However, my standard tip for solid service is about 20% and up to 50% or 60% for excellent service.
I'm not affraid to tip, I just don't like people telling me I have to.
DeadS - you must work(ed) in the food/bar industry, I do the same here as well. You have to take care of those who take care of you is my motto.
The thing that irritates me is the tip jar on the counter for counter service establishments like a deli. I know for a fact that those kids make more than the traditional server wage (half the minimum wage here) and to put that jar tells me nothing. I always thought tips stood for To Insure Prompt Service.