So, my car died. I called AAA, and the tow truck driver came. For some reason, my car has a weird feature called a ‘shift lock’ that does not readily allow it to be taken out of park, which I assume is some kind of an anti-theft mechanism. The tow truck driver had to call a more experience driver to come help, which all told took over an hour.
Now my car is on his flatbed truck and being taken to the dealership. I have the generic AAA coverage that only cover 7 miles of towing and the dealership is 9 miles away at a cost of $8 extra per mile. No big deal, and I know exactly where the dealer is from where my car has died.
The tow truck driver is nice enough, but twice refuses to take my directions and goes his own way, which I would later learn took us three additional miles out of the way. Again, no big deal, but he gives me this song and dance when we get to the dealership about how they told him it was 9 miles, but it is really 12. Still, he’ll be a nice guy and just charge me for the 9 since even he admits he should have followed my directions. He also tells me he is bummed out because he has a date in an hour, and because of having to call the other tow truck driver in to help, he will now be late. So I hand him a $20 for the $16 charge and ask if he has change. He gets all quiet, gives me three crumpled dollar bills and says he doesn’t have a fourth. I say go ahead and keep it. He dumps my car off his truck very uncarefully, gets in his truck and yells at me, “Gee thanks, you’re my biggest tipper all night :dubious:”
- Uh, o.k. did I do something wrong? Are you supposed to tip these guys? If the dealership had been 7 miles or less away, there wouldn’t have even been an exchange of money which would have made this expected tip even more awkward. What say you?