Currently, the great states of Oregon and New Jersey are the only ones that require full-service refueling. This means a gas station owner or an employee is charged with the great responsibility of handling all your gas-guzzling and refueling services.
But if you’ve ever refilled in these states, or used a non-compulsory full-service station near you, you’ve probably thought to yourself, ‘should I tip this guy?’
Sure they smell like they’re drenched in gasoline, can get a little crazy, and sometimes lean in your driver’s side window, but being an NJ resident, this question has plagued me since I first started driving. To be honest, I don’t usually tip. I think I only did it once when the guy told me he liked the CD I was listening to. I think it was the Spice Girls. In retrospect, I probably wasn’t a very good judge of sarcasm back then.
Nonetheless, I’ve gotten quite a bit of negative feedback from passengers who insist tipping a buck or two is the standard procedure at gas stations. Could this be true?
I did a little research and found this list of tipping rates by profession. Here’s a relevant excerpt:
Car service/limo drivers – 15 to 20 percent
Door-to-door free shuttle – none
Door-to-door paid shuttle – 15 percent plus $1.00 to $2.00 per bag
Gas station attendant – $1.00 to $2.00 if you feel service was exceptional
Mechanic – $10.00 to $20.00 if service was exceptional and for jobs over $500
Taxi drivers – 10 to 15 percent, 20 percent if driver helps with bags
Valet – $1.00 to $2.00 per car during pick up
20 bucks for mechanics working on jobs of $500 or more? 2 bucks for a gas station guy? Nothing for a free-shuttle service even if he helps with bags? But what about your barber, a bellhop, ‘masseuse’, or even a debonair pimp?
Let us know in the comments section some of your standard tipping practices.
GetRichSlowly: Basic Tips On Tipping, October 12, 2006