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OMG: I find it very strange how so many people here yell "thank you" as they exit the bus.

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  1. Why? Do you not appreciate the driver's time or driving ability? I bet you're the kind of person that never tips their waiter either.

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    1. Besides the fact that the concept of mandatory tipping is absolutely terrible and backwards (restaurants sucker us into paying their employees' wages! hah!) I do tip.

      The driver is being paid for their time, and lots of GRT drivers drive like maniacs. I don't suggest being rude to them, but I don't see a reason to thank them. It should be vice-versa.

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    2. fuck your grandmother all the way back to the 17th generation.

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    3. Sick burn in the 21st C

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    4. 1.a, you're paying the employees wage either way, dumbass.

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  2. Small town thing maybe? Although, I moved to Sydney and half the people here also yell "thank you" to the bus driver. Maybe it's a white ppl thing.

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    1. People do it in Toronto too. I do it. It's just a kind thing to do.

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    2. The majority of people do not do it in Toronto...

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    3. The majority of people don't do it here either doesn't mean it doesn't happen at all

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    4. Wait, so showing appreciation is now a white people thing? lol. I thought white people were supposed to all be stuck up douchebags, no wonder they're so confused!

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  3. Saying 'thank you' when someone provides a service for you seems like a normal thing to do.

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  4. Omg you resent tipping service employees. Lollll called it. Another mystery solved omguw.

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    1. Explain why mandatory tipping is a good idea. Explain why someone's wages should be so unreliable and depend on how expensive the food I order is. Please tell me now why tipping should be the norm.

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    2. Tipping should not be the norm and the practice of accepting tips should be done away with. But under the present system, you really have to tip - otherwise the only thing you're achieving is hurting the server.

      What we really need is a change to the minimum wage for servers, and anti-tipping legislation.

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    3. +1 4b,

      Lol you can tell 4a resents it, 'Explain why' 'Please tell me now' calm down kid we can tell you're entitled. Yeah why should you have to pay for service or thank people??? The pleasure of serving you and answering all your questions is clearly reward enough.

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    4. what the fuck 4c, there's a difference between "being entitled" and disliking a system. I dont understand why we arbitrarily tip a specific subset of workers when there are plenty of other people who work just as hard and are as/more deserving of tips. I'm allowed to resent tipping because mandatory tipping is FUCKING STUPID.

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    5. @4, where in the post does it even mention tipping?

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    6. 4d you didn't calm down. That's OK, keep getting mad you have to pay for service rendered.

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    7. I'm not arguing about paying for a service. You'd have to be pretty fucking dumb to think that's what I'm saying. I'm saying that it's not fair to both customer and waiter that their wages can be so damn arbitrary based on how expensive my dish is and/or how nice I perceive them to be. Full, fair wages should be payed by employers and tipping should be reserved for cases when a worker (not just a waiter) goes above and beyond.

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    8. @4f so you tip cashiers, people who make your coffee, your TAs, etc.? they render you a service right? you sound like an entitled waiter

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    9. No you dumb fuck, I'm saying either we tip every service worker, or no service workers. It doesn't make sense that a small subset of people are supposed to get extra money for doing their jobs whereas others aren't. Tipping should be something entirely optional reserved for cases where someone went above and beyond their duties.

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  5. I thank my driver when I take a taxi so why would I not thank the bus driver? I mean, they got you from Point A to Point B without dying and it means you don't have to spend money on a car or on gas. I also thank my professors at the end of term and my hair dresser after an appointment. Yes, all of these people get paid for their work but that doesn't mean they don't warrant a simple "thank you" - particularly if they are, in fact, good at their jobs.

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    1. You the real mvp of common courtesy +1

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  6. I get that we're saying thanks for a guy providing a service to us.. but he's driving the bus with or without us. Also, he's not doing us a favour, we're paying for the service.

    I'd probably say thanks if I was right near the driver while exiting from the front doors...but yelling thanks all the way from the back is just odd

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    1. So only people doing you a personal favour are worthy of appreciation?

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  7. it's a KW thing, never saw this anywhere else

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    1. I grew up in Vancouver and it happens on a daily basis over there. Definitely not just a KW thing.

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    2. Lived in Calgary. Can confirm 7a is right

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    3. In Toronto a lot of people say thank you, but mainly when they get off at the front. Rarely anyone yells it out when getting off the back. Thats why when I see it here I find it the weirdest thing. But still, its a nice thing to do

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    4. Lived in the States, people there do it way more often than people in kw.

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    5. I think its just a common courtesy. Like thanking a waitress or something. Like it or not the rest of Canada does stereotype Toronto as the "NYC of Canada". Rude, pushy and impatient.

      The fact that inToronto noone thanks the bus driver is wrong to me.

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  8. It is polite to thank the bus driver for their service in getting you to your destination :)

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  9. I don't see why not, they're doing good service -- there are plenty of idiots out there they're dealing with too, both drivers and passengers (which personally, I would not be able to have the patience to deal with).

    However, I don't give thanks to bus drivers who are rude. Pretty self-explanatory.

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  10. Eh. I usually say thank you. Just a thing I've always done. Feels right to me. Bus drivers have to put up with some pretty ridiculous crap every day, I figure I might as well let them know I appreciate the job they do.

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  11. Because sometimes a thank you or a small thing can make someone's day brighter. I know that even if I do something small or mandatory, if I get a small thank you for that I greatly appreciate it. So why not, it could make someone really happy, it can even help someone's bad day too.

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  12. Thank you for doing your job?

    Will he/she thank me for being a civil passenger?...thank you for not taking a shit on the GRT, we hope to see you again in the future.

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    1. It's just a nice thing to say. Nobody's going to think less of you if you don't, though.

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    2. True, I actually do say it if I'm.going out the front door. Mainly because you're suppose to leave through the back. Wouldn't go out of my way or scream from the back of the bus though

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  13. I've been shouting thanks at bus drivers extra enthusiastically lately just for you op.

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  14. I don't understand what is so confusing about this.
    it's fucking polite that's all.
    When you interact with someone working in the service industry, you say thank you when your interaction is complete. When you receive your coffee from Tim's, you say thank you. When you get out of a cab, you say thank you. Why is a bus driver any different?

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  15. I also yell thank you from the back so that the bus driver knows I'm exiting the bus when I can't get the door to open LOL.

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