Harry here. There’s been a lot of buzz around tipping lately, so we sent RSG senior contributor Christian Perea out onto the roads armed with a couple tipping signs to see if he would get any Uber tips.
Update 7/25/17: Uber has since added a tip button to the passenger app. If you are an Uber passenger you can tip your Uber driver through the passenger app and you no longer need to do so in cash.
Since the proposed settlement of the Uber employee misclassification lawsuit (O’Connor vs Uber), we have been getting a lot of questions about tipping signs on Uber. Part of that settlement allowed drivers to place a small sign in their car alerting passengers that tips are not included. Something to the effect of:
“Tips are not included, they are not required, but they are appreciated.”
Within hours, a few publications picked up on this and told everyone that they should probably start tipping their Uber drivers. I actually want to thank Devin Coldewey and Andrew Hawkins for going to bat for TNC for drivers.
However, many drivers are still a little bit shy about using a tip sign because they fear that it will affect their ratings. Yet they are curious to see what happens to those who do put an Uber tip sign in their car. So I hit the road with a basic tip sign to see if an Uber tip sign could snag me some tips without killing my ratings.