To tip or not to tip the gas station attendant?

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WOODBRIDGE -

New Jersey is one of only two states that does not allow self-service gas stations.

As the weather gets colder, many drivers who use the Garden State’s fuel pumps have wondered what the etiquette is when it comes to tipping.

A recent post on Reddit prompted News 12 New Jersey’s Brian Donohue to take a look at the situation.

Many drivers told Donohue that they rarely tip gas station attendants. They said that if they do, it would only be a dollar or two.

Several gas station attendants said that they do receive tips from about 10 percent of their customers. They said that those customers are typically from out of state and aren’t familiar with full-service gas stations.

But gas attendant Tyler Hudson says that he receives tips from about 40 percent of his customers at the WaWa on Routes 1 & 9 in Woodbridge. Co-workers say that its Hudson’s positive attitude that does it.

“I wake up and I try to be better than I was the day before,” Hudson says. “I try to think more positive than the day before and internally it makes me feel better…and I try to pass that on as best I can.”

Gas attendants do say that they typically get a bit more in tips as the weather gets cold and people have more sympathy for them.

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