The rate of inflation being what it is, where is tipping left? When the very nice chap from the AA had fixed your wagon roadside, a quid would have bought him a drink and a few coppers change. Nowadays a job that costs 20 if you apply the 10% rule gives you a two pound coin which won't buy a pint even in Wetherspoons. French restaurants at least add 'servis complet' so you know where you stand. Add some more if you want, but on a ton, you've done your bit for the catering trade. Will it die out? So I can be tight with a clear conscience, or will some new method come in? You tip a cabbie, but not a bus driver. You tip a cocktail waiter, but not a barman You tip a barber? For why, for why? If they are self employed, charge a living rate of pay, if people don't want to pay, your charging too much for your skills. I put this on the NAAFI bar because I'll probably get better and more amusing advice.