We, my wife and I, always tip very heavily. Two reasons, one I hope they remember it when I return, and two, because my wife tells me to. She was a waitress when she first got out of school. BTW, I should have said normally, because if the service is terrible, I won't tip much if anything.
But what I really wanted to say, I can't believe no one brought up the comedy script, and maybe because like me, you can't remember the actual show, but in the show the guy sits down at the table, sets a large stack of one dollar bills on the table, and tells the waiter/waitress, this is your tip, your starting point. Now every time you fail to give me good service, I'll remove at least a dollar. If you go above and beyond, I'll add to the stack.
Well you get the picture. I traveled all over our country when I worked, and I'll tell you, all places everywhere charge an automatic tip on parties over a certain size, even here in this very small town where I now live. Also, I've heard from many people that a lot of restaurants are now charging a tip automatically on every meal, regardless of the size of the party. I disagree with this policy. Unfortunately, sometimes the server simply doesn't deserve a tip.
Someone mentioned tipping other businesses. I always tip the guy who cuts my hair. My wife tips her hair stylist. I have tipped my electrician before. We were suffering from an ice storm that had left us without power, and estimates were that power would not be restored for 7-30 days, depending on where you live. I bought a generator, and my electrician came and got it wired into my electrical panel for me on very short notice. I felt he went way above and beyond to help me out, and I tipped him well. But what I have found really funny is in other forums, outdoor forums, this has come up by many of the guides. They charge anywhere from $300-$500 a day for taking you fishing, and they expect that you should then tip them another $100, if you didn't catch fish, and more if you did. Their excuse is they tried very hard. I am not kept in their graces as I said they then should simply adjust their fees, and expect to be tipped for supplying extra stuff like a shore lunch, drinks, or providing extra help or baits... most of which none of those guides were willing to do. Heck, one guide I hired told me point blank, while we were fishing, he expected me to buy his lunch!!! I did.... but then at the end of the day, I deducted that amount from his fee. I fished that lake, and I was taking a customer on a fishing trip, and I know for fact that guide clearly did not take us to the "best" fishing locations. Heck, he didn't even take us to community holes I knew of, much less some of the ones I keep a secret. i took my customer back later in my boat and we caught more than the three fish we caught with that guide. It was an awkward discussion when I paid him, but it was what it was. Oh, and back then, gas was still only about a dollar a gallon, unlike now, and he still didn't run more than four miles.... dang I'm on a soap box... but gotta run so I'll dismiss the sermon now!!! LOL
Thanks for reading my rant!!!