If you are in San Diego and you use a taxi should you tip the individual driving? This is just one of the many common questions that visitors to the city have, and while a gratuity is greatly appreciated and usually expected it is not always the right thing to do.
In this city service workers including cab drivers are expected to receive a specific percentage of the money they earn for the company in tips, and these employees are taxed on this amount whether they actually receive it or night. If you have received the expected service then it is customary to show your appreciation by giving a gratuity. If the individual was extremely rude, verbally abusive, or unacceptable in other ways then not only should a tip not be left but a complaint should be made with the company.
How much should you give for a taxi ride though? The answer varies depending on who is answering this question. The general guideline is that you should offer at least 10%-20% of the total fare charged for the ride, and more if you received exceptional service or the driver went out of their way to provide a great experience and customer service.
In every case at least a $1 tip should be provided. It is important to remember that there is an initial charge just for the flag to be dropped and your business accepted. This is usually about $2.50-$3 but can depend on the current gas prices and is subject to change at any time.
If you ever forget an item in a taxi call the company right away. If the company is notified quickly then they can have the driver recover your item and either turn it in or deliver it to you. If you wait too long to notify the business another passenger could come across your property and take it without the driver even realizing it.