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suspirar
11/15/2009 20:47 EST

Please tell me about Mexican tipping customs (propinas) as much as you can; feel welcome to write a lot. Also, please say to what extent the propina is obligatory or expected. Please prevent me from not leaving a tip when one was expected/obligatory.

One specific question to start: When a gasoline attendant wearing the Pemex uniform fills up my car with gas and does nothing other than that, am I still expected to tip him/her?

Another specific topic: baggage handling at bus stations. In Tijuana´s central camionera, my Mexican "boyfriend" asked me to give 2 pesos to the man (who was wearing a uniform) who tagged my bags, gave me my corresponding receipt tags, and put my carry-on-size suitcase and backpack in the bus´s lower storage area. I gave the man 2 pesos, but he stuck around like he wanted more, so I have him an additional 2 pesos. I have never tipped to have my stuff stored in the lower part of a bus (and I only bring light luggage). Are we supposed to tip them even when they are uniformed, and if so, how much should we tip?

I realize that the tipping customs vary with location. I have been in Matamoros, Tamaulipas for a few days, and I will be here few more days.

Today I went shopping in a DelSol store. When it came time to check out, a little girl directed me to an open cashier, and then a little boy (about 9 years old) bagged my purchases and took my cart back to where I got it. As the boy was not wearing a supermarket uniform, I suspected that he was working for a tip. While he took my cart to its starting place, I asked a woman if I was supposed to tip him, and she said yes. Í don´t recall having this type of bagging in Baja California. If we don´t want a kid to bag our purchases, can we tell them that we want to bag our own purchases?

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RVGRINGO
11/16/2009 12:00 EST

You are beginning to get the idea about tipping. Many people work for a tiny salary and depend heavily upon tips. Porters at airports and bus stations are a good example; in fact, some may work only for tips. Check-out counter baggers generally work for only tips and many are poor children who do this before or after school (most schools run two sessions each day). Groceries permit these children and even their parents to bag groceries and we always give them a few pesos; more at holidays. At the Pemex station, we seldom tip on a routine basis for just filling the tank, but if they do anything else, a good tip is in order. Again, it is nice to give your regular attendants a larger tip (folding money) the week before Christmas, for example. There are special days for teachers, postmen and others and, if you are involved with them, a 'propina' or appropriate gift will be appreciated. Of course, if you have a maid or gardener, there are strict rules and customs about holiday bonuses, vacation pay, etc. If you use a taxi, you simply pay the meter charge or negotiated charge. However, if you have baggage and the driver loads, unloads or even takes it inside at your destination; a generous tip for his extra time and effort should be given. In restaurants, Mexicans generally tip 10% or a bit more for really good service.

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rentturtle
11/17/2009 00:04 EST

can you clarify the maid tipping standards at the holidays? i am in my second year in mexico and last year we paid our made 2 extra week's salary. we also gave our colonia guards the basic food baskets that you can purchase at the grocery store.

Thanks.

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InsuranceQuotes
11/17/2009 14:06 EST

Check out Magellan's Worldwide Tipping Guide.

I personally recognize great service with a generous gratuity and "thank you" unless I'm in a country or location where it is offensive.

Sometimes it's hard to distinguish pan handlers and the poor from individuals trying to work for a living, rather than begging.

How is the health care in Mexico? Have you found a good doctor?

All the best,

Adam Bates

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suspirar
11/17/2009 19:19 EST

I haven´t had the following experience in Mexico yet, but do we tip when a hotel employee walks out the hotel with us after we´ve checked out, and he/she catches a cab for us ensuring a reasonable cab fare. I never asked them to do this for me, so it would catch me off guard, but you would think they would want to earn a tip from doing this. However the experience always was kind of a frantic flurry of throwing my bags in the taxi´s trunk and getting inside the car while the impatient Peruvian taxi drivers honked behind us.

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RVGRINGO
11/18/2009 09:58 EST

Such employees are paid very little; perhaps the equivalent of $5 or $10 USD per day, and must depend upon tips to make a living. There are no 'hard and fast rules' but if someone assists you in such a situation, a tip would be appropriate.
Now, the flip side: If you were to have a breakdown with your car, for example, don't be surprised to find yourself the beneficiary of roadside assistance from a complete stranger. Some have even been fed and housed for the night, while awaiting repairs. To offer a 'tip' in such a situation would be an insult. Instead, you might take the new friend out to dinner or make a gift of something that you noted lacking in their home, etc. Such is Mexican hospitality.

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Mac539
12/9/2009 12:56 EST

You are not expected to tip at a Pemex station for gas. However, if you have your windshield washed or air put in your tires, a tip is expected.

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