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It wasn't until 2017 that Uber added an option for tipping. The company followed in the footsteps of other ride-share services like Lyft and Via.

Tipping may be new to Uber, but that doesn't excuse riders from paying a few extra bucks at the end of each ride. According to USA Today's Madeline Purdue:

Uber drivers have complained about reduced fares, meaning they have to work longer hours to make what they previously would make. Tips can compensate for this discrepancy in pay.
Taxi and limousine drivers receive tips, as well as Lyft and other ride-hailing drivers. These drivers are providing a service, and usually services are met with tips.
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Uber isn't part of the service economy; it's part of the gig economy. The former warrants a tip, whereas the latter does not. According to Vox's Aditi Shrikant:

Unlike cab drivers, Uber or Lyft drivers are not technically in the service industry. Although Uber drivers are providing a service, they make their own schedule and are not beholden to a company that pays below minimum wage. Being in the gig economy is a choice they can opt out of at any time.

Although workers in the gig economy likely face similar financial struggles to those in the service industry, only 35% of riders are likely to tip their Uber drivers, and millennials are less likely to tip. Shrikant explains a few reasons why riders are not inclined to tip:

A rider who doesn’t tip says it’s because when the app was introduced, tipping wasn’t an option, which seems to signal that tipping is not an expectation. If it wasn’t a priority then, why should it be a priority now?
Something else the second non-tipping rider said was that she has stopped taking Ubers and Lyfts because she doesn’t like that a portion of her fare goes to Lyft and Uber, and not back into her local economy as it would if she took a cab. And this idea of a non-local, impersonal service may be why people see tipping as optional.
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