"Oh boo-hoo, so there is an annual fee. For all the discounts you get from them it's free."
Since when has being a promotion carrier been a service or good? Isn't that all profit from the get-go?
By this rationale, I should tip my Sunday newspaper for the coupons and tip my Kroger grocer for the weekly specials.
All of the AAA tow truck drivers that I have spoken to have told me that they are using company trucks and fuel. In other words, it's not their gas, vehicle, or insurance being burned to come out to see me. It's the company equipment. This is also why you see many tow trucks now with the GPS units, recording the trips, and monitoring their fuel and insurance liability for each truck.
The last time I had a tow (about a year ago), the driver's company contacted me a week after the tow and asked me what I thought of the experience. As I learned later on, after enough positive surveys, the driver would earn a monthly bonus. I thought that was a pretty good program.
I have nothing against AAA and tow truck drivers. In my experiences, I just don't see to where the individual is working on their own resources outside of the company to complete the job. If there was an exception, and there has been in my past, then I tip to help compensate for such expenses that the individual is shouldering for the company.
Having said all that, I actually like that you tip all the drivers. Times are tight and we have to pick and choose unfortunately, but there are worse crimes than throwing a little extra someone's way.
Edited by Agent Z - 8/19/11 at 11:44am