Today I learned about the "world's rudest, worst, most insulting waiter"β€”Edsel Ford Fong at the Sam Wo Restaurant in San Francisco, CA. Fong is known for seating people with strangers, criticizing customer's menu choices, slamming food on the table, and busing tables before people are finished eating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
There is a Japanese cafe is staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralysed people. bbc.com/news/technology-4…
Restaurants during the German hyperinflation of the 1920s, a waiter would stand up on a table every 30 minutes to call out the new prices. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
There was a spate of waiters poisoning poor tippers in Chicago in 1918 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In 1907, French waiters went on strike for the right to have mustaches. In France prior to 1907, mustaches were a symbol of class and stature, while waiters were seen as lower class and thus - not mustache-worthy. atlasobscura.com/articles…
To call a waiter’s attention at a restaurant in Myanmar you should make a kissing sound two or three times. cnn.com/travel/article/my…
Frank Sinatra regularly tipped waiters, busboys and chefs $100-200 each. However, he had a fearsome temper in restaurants. He would throw food against the wall if he didn’t like how it was prepared, and would throw drinks if he didn’t like how he was treated. eu.desertsun.com/story/li…
One of the most expensive wine bottles that was never to have been drunk was a 1787 Margaux from Thomas Jeffersons Collection, the owner brought it to a restaurant and a waiter knocked it over. Insurance payout was $225,000 in 1989 telegraph.co.uk/finance/n…
When Billie Holiday would perform β€œStrange Fruit” at gigs, the club owner would order the waiters to stop serving, and the room would be in complete darkness except for a single spotlight on her face. It would close her act and there would be no encore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Freddie Mercury of Queen held a party in New Orleans in 1978, which featured nude waiters and waitresses, a man biting heads off live chickens, naked models wrestling in a liver pit, and dwarves walking around with trays of cocaine strapped to their heads. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/q…
The restaurant chain TGI Fridays stopped its waiters from wearing β€œflair” a few years after the movie Office Space came out because people wouldn’t stop making Office Space references about it. cinemablend.com/new/TGI-F…
Today I learned of Australia's pyjama girl mystery: an unidentified murdered woman's body was on public exhibition in a vat of formalin many years for identification. Ten years later the husband confessed to killing her - he was once a waiter at the detective's regular restaurant who he had known many years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street was inspired by an incredibly rude waiter at Oscar’s Salt of the Sea Tavern, where creator Jim Henson and director Jon Stone frequently had lunch together. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Os…
On June 22, 1918, four people were arrested and over one hundred waiters taken into custody over the apparent widespread practice of poisoning by waiters in Chicago. Guests who tipped poorly were given "Mickey Finn powder" in their food or drinks. curionic.com/blog/over-10…
Scottie Pippen, of Chicago Bulls Fame, was given the nickname β€œNo Tippin Pippen” for his lack of tipping waiters and once tried to haggle with strippers on the amount they were charging. chicagoist.com/2005/03/24…
The β€œWorld’s Rudest Waiter” worked in a San Francisco Chinese Restaurant. His name was Edsel Ford Fong and he was known to curse at patrons, slam plates on tables, and spill soup on customers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
In 1972 Oklahoma arrested the Amtrak waiter for serving alcohol as the train passed through the dry state straightdope.com/columns/…
Red Lobster doesn't bring straws to the tables, the waiters don't even carry them. They do this to reduce sea waste and if you need a straw for your tall daiquiri you need to ask for it usatoday.com/story/money/…
Today I learned that the inequity seen in more attractive waiters earning higher tips is not the result of male customers bestowing financial favors on attractive waitresses. Rather, the primary driver (of this dynamic) is female customers tipping attractive females more than unattractive females psmag.com/attractive-serv…
Jack Abbott was a career criminal and a convicted murderer who gained literary recognition upon publishing his prison memoir, "In the Belly of the Beast". He was eventually paroled and became a minor celebrity. Six weeks after his release, he stabbed a waiter to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
In 1989, a bottle, also from Thomas Jefferson's collection, was valued at an astronomical $500,000 by its owner, William Sokolin. When Sokolin took the wine with him to a Margaux dinner at the Four Season Hotel, a waiter knocked the bottle over, breaking it. Insurers paid out $225,000. telegraph.co.uk/finance/n…
You are more likely to order desert if the waiter is fat. fastcompany.com/3055212/y…
Research indicates black americans really do tip waiters less than whites americans, but likely as part of a cycle: waiters resist serving African Americans, or they provide poorer service, which discourages blacks from patronizing table-service restaurants. articles.latimes.com/2006…
