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1. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

If the taxi driver is rude and drives dangerously, is it OK not to tip them (in the US)?

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

If you get rotten service..do NOT tip! I know a lot of people in the U.S. depend on their tips as income, but that means good service!

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

If you get rotten service..do NOT tip! I know a lot of people in the U.S. depend on their tips as income, but that means good service!

I TOTALLY agree! If a person is rude or provides bad service, do NOT tip! Don't even think about tipping a rude taxi driver.

4. Posted by Tsjebber (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

That's exactely the issue in Holland at the moment. People used to tip 10%, but now they don't tip because they think their drinks are too expensive. You don't tip at all if the service sucks. But if they do their best for you you should tip. At least that's how I look against the matter. It isn't for nothing they call it the service industry :)

5. Posted by JIN (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi,
Here in Fort Lauderdale tipping is not the main question.
The cab companies get new drivers from the islands, people who do not know the routes, addresses and zip codes.
Travellers get involuntary sight-seeing trips, and often have to pay far too much because of drivers getting lost.
We run a backpackers hostel, and our guests can hardly afford such unnecessary overcharging.
Make sure your driver knows where you are going, and make sure he is not the aggressive, dishonest type.

Good travels,
Hannes De Beer, Floyds Hostel

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting JIN

Hi,
Here in Fort Lauderdale tipping is not the main question.
The cab companies get new drivers from the islands, people who do not know the routes, addresses and zip codes.
Travellers get involuntary sight-seeing trips, and often have to pay far too much because of drivers getting lost.
We run a backpackers hostel, and our guests can hardly afford such unnecessary overcharging.
Make sure your driver knows where you are going, and make sure he is not the aggressive, dishonest type.

Good travels,
Hannes De Beer, Floyds Hostel

I don't like to generalize and don't like to be negative. But thoughout the World, I've found Taxi Drivers to be among the worst people to deal with. There are so many of them that will try and cheat you if given the chance. And I'm talking about Taxi Drivers ALL OVER THE WORLD. I will never even get in a taxi, that doesn't have a meter, unless i've AGREED on the price in ADVANCE.

The other thing I always do, is if they use meters, I ask someone ahead of time how much the trip should cost. So if they take the long route, I'll know.

7. Posted by lisay (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

I have to agree that you have to watch out when it comes to taxi drivers. In Bangkok, i agreed on a price before getting the car. We got half way to where i was going and hit a little traffic. We literally only sat for a one or two minutes and then traffic moved again. The driver started raising the price on me almost double what we agreed on. It was so frustrating he haggled with me for 15 min. In the end I gave him exactly what we agreed on. Normally I would have tipped but no way after all of that frustration.

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting lisay

I have to agree that you have to watch out when it comes to taxi drivers. In Bangkok, i agreed on a price before getting the car. We got half way to where i was going and hit a little traffic. We literally only sat for a one or two minutes and then traffic moved again. The driver started raising the price on me almost double what we agreed on. It was so frustrating he haggled with me for 15 min. In the end I gave him exactly what we agreed on. Normally I would have tipped but no way after all of that frustration.

Speaking of "Bangkok and Taxi Drivers", I had posted this a while ago under some other thread. They're the worst in Bangkok:

"When I was in Bangkok I got in an actual fight with a taxi driver who was trying to cheat me. We went in the lobby of the hotel I was staying to try and resolve it but we were getting nowhere. He would not give me my change (the amount over the meter reading) so eventually I lost my temper, and pushed him. He went about flying into the corner, knocked over all the plants, etc.. Then he got up, ripped a telephone out of the wall and hit me in the face with it (that hurt). The good news is he dropped the money when I pushed him so he ending up getting paid ZERO! But he also went outside and came back in the hotel with a large pole, at first I thought he had gotten a sword (guess I've watched too many Kun Fu movies). I picked up a chair, but fortunately some people got in between us.

It could have been worse so looking back I should have just walked away, but I HATE being cheated by taxi drivers. Many places around the World I've encountered dishonest taxi drivers. In fact, often I'll walk a long distance rather than even dealing with them.

Also: If they won't use the meter, I NEVER will begin a ride without agreeing on the price first."

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Also: If they won't use the meter, I NEVER will begin a ride without agreeing on the price first.

That's good advice.

Even when a taxi driver uses the meter, I still ask them for an approximate quote. This works especially well if you ask the people at the desk in your hotel how much the taxi will cost.

Greg

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Even when a taxi driver uses the meter, I still ask them for an approximate quote. This works especially well if you ask the people at the desk in your hotel how much the taxi will cost.
Greg

Exactly, that's what I do also. That way you have some idea of what it should cost. Very Good advice for anyone using a Taxi when traveling!