Should you tip your Uber driver the same as your yellow cab driver? Does your Uber driver deserve an extra dollar or two (or more) for a job well done?
A proposal announced Monday that would require ride-share companies to offer an in-app tipping option has resurrected the perennial dilemma . An Uber spokesman said the company will review the proposal. “Uber is always striving to offer the best earning opportunity for drivers and we are constantly working to improve the driver experience,” he said.
The company started allowing drivers to encourage passengers to tip following a class-action lawsuit last year about whether it can call its drivers contractors. However, it has never had a feature that allows tipping within app, the company says, “because we felt it would be better for riders and drivers to know for sure what they would pay or earn on each trip — without the uncertainty of tipping.”
Constance Hoffman, the owner of St. Louis Missouri-based etiquette firm Social and Business Graces and author of booklet “Tips on Tipping” encourages passengers to tip their drivers, but said it should not be based on how much commission the driver pays to Uber. “It isn’t something we should […]