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Tipping the Van driver....

ASH

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How many of you out there are cheap ole' bags,? How many of you tip MORE than a dollar? How many of you will use the ten in your wallet to buy lunch, just so you have that dollar to tip?

Let's weigh in folks, thoughts on tipping the van driver....


I just flew 'em half way 'round the country...didn't get squat!:D
 

GogglesPisano

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I swear flightinfo is one big circle.
 

RocketDog

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Captain - $1 each way. Possible penalty (read "no tip") if van driver is excessively late, especially on reduced rests.

F/O and F/A - $1 each way. Possible penalty as described above. Additionally, if funds are tight, then tip can be excused at times, but not every trip.
 

crashpad

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A dollar isn't much any more and is included in per diem anyway.

With my crew everyone tips regardless, and I treat the crew to donuts, frosties, cinnabons,etc on the last day.

My favorite pieve is when a captain generously gives the driver the loose change from the same pocket he's been playing pool with the whole trip.
 

viper548

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Forget the van driver, how much are people tipping at strip clubs?
 

CandlerWun

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Considering that it has been necessary for me to work a second job during this first-year hazing period, I will keep my hard-earned money unless the driver has done something exceptionally good. That will probably change next year, however.

Josh M.
 

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Before I leave for a trip I stop somewhere and get some $1s.. Then ill tip the van driver unless they just pops the trunk and does nothing to help especially in the wintertime when its snowing or somethin.... Other than that i will tip... Per diem covers that I think I mean you only need to put like 6 hrs per diem to get enough to cover a 4 day trip depending on what your per diem is.. Even with that you still have plenty to have some good meals... I never tip more than $1 though. I dont really even pay attention if anyone else tips or not I just give him the $1 and say thanks and move on
 

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ohhh!! now i get it. all this time when i was told to tip the van driver, i would wait til he fell asleep. then i'd sneak up and push him over.

imagine my embarrasment...
 

Ty Webb

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I'll bet they were tipping $1.00 20 years ago.

I usually tip $2.00 and I generally leave a buck for the maid, too, if the room was clean and I have all the toiletries, coffee, etc.

I refuse to be one of these cheap bastards that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. I feel very fortunate to be doing what I want to be doing and am certainly making a decent living . . . . I think I can cough up a few bucks here and there for a tip . . . . sheesh. Thank god it isn;t me driving that van or scrubbing that tub.
 
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turbodriver

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Well, I don't make over 100K per year so I'll be keeping my hard earned cash and spending it on my soon to be newborns college fund.

Van driver be dammed. Family comes first.
 

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damn biznatch, you've been tipping the driver? I've been tipping the van. Silly me!

dash8driver said:
ohhh!! now i get it. all this time when i was told to tip the van driver, i would wait til he fell asleep. then i'd sneak up and push him over.

imagine my embarrasment...
 

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For what its worth-the IRS allows 3$ per day this year for tips. Just log it in your redbook.
 

Ty Webb

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turbodriver said:
Well, I don't make over 100K per year so I'll be keeping my hard earned cash and spending it on my soon to be newborns college fund.

Van driver be dammed. Family comes first.

I don't even know where to start with this. It's a lousy buck. It's covered in your per diem. It's tax deductible. If flight attendents can afford to do it, you can, too.

You want the respect and wages of an airline pilot, but you can't even comply with leaving a lousy buck for the van driver? And then you will probably bitch about the people getting on your plane having "no class".

If you can't cough up a buck, Chuck, find another job. You're making us all look bad.
 

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The van driver makes more than me. If I have a buck I'll give it to them, but if not....well no sweat of my sack.
 

turbodriver

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Ty Webb said:
I don't even know where to start with this. It's a lousy buck. It's covered in your per diem. It's tax deductible. If flight attendents can afford to do it, you can, too.

You want the respect and wages of an airline pilot, but you can't even comply with leaving a lousy buck for the van driver? And then you will probably bitch about the people getting on your plane having "no class".

If you can't cough up a buck, Chuck, find another job. You're making us all look bad.

Kiss my a$$. It's not a lousy "buck" add it up for the year and see how much cash you're thowing away. And those F/A's you talk about? Most of the granny F/A's working here probably have rich husbands who send them to work here so they could get the travel bennies. Now, you sit there and tell me that the hot 21 year old that you flew with all last month gave away a buck on every day of every trip. It's always the grannies isn't it? Thought so. What's the point to all this anyway?? Just to get the respect of some guy working at the hotel who already makes more than I do? When you make my money then you get to tell me how to spend it. I'm not worried about class. I don't work for southwest flying trailer trash. I'll say again. Family comes first. Contract noegiations start next year. Our wage scale isn't going to be dependent on whether I give the van driver hundreds if not a thousand or so per year.
 
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dash8driver

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iahawkeye said:
The van driver makes more than me. If I have a buck I'll give it to them, but if not....well no sweat of my sack.

hey.. you're right! maybe the van driver should be tipping! after all, all those air crew pick ups surely increased their staffing needs.. :p
 
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