Introduction: Tipping Gas Attendants in Oregon and How Much to Tip
Some people are under the misconception that you should tip gas attendants in Oregon for filling up your vehicle. That is not the case and a tip is not expected or required. If you want to show gratitude, it’s better to thank them and wave as they walk away or give them a thumbs up sign.
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WHAT IS A SKIMMING ATTENDANT? The customer service personnel who clean the windshields and windows of parked vehicles at stations are called “skimmers.” In April 2008 Oregon joined the rest of the country by adding an extra penny per gallon to gas pump prices. As a result, gas station owners will be paying more revenue to service their workers and so they have hired additional attendants. They are more knowledgeable about customer needs and increase their speed in completing their work. The term skim […]
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Why You Should Tip Gas Attendants in Oregon
You’ve paid $3.50 to fill up with gasoline and the attendant goes beyond what they should have done. If you didn’t tip them, then that would be considered rude. Even if it means leaving a dollar you could reduce the insult to their face by making the tip more. Heck, you could even throw in a dollar or two! It wouldn’t make much of a difference in most cases, but frugality is social currency that can be used to impress people. For example, at the beginning of a conversation, those who don’t tip can be taken as snobs and those who do are more likely to be respected. Although it might not seem like it’s much, it really is.
Gas attendants (or any other service industry employees) earning minimum wage can spend $8.55 an hour on fuel alone. That means that gas attendants have to buy around $14 of gas every week to care for their families’ gasoline needs.
Let’s say that a gas attendant only gets tipped $0.50 and they have to work at least 35 hours a week to support their family on minimum wage.
That means they’re losing $1,898.75 every year because you didn’t tip them. That’s just enough money for gas attendants to take a trip around the world!
How to Tip Gas Attendants in Oregon
Tipping gas attendants in Oregon isn’t necessary, but if you want to tip them there’s no set guideline. A few dollars is pretty common, but $5 or $10 can also be acceptable. Some people even leave larger tips like a $20 bill in some cases, but that’s only because they were overcharged or there was something extra done for them. You can’t just go up to a gas station attendant and ask how much you should tip them. Every situation is different so it’s impossible to give detailed instructions or instructions on what you can expect to be tipped at the pump.
The price of gas has gone up over the last few years making the tips given to gas attendants higher, but it’s not always the case. Service at some stations may be extra good, but this isn’t always true. There are also times when service is bad and tips are lower or non-existent. You can just give a little extra if you feel like it as a tip, but you don’t have to do it at all.
When you go to the pump there are times when you may have to wait a while without service. There may be a problem with the pumps, or they may be out of gas. You’re not obliged to tip your attendant during this time unless they do something that impresses you. This is true even if gas prices are higher than normal in that area.
Tips for Leaving a Good Tip
After you’ve filled up with gas and paid the cashier behind the counter, tip them a little if you want. If you have time, leave a tip between $5 and $10 just to show your gratitude for their service. You can also thank them by waving or giving them a thumbs up sign instead of leaving money on the counter. This will show them that you appreciate their service.
Avoid leaving a tip on a set amount, though. Some gas stations will try to get you to leave $5 and a small piece of paper with your phone number on it. If that’s the case, don’t fall for it. Avoid tipping out of obligation or because you think that someone expects you to do so.
As long as you’re willing to tip them, feel free to tip any attendant at the gas station completely or in part as long as they are willing to accept it. If you are not sure of the amount that you should leave, talk with a manager or an attendant at the gas station to find out what is considered a fair tip.
You can also round up to the nearest dollar. If you’re unsure of what your change should be, ask someone who works there or talk to the attendant at the cash register. Most attendants are happy to answer any questions you have about the price of gas and how much customers should tip them.
Let’s say that you pay $50 for regular unleaded gas, and you put down $20 as a tip. Since $50 is the amount you paid for regular unleaded gas, round up to the nearest dollar and tip around $10.
What are the Best Tips for Leaving a Good Tip?
You always want to show your gratitude for their service by tipping them. If you have the money, it’s a good idea to tip them between $5 and $10 for a tank of gas. You can usually expect to be tipped around $2-$4, but you don’t need to tip if that’s what their practice is at the pump. Some attendants might not even give you a tip if you’re the last one to buy gas and it took a lot of time for them to help you. If the attendant didn’t give them anything, then it’s no big deal unless they went extra above and beyond their job for making your shopping experience easier or faster.
If you want to tip them more, then you can give them $2 for every full 10 gallons of gas that you buy. If it’s a full tank of gas, then you would give them $10. If it’s half a tank, you can tip them up to $5. Sometimes people leave 100% of the cost of the tank as a gratuity instead of tipping the attendant. This is usually if they’re given free fuel or if they only wanted to pay cash instead of swiping their credit card at the pump. Sometimes it’s also if they were late to the pump or if there was a problem with the pump.