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Are you supposed to tip the AAA driver?

Asked by Jeruba (51635points) December 12th, 2008

I don’t need roadside help very often, but it is a godsend when I do, and I make sure every member of my family carries a AAA Plus card at all times.

This morning it saved me from being stranded with a dead battery. As the nice young man pulled away in his truck, I wondered all of a sudden if a tip was expected. I never thought of it before because it is a service I have paid for through my membership and I was in need of help; I thought of it more like calling a doctor than like going to a restaurant or having my hair done. But maybe it is customary?

You don’t tip your mechanic, do you??

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8 Answers

aanuszek1's avatar

Why bother? You already pay them an outrageously large sum of money every month…

jrpowell's avatar

I tip if I think I will see the person again. I tip the bartender. I probably wouldn’t tip if the odds are good that I will never see them again. If they offer amazing service I will tip.

But I always tip a waitress/waitman. Just because they deserve it. Unless they are complete shitheads.

Jeruba's avatar

psst, @JP, “waiter”

jrpowell's avatar

@Jeruba… Thank you. I knew I was missing something. I was actually ready to append a (sp?) to that. My brain is full of worthless crap and I am starting to forget important stuff. It is like pouring a keg into a shot glass.

Jeruba's avatar

@JP, don’t feel bad. You can afford to forget all the common stuff because there’s plenty of other people to remember it for you. I bet a lot of the worthless crap you remember is really interesting. And which stuff do you think you’re going to find more entertainment in chewing on once decrepitude creeps in?

srmorgan's avatar

The AAA driver towed my car 28 miles to the specific dealer I wanted to work on the car. I paid the AAA rate of course but I gave him an extra $5.00 for towing me and being careful with the car.

SRM

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I’ve never tipped the AAA man before…I don’t think they would turn it down, but I don’t think it’s expected…

john65pennington's avatar

I have had several flat tires and the AAA guy has always been there and helpful. i did tip him a bottle of cold spring water one time in the summer. i am rethinking my tipping to the AAA worker. i may now give a tip, instead of water. although, he really did appreciate the water. it was in the 90s and the humidity was at least 80%.

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