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Tipping to taxi driver in London

I just came back from London for vacation. And on the last day in London, I took a short ride by taxi to train station. In fact, this is the first time I took taxi in London. I don't know that it is a 'customs' to tip the driver (but I do tip in restaurants). 'cos in countries like Singapore and Hong Kong, it is not necessary to tip the drivers (sometimes just round up the figures).

After we reached the station, I paid without tips. And this taxi driver said "WELL DONE" loudly and sarcastically, and asked repeatedly "Do you know what cheapie is??" I was really shocked about this!! But I just pretended that I don't understand and get off the taxi, 'cos I don't want to argue with such a jerk (and maybe this jerk is a psycho). Actually we (two ladies) loaded/unloaded the luggages ourselves, and he expected to have tips??! He is really a dirt in UK tourism!! Tipping is not a must, but if the person provides good service, it is fine to give some tips. We felt unhappy that day because of this cheapie jerk...

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1. Re: Tipping to taxi driver in London

Of course you were right not to tip someone as rude as this. I took a taxi last week and gave a 10p tip. I though £5.50 for just over one mile at 23:30 is more than enough.

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i rarely tip taxi drivers, because i think their rates are extortionate as it is!! but i will normally round-up to the nearest £1 rather than be given loads of loose change. Last night coming back from a club in Brighton, my cab fare home was £18.75, but i gave the driver £20 and said keep the change, but he was a nice friendly old bloke 73 years old.

Clearly your taxi driver didn’t deserve a “tip”!

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Ladies, I am very sorry to hear of your bad experience with the taxi driver whilst you we visiting London. I do not live in London, I live in Manchester but nevertheless i think this man was extremely rude and arrrogant and a poor ambassador for our country. If it was a Black cab (typical london taxi) then if they are similar to Manchester Black cabs, they do cost more and some of the drivers have a bad attitude (not all of course) The better option would have been to ring a private hire taxi which is just like an ordinary car. these operate as private businesses and the prices are more competitive.

It is unfortunate that this fool could not be more courteous toward visitors to our country. Visitors need to feel welcome and should be helped and we cannot expect them to understand custom and practice in the country they are visiting.

Mostly, taxi drivers do not/should not expect a big tip and rounding up or perhaps adding up to an extra pound stirling is acceptable.

I do hope your holiday was not spoiled too much by this fool.

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Perhaps you should have read up on the social custom before travelling then wouldn't have run into this problem.

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This taxi driver obviosly didn't deserve a tip. Sounds like he expected one whether he gave good service or not. Wherever I go if I think someone deserves it they might get one, if they don't deserve they got no chance.

What he's done is probably put you & maybe others off getting in a London taxi, even though most are really good.

After all, there's all sorts of people with some connection to the tourist industry who would never take a tip, a smile & a thankyou is payment enough.

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"I paid without tip's"............that explains it then..... Doing the "I don't understand" thing doesn't always wash either yet you've managed to to use big words on here like, sarcastically/repeatedly/psycho....next time at least tip 50p between the two of you.

funny how the word Jerk is mentioned so often yet allowed......doesn't that mean w@nker here..... Come on......I've been in taxi's in other major cities, plenty unfriendly and I still tip because it's expected but I'm not going to go out of my way to post on forums about it and run them down.

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8. Re: Tipping to taxi driver in London

The only tip he deserves is to be tipped out of his cab.

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9. Re: Tipping to taxi driver in London

I agree with Lara. Seems Aikawa is just trying to rile things up a bit.

The driver asked repeatedly "Do you know what cheapie is??" Somehow I doubt it. That's an expression Aikawa uses, not one I'd attribute to London cabbies.

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???? - EXPECTED. I am sorry nothing, absolutely nothing should ever be expected. a tip as far as I was always taught was for 'good service and professional conduct' That driver was already getting a salary - and as already acknowledged fares are high - now I dont know enough to know who or what is getting the cut of that but if it is a short journey tipping over the odds should never be expected. And abuse is totally unacceptable whether the OP was wrong or right and no matter how you put it was not justified.