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Old 06-07-2017, 02:59 PM
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I am a big fan of Uber. I think they provide a great public service. I've heard that Uber drivers receive about 70% of the total fare. I've also read that they aren't paid very much. Do you tip Uber drivers? If so, how much do you tip them? Have you ever checked to see how the Uber drivers that you've dealt with have rated you? Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:22 PM
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I won't use Uber because of the way the company treats women, but I have used Lyft and tip the driver about $2 on a $5-$7 ride, which is the most a ride I have needed has ever cost.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:36 PM
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I won't use Uber because of the way the company treats women, but I have used Lyft and tip the driver about $2 on a $5-$7 ride, which is the most a ride I have needed has ever cost.
I would sincerely be interested in learning how Uber treats women poorly. I am in oh-so-progressive Manhattan 5 days a week. I probably spend about $300 a month on Manhattan-based Uber fares. I am proud to work with some rather devout, well-educated & outspoken feminists. I have never heard any of these women mention Uber, much less complain about them. What am I missing?

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Old 06-07-2017, 04:22 PM
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It's been awhile since I've used Uber but I generally tip (for anything) the recommended amount. The only people I tip more are hairstylists if I feel they did an extra good job on the cut. If I don't like the service I don't tip at all.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:26 PM
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https://www.recode.net/2017/5/25/156...male-employees

https://mic.com/articles/104524/if-y...unt#.7fhJkyK3D

https://www.inc.com/salvador-rodrigu...-timeline.html

The examples are endless. There have also been a number of times that Uber engaged in surge pricing during emergency events, most recently the London bridge attack. To be fair, they have recently attempted to rehabilitate their image by making some key changes, but it is too soon to tell if it will be effective. I am happy with Lyft. They let you tip the driver right in the app.
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I drive for Uber when I'm in Minneapolis (it's not running in my hometown yet) and I'm not convinced Uber even knows my gender. They've certainly never done or said anything that would suggest so.

That being said... I always make sure I have a couple bucks in my pocket to tip when I ride. Maybe a fiver if they go out of the ordinary for me.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:19 PM
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They probably do not know your gender, but the series of complaints are not from female drivers. They are mainly from female corporate staff who describe a pervasive culture of sexual harassment and retaliation for complaints as well as using bargain basement background checks that allowed men convicted of rape to drive, and then brushing off complaints of sexual assault from female passengers. Nothing personal and I hope you do well at your job, however I choose not to use Uber for these reasons.
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I only took an Uber once and I didn't even think to tip the driver. We went down the street it was a very cheap fare but not I feel bad!
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I thought you could tip in the Uber app. Hmmm...now I feel bad. I thought it automatically charged a tip because one of the benefits was not having to carry cash.
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I love being able to tip right from the app!!! That's what I hated about Uber.....I rarely hav cash on hand
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I think part of the "thing" about Uber is that no tip was supposed to be required or even expected. Americans are hell-bent on tipping though, so now drivers expect it.
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I am absolutely happy with Uber, I tip if I like the driver.
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$0 is a great tip for an Uber driver.
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$0 is a great tip for an Uber driver.
That's pretty harsh. I have had some wonderful drivers. I have a car so the only things I have needed them for are unpleasant tasks like a ride home from the repair shop or an eye doctor's appointment that I didn't want to drive home from. Having someone be really friendly and personable makes a big difference. They work hard for very low pay, I am happy to give a few dollars to thank them for their service.
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Having someone be really friendly and personable makes a big difference. They work hard for very low pay, I am happy to give a few dollars to thank them for their service.
They get paid for it. Its not like they're Ubering you around for free. The $X.00 you pay for the Uber is payment/gratuity enough.
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:25 PM
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They are independent contractors. They are not subject to minimum wage laws or other benefits of being employed by a company. To take me on the 5 minute ride that I need, they may have had to drive 10 minutes to get to me and another 10 minutes to get to their next ride. Their percentage of the $6 ride cost is hardly just compensation for that. I realize that it is their choice, but making that choice benefits me.

In the alternative, the drivers that accept my ride could instead go hang out downtown, where they are likely to get more frequent and longer rides for more pay, leaving me to call a cab and wait longer/pay more.

If you don't want to tip, don't. But I don't understand the opposition to others showing appreciation to someone who provided a valuable service.
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I'm not a fan of Uber not to mention my husband doesn't allow me to use them because of all the things he's heard about them. And being out here alone and him not being able to protect me he wouldn't be happy about it. So I don't use them.
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If you don't want to tip, don't. But I don't understand the opposition to others showing appreciation to someone who provided a valuable service.
Who is opposed to others tipping? Certainly not me. I'm just providing my opinion on how much I tip Uber drivers.
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Wow I can't believe how cheap a lot of the posters sound. Where I'm from we were grateful for a good service. TO INSURE PROMPT SERVICE!!! Having been in a service industry I probably over tip. 20-25% of cost.
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I used to wait tables for a living. Believe me, when I tip, I tip above and beyond the norm. I'm definitely grateful for good service, which (in the form of a Lyft driver) is what I'm paying for.

Went on vacation this past week. Took 13 Lyfts on my trip. The one guy who was really funny and nice, I tipped him $1.00.
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:26 AM
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I used to wait tables for a living. Believe me, when I tip, I tip above and beyond the norm. I'm definitely grateful for good service, which (in the form of a Lyft driver) is what I'm paying for.

Went on vacation this past week. Took 13 Lyfts on my trip. The one guy who was really funny and nice, I tipped him $1.00.
How is $1.00 above and beyond the norm? I can't tell if you are being serious or just posting for fun.
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Meaning that "the norm" is $1.00.

Yes, very serious. I don't tip delivery drivers, either. Servers? They get paid less than minimum wage. Their wage depends on being tipped. The delivery guy gets paid (at least 8 or 9 bucks an hour) for driving, the tips are just icing on the cake.
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Meaning that "the norm" is $1.00.

Yes, very serious. I don't tip delivery drivers, either. Servers? They get paid less than minimum wage. Their wage depends on being tipped. The delivery guy gets paid (at least 8 or 9 bucks an hour) for driving, the tips are just icing on the cake.
Well let me be the one who say's it being cheap is just being cheap!!! LOL you'd be in very sorry shape if you tipped me a whole dollar and ever needed my service again!!! Like hell would freeze over before I ever waited on a horribly cheap customer as your proclaiming to be. JMHO
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I have a 4.8 star rating on Lyft....so I'm doing something right.
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I come from a country where we dont ever tip unless we get exceptional service. That is the accepted way here no one expects a tip. We are happy to reward that but there is no tipping culture like in the USA.

Its an interesting discussion but keep it civil ladies and gents no arguments please.
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