I generally tip 15% as a rule with more if service was exceptional. I remember when 10% was standard (not so long ago) and now people are trying to say 20% is standard but I think that is totally bogus.
I agree. I almost always tip 15% - well, more like 16-17% because I round up. Another "rule" that seems to be going by the wayside: the tip is supposed to be calculated before tax is added on.
If I made a lot of money, I'd gladly give 20% standard. Currently, I'm probably only about 1 tax bracket up from a server, so extra generosity would be kinda misplaced.
(Also, just found out that Illinois tipped employees get $4.95/hr flat rate, which is a significantly better than average: http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/tipped.htm#.ULzuVmelGWg )
Edited, Dec 3rd 2012 12:26pm by trickybeck