Tipping a driver

May 11th, 2006, 06:46 PM
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Tipping a driver

We will be going to Sweden this summer and will be picked up by a driver. I say we should plan on tipping the guy/woman- my DH says no. What's the call? Thanks!
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May 11th, 2006, 06:57 PM
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I never tipped anyone in Sweden (including the cabbie who took me into Stockholm) and was told that was fine by my host sister. Gratuities, I am sure, are always welcome, but not necessary.
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May 11th, 2006, 11:12 PM
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Well we had a very long thread here on Fodor's about Tipping the Pilot..so why shouldn't one be Tipping a Driver?
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May 12th, 2006, 01:28 AM
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In a word, your DH is not very "D"..in fact, he's a cheapskate!
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May 12th, 2006, 06:12 AM
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I liked the comment "gratuities, I am sure, are always welcome, but not necessary". Doesn that mean the only reason to tip is because it is "necessary"? If he was nice, he did a great job and you appreciate what he did, give him a tip.
May 12th, 2006, 06:18 AM
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Hi M,

Unlike the US, where most service personnel rely on tips for a living, Europeans are better paid.

A tip of 1-2 E to show that the driver did a good job is fine.

5E for extraordianry service.

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May 12th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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Neopolitan- I am from Dallas and here it is not OK to skip the gratuity. Even if service is bad, people tip because it is socially "required" (granted, bad service only gets 10% or less but still. . .). So, I was trying to indicate that it isn't like that in Sweden.
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