Tipping in Mexico

Since the topic of tipping came up, I thought I’d share the tipping customs of my country.

Tipping in Mexico differs from tipping in Canada. Here are some common scenarios where tipping in Mexico is required:

Gas Stations: in Mexico there are no self-serve gas stations (at least I’ve never seen one). It’s a common practice to tip the attendant who puts gas in your car. The amount of the tip doesn’t necessarily depend on how much gas you buy. It will depend on how attentive the attendant is: whether he offered to check your tires or cleaned your windshield.

Another instance in which people tip in Mexico is at supermarkets. Usually, young teenagers, and lately seniors, will help put someone’s groceries in bags. Some of them even help carry the groceries to the car. This earns them a tip that is based on the amount of items they had to bag or carry.

One more case in which tip is expected is at parking lots. No, I’m not talking about valet parking services. I’m talking about people (usually males) that hang around parking lots and direct you when reversing out. Although this isn’t mandatory, most people will give them a tip. It’s a way to help them, as they are usually low income individuals. At supermarket parking lots, they sometimes help load groceries into a person’s car as well.

Some cases in which people won’t usually tip in Mexico, which is different from Canada, are the following: when getting your car fixed at the mechanic, at hair salons and after a taxi ride.

If you come from a different country, feel free to share the tipping customs that exist there but not in Canada. Thanks!


About Diana Massimi

As a newcomer in Canada, I've had some really great experiences. Every day, I continue to learn and adapt to my new country. As I've just passed the three year mark as a permanent resident, I'll soon be applying for citizenship. It's an exciting step to take and I'm looking forward to being "officially" Canadian. This blog is to share what I've learned so far and my everyday experiences and feelings being a newcomer to this country. More than anything I'll be looking forward to hearing from other newcomers and exchanging impressions and anecdotes about our new life in Canada. Feel free to share and ask questions, I'm also always happy to help a fellow newcomer!
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