Whenever Calvin Landers gets in his car to drive for Uber, he puts a few dollars in his cup holder. If anyone asks, he’ll tell them it’s his coffee money, but most people understand it’s a makeshift tip jar.
Landers won’t go so far as to remind them that gratuity isn’t included in their fare or put a sign up, though most of his passengers aren’t in the habit of tipping Uber drivers. He thinks it’s tacky and unprofessional to ask, even though his riders might need a nudge in an Uber that they don’t in a taxicab.
And anyway, he figures, it’s better to keep a low profile: Thanks to a little-noticed provision in state law, it’s illegal in South Carolina for drivers who freelance for the ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft to accept cash. And since Uber doesn’t allow electronic tips, the only option […]