our fare, Not really IMO. But if the customer insists Yes we gladly accept tips. A fair amount would depend on the fare, I would say 15% for tax purposes. I average $5 per fare myself.
     
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  17. Realityshark

    Realityshark Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Area 51
    If you'd like to be a decent passenger, tip your driver. This is especially important on short trips and minimum fares. Here's how a minimum fare breaks down:
    Minimum fare = $5. Ubers fee = 20% which is $1. Then Uber takes another $1 and calls it a safe rider fee. Nowhere in the formula is a tip. Uber does not include tips for drivers even though they say it is included. The driver keeps $3 from each minimum fare. You need to ask yourself, "Is having a person drive you in their personal car after they have logged miles getting to you worth more than $3?" Keep in mind the driver has to pay for his own gas and is never reimbursed for mileage. You cannot even buy a cup of coffee at starbucks for $3. Tip your Uber driver. It will be very appreciated. Thanks for asking.
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2015
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  18. just drive

    just drive Well-Known Member

    Location:
    dallas
    Driving:
    UberX
    To use simple terms uber in their contact with us says we agree that they can deceive the riders and make them think we are getting tipped. Seriously it's in the contact.
     
  19. CityGirl

    CityGirl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Driving:
    UberX
    I thought that too when I was a new passenger. I had selected an option to tip 20% when I set up the app. I thought I was tipping my drivers. Come to find out, after I became a driver, that option only applies to UberTaxi, which I *think* is when Uber has to contract with a taxi company, I'm not even sure. It is not given to the regular UberX driver. If you double check your charges, you will see that no tip was ever added as you thought you instructed Uber.

    Thank you so much for asking this. Of course tipping is always optional, but in certain industries and in our culture, it's very common. Waiters, pizza delivery, taxis, furniture delivery, etc.
     
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  20. Lost In Cleveland

    Lost In Cleveland New Member

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Yes, the tip in the application is ONLY for Uber Taxi. It does not come into play because a taxi picks you up when you use Uber. Taxis can sign up to be Uber X cars. It is only when the city offers Uber Taxi and you select that option in the app.
     

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