; Bistro is not French for CΓ‘fe, but the word Russian cosacks would shout at French waiters, meaning "quickly" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Three men each won $19,100 in a lawsuit after being denied waiter jobs at Hooters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Uncle Ben of the famous food brand isn't even a real person. He is based on a head waiter named Charles Brown of Chicago in the 1940s. Aunt Bessie of the potatoes brand isn't even a real person too. morphologicalconfetti.com…
When waiters gave mints w/their patrons' check, their tips increased by 3%. If waiters personally handed 2mints per patron w/check, their tips increased by 14%. Their tips increased by 21% if they handed the mints directly to the patrons w/check, and then came back with more mints later. helpscout.net/blog/the-ps…
Waiters' Perception That Black People Tip Less is Actually True. Research From Cornell Hotel School. hotelschool.cornell.edu/r…
In Chicago in 1918 one hundred waiters were taken into custody for poisoning the drinks of people who tipped them poorly. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
Shari Lewis, the host of Lamb Chop's Play-Along, used to go to restaurants and order lamb chops for dinner just to see the look on people's faces. "[I order it] if for no other reason than to horrify the waiter." cbsnews.com/news/puppetee…
Dwight Burch, a black waiter working at Apple-bee's, sued the restaurant after repeated harassment by a black manager and won a $40,000 settlement. The black manager repeatedly referred to him as a β€˜tar baby’ and β€˜Black monkey’ during his three months at the restaurant. sptimes.com/2003/08/31/Co…
Steve Buscemi was in Pulp Fiction as Buddy Holly, the waiter.
Tommy Chong's daughter Rae Dawn Chong scouted Chris Pratt at 19 when he was her waiter at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rae…
There was a widespread and organized series of poisonings committed by Chicago waiters in 1918. While most cases weren't serious, there were several fatalities. Their targets were bad tippers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Waiters at upscale restaurants can make as much as 90,000 a year bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Today I learned of Butler's cafΓ© , a butler themed cafe in Tokyo. According to the owner, Japanese women "want a cafe where the waiters [are] male, good-looking, will treat them nice, but most importantly [are] Western." Butler's cafΓ© "is the sole cafe hiring only foreign men as staff." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Brad Pitt appears in Fight Club at least six times before Tyler's first scene. Once on a moving walkway, once as a waiter on tv, and 4 times in subliminal single frame shots. eeggs.com/items/3312.html
In Vietnam, it is possible to order a cobra blood wine from restaurant menus - the waiter will take a live cobra, kill it on the spot, drain the blood into a shot glass of rice wine, and top it off with the cobra's still beating heart for you to gulp down. wikitravel.org/en/Hanoi
When British Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigned, he took a cruise. One of the waiters on the ship was John Prescott, who would be Deputy PM just over 40 years later. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Renowned Egyptologist Sir E. A. Wallis Budge was the poor son of an unidentified waiter. When he was a boy, the organist at his church noticed his passion and interest and convinced a member of parliament to help raise money to send him to Cambridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
A French waiter stole $1.4 billion worth of art between 1995 and 2001 and didn't sell any of it. pursuitmag.com/stephane-b…
In 2001, Coca Cola had a program called H2NO, which worked with waiters at Olive Garden to dissuade people from ordering tap water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H2N…
There is no tipping culture in Iceland. You are not expected to tip waiters, taxi drivers or the like. icelandmag.visir.is/artic…
Former Reality TV star, Jon Gosselin (from Jon and Kate plus 8) now works 2 jobs as a waiter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
There is a restaurant in Chicago, IL where the waitresses and waiters are rude to you on purpose. eddebevics.com/
There is a restaurant in japan that uses monkeys as waiters news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_de…
Two restaurants in China fired all their robot waiter staff because the robots kept spilling food and drinks. mirror.co.uk/tech/robot-w…
At the 1991 Clio Awards (the advertising industry's version of the Oscars), the program was disorganized and chaotic, with waiters handing out awards and many awards going un-awarded, and in the end audience members stormed onstage, snatched statuettes from unattended tables and walked out. nytimes.com/1991/06/15/bu…
Before becoming an actor, Chris Pratt was a waiter at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant. He waited on the table of actor/director Rae Dawn Chong, who had starred in one of his favorite films, Commando. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Waiters & Waitresses get 63% of their income from tips, so when you stiff them, it really hurts their wallet payscale.com/tipping-char…

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