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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.
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
It's Monday night in the Borscht Belt, and a freak summer fog hangs over the Catskill Mountains, heavy as a potato pancake. In the nightclub of the old Granit Hotel, a pooped crowd of senior citizens waits for the King of Shtick to arrive. Suddenly, a four-piece band wakes them up with "Smile Though You're Heart Is Breaking," and Mal Z. Lawrence struts on stage like some wise guy at a bar mitzvah. "Food is a big thing here in the Catskills, isn't it?"
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.
August 17, 1997
Concerning William Meecham's remarks on restaurant rudeness (Letters, July 13): I submit that a server's asking if you're done with your meal usually has little to do with the management wanting to clean up and a lot to do with wait- ers not being mind readers. We servers are constantly reminded to treat our patrons as we'd want to be treated ourselves. I'd personally prefer to have a soiled plate out of my way as soon as possible. (Most patrons seem unaware that placing their silverware across the plate signals that they are finished.
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.
April 11, 1991
Erman Alvin Fountain, a retired waiter at The Original Pantry Cafe in Los Angeles, has died at a Hollywood hospital. He was 75. A longtime resident of Atwater, Fountain died Tuesday of complications of emphysema, said his son, Steve Fountain. Born in Salem, Ark., Fountain came to California in the early 1930s and began working as a waiter at The Original Pantry Cafe in 1939. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, achieving the rank of staff sergeant.
July 20, 1989 | From Reuters
The Mafia apparently has apologized to a 25-year-old Italian pizza waiter for mistakenly sending him a death threat. Ten days ago, Giuseppe Bruno found a fistful of unfired bullets on the seat of his car--a traditional Mafia warning. Puzzled and frightened, he moved out of his boarding house, quit his job and kept a low profile. This week, Bruno found a letter in his car: "We got the car wrong." Police believe the unsigned letter was from a local Mafia group.
A man found dead in an orange grove near the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station had been shot in the head, sheriff's officials said Friday. Jose Luis Pena Banuelos, 24, apparently was dumped in the field a short time before his body was discovered by a farm