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March 3, 1989 | RUTH REICHL
What's the protocol when the people occupying the table that you've reserved for 7:30 arrive 45 minutes late for their 6 o'clock reservation? Should the management ask them to leave--or keep you standing around while the latecomers finish their meal? What if one of the people in your party really wants to go up to the table and tell these people that her baby sitter has to leave early and that if they are so rude as to eat dessert she won't have time to do the same?
December 6, 1990 | CHARLES PERRY
Does anybody remember the 12.5 million tomato seeds that were carried on the space shuttle Columbia in order to study the effects of long-term space exposure on living tissue? We just heard that school children in West Lafayette, Ind., were given some space-exposed seeds and raised tomatoes that were served in the school cafeteria. So what are they like? (And what about the remaining 12,499,900 space tomato seeds?
May 19, 1990 | Associated Press
A waiter fired from a restaurant was awarded $60,000 in back wages by a jury that found he was the victim of AIDS discrimination. A judge must still approve the Thursday verdict.
January 13, 1993 | Associated Press
A 30-year-old restaurant customer is facing a murder charge after he allegedly stabbed a waiter to death in an argument over cigarette smoking. Sacramento police spokesman Michael Heenan said Toby Titus Wade of Sacramento surrendered to police Tuesday about seven hours after the 3 a.m. incident at Lil Joe's restaurant in north Sacramento. Wade was booked for investigation of murder and was being held at the Sacramento County Jail, Heenan said.
February 28, 2008
I'm a waiter at Claim Jumper, and I know what Deborah Netburn means. The thing is, sometimes people just sit there and chat way too long. I understand people like to talk, but I need to pay the mortgage and can't make money if I can't turn the table. I'm sure some people eat at a healthy pace, but some just want to sit and converse for over an hour! Javi-Javier Covina
December 30, 2001
Miguel Aguilar, Banquet Waiter Miguel Aguilar, 35, earned $28,000 to $30,000 a year as a banquet waiter at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. He has been out of work since early November. * I started working at the Sheraton Universal eight years ago. I've driven a shuttle bus, I've been a cook and a busboy. But being a server is really the best job. The atmosphere is better than back of the house. It's clean. There are tips.
October 24, 1998 | STEVE HARVEY
The Original Pantry Cafe turns 75 next year--and a myth associated with the Figueroa Street landmark is approaching the half-century mark. The myth holds that its waiters are ex-cons. "Oh, yes," said waiter Aldo Frisan with a laugh. "We still hear that. People ask me, 'What were you in for?' " The rumor is believed to have started after World War II when an Eastern sports columnist in town for the Rose Bowl wrote that the waiters looked like thugs.
October 7, 1996
TV actors Judd Nelson ("Suddenly Susan"), Thomas Haden Church ("Ned & Stacey"), Lacey Chabert ("Party of Five"), Joey Slotnick ("The Single Guy"), Marcia Cross ("Melrose Place") and Hitchcock fave Tippi Hedren will be waiting tables at the Palm Restaurant on Sunday. They're among several stars helping out at the third annual Celebrity Server Dinner benefiting the Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.
February 14, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
Los Angeles Police Department officers from the West Valley Division will trade in their cop uniforms for waiters' aprons Monday and Tuesday as part of a nationwide fund-raiser. Since 1995, the LAPD has partnered with the Red Lobster restaurant chain in the Tip-a-Cop program, in which officers greet customers, fill water glasses and serve meals to raise money for the Special Olympics.
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