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[*] posted on 3-9-2018 at 09:07 PM
Tipping at gas stations?


Here is a question for you other Nomads, tipping at gas stations.

I admit that I do not tip just for pumping gas. On the other hand if they do my windshields I absolutely tip, somewhere around 10-20 pesos depending on the change that I have and if they do all the windows.

What is your policy about this? I realize it's a personal choice but what is the gringo "norm"?




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[*] posted on 3-9-2018 at 09:17 PM


Same here... reward good service.



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[*] posted on 3-9-2018 at 09:26 PM


At least 20 pesos min, regardless of windows, and often 50 pesos . Don't be a cheap gringo.



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[*] posted on 3-9-2018 at 09:28 PM


15-20 pesos, windows or no windows;)
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[*] posted on 3-9-2018 at 09:46 PM


10 pesos when I'm on the bike, 20-25 when driving. Has nothing to do with window washing, while I am far from well off I recognize that I have far more resources than the person pumping gas. A small tip makes a difference to them and I won't miss that small amount. I have been on the receiving end of Mexican hospitality and am happy to give a little back. I also leave tips for hotel maids. I am a budget traveler but if I couldn't afford small tips I would stay home.
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[*] posted on 3-9-2018 at 10:00 PM


Quote: Originally posted by willardguy  
15-20 pesos, windows or no windows;)


Same here.




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[*] posted on 3-9-2018 at 11:02 PM


gotta say, I never tip unless they do the windows, and 10 -20 pesos as well...sometimes when a guy ( or girl ) really spit shines the windows I'll get pretty generous, the guy in San Ignacio that also sells the date bread always seems to take a good bit of pride in cleaning the windows
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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 04:56 AM


Quote: Originally posted by KurtG  
10 pesos when I'm on the bike, 20-25 when driving. Has nothing to do with window washing, while I am far from well off I recognize that I have far more resources than the person pumping gas. A small tip makes a difference to them and I won't miss that small amount. I have been on the receiving end of Mexican hospitality and am happy to give a little back. I also leave tips for hotel maids. I am a budget traveler but if I couldn't afford small tips I would stay home.



Well said. I feel the same way.
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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 07:11 AM


100 pesos, with or without gas purchase.
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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 07:33 AM


Quote: Originally posted by pacificobob  
100 pesos, with or without gas purchase.




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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 07:49 AM


I always tip 20 pesos at the pemex, and if you see an elderly person bagging your groceries tip them well they work for tips only.
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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 08:05 AM


Everybody on his board has gray hair and should know how to tip by this point in life.
For those who are still clueless, here is a list of the people you should tip:
Grocery bagger
Gas jockey
Hotel maid
Restaurant server
Prostitute
Parking attendant
Bell boy
And Anybody who works for tips

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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 08:24 AM


The lady pumping at the station I usually go to is pretty handy with the pump and seems to always do a good job of stopping it 20 pesos short of an even 100 peso amount. She gets to keep the 20.
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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 08:54 AM


100 Pesos seems like a lot. But that barely buys a gallon of gas.


Quote: Originally posted by bkbend  
The lady pumping at the station I usually go to is pretty handy with the pump and seems to always do a good job of stopping it 20 pesos short of an even 100 peso amount. She gets to keep the 20.




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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 09:00 AM


Only if they do my windows. My favorite Pemex for service is the newer one south of San Vicente on the east side of the road. They make and sell good burritos as well.



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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 09:35 AM


If the attendant is friendly, and at least asks if I want my windshield washed, they have earned a tip!

The sullen woman in San Felipe thought stopping the pump at 475 pesos was close enough, so I asked her to wash the windshield. She did, and got the tip, but honestly I wish I had washed it myself.





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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 09:56 AM


I make two trips a year to Mulege. Returning home I always stop at the same station on the South side of Ensenada.

As I got out to use the restroom, the attendant said "So, Bill, how ya doing?" There's no way he could remember me since I'm there so infrequently and I don't remember ever giving out my name.

He enjoyed my confusion, smiled, and pointed to my rear window.

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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 10:20 AM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Everybody on his board has gray hair and should know how to tip by this point in life.
For those who are still clueless, here is a list of the people you should tip:
Grocery bagger
Gas jockey
Hotel maid
Restaurant server
Prostitute
Parking attendant
Bell boy
And Anybody who works for tips

If you don’t know how much to tip, I pity the poor worker that has to serve you!
The poor worker pity you MT the stupid tourist giving clueless info. Hold on to your penny stay in your rocking chair. :bounce:
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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 10:40 AM
Be the GOOD Gringo


ALWAYS tip for service performed.

North or south of the border, but especially south.

The cost is negligible and the impression left positive.

In addition, BUY the Chiclets and curios from the street vendors whenever possible.

I always kept (at least) twenty one-dollar bills tucked next to the steering column for same.

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[*] posted on 3-11-2018 at 08:53 AM


Quote: Originally posted by chumlee57  
gotta say, I never tip unless they do the windows, and 10 -20 pesos as well...sometimes when a guy ( or girl ) really spit shines the windows I'll get pretty generous, the guy in San Ignacio that also sells the date bread always seems to take a good bit of pride in cleaning the windows


....omGawrsh... hadn't realize I qualify for 'cheap gringo' status. :wow:

didn't tip once at Pemex, unless windows were washed, then ~5 peso's each for front or back.
Groceries,,,, usually 5-10 pesos
Restaurants that serve tables,,,, ~10%
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