Lately, it seems like tip percentages just keep growing. Most people I know give 20 percent as the default gratuity, but that can vary. For previous generations, rates were lower; among our grandparents, 12 percent was a more common tip, and in many places, 15 percent is still the standard.
Yet while expectations may be higher, the poor economy has some patrons tipping less than they used to. That has led some people at salons and spas to guilt-trip and even intimidate clients for higher tips. And while I get why they'd want miserly clients to give generously, I'm thinking that tactic is unlikely to earn repeat business. I'm looking forward to the day when everyone can agree on what constitutes a fair tip — but I'm not holding my breath.