I'm not a big fan of going with the flow or listening to what other people tell me are the "norms" in life. In fact...I HATE norms.
The one thing I do agree with is providing a good tip to someone for a job well done. Unfortunately, a bunch of cheapskate, low-life employers refuse to pay their employees livable wages, so they expect the public to pick up the slack by paying tips.
Here are my personal recommendations for tipping... - Porters/Bellhops: $1.00 per bag - Car/Limo Drivers: 10%. If they give you a guided tour...now they've added value...so go 20%. - Shuttle Bus Drivers: $2.00 per person. - Maids: $2.00 per night. - Conceirge: $5.00-$10.00 per favor. - Room Service: 15% (and it's usually already in the bill!) - Waitors/Waitresses: 10-25% depending on level of service. Bad attitude...ZERO! - Maitre d: $5.00-$10.00 for a great table. - Coat Attendant: $1.00 per coat. - Valet: $2.00 per vehicle. - Restroom Attendant: $1.00 flat. - Doorman: $1.00 for cabs and $1.00 per bag. - Wine Steward: 10% of the wine bill. - Tour Guides: $5.00 per person. - Coffeehouse Attendant: $1.00 per order. - Hair Stylist: 10-15% of total bill. - Beautician: 10-15% of total bill. - Massage Therapist: 10% of the cost of the service.
And remember...a tip is not a given. If you get bad service, do not give any tip. Some people are rude, obnoxious, and have an entitlement attitude. Do not give in to them!