Gratifications in Mexico
There are all kinds of jobs in our country. You will surely be surprised with all the help we have around here and you may wonder if you need to tip everyone. Here are some typical examples:
- Taxis: if drivers notice that you are not local, they will try to charge an extra fee which is basically a tip. Keep in mind that you are not obligated and it’s not recommended to do so as the rates already include their service.
- Cerillos: these are the kids or elderly people helping you pack your bags in the supermarket. It’s a good idea to tip them as it is their only income. A good tip would be around $5 to $10 Mexican pesos depending on the amount of groceries you take.
- Restaurants: waitressing usually has a very low basic salary, so most of their income comes from tips. For a good service it’s recommended to give a 10% of the total bill tip and for an excellent service 15%.
- “Viene viene”: these are the people that whistle while they help you park your car in certain spots around the city. If they are near a parking-meter or a designated parking place, it’s not recommended to tip them but if you are on a complicated area or they are really helpful, a good tip would be $5 Mexican pesos. If they save you a spot or take care of your car, you should consider a more generous tip.
- Gas station: when you need to fill up the gas tank, there is no need to do it yourself because there are people who can help you. They can even check your tires and clean your windshield. A good tip for their service is about $5 to $10 Mexican pesos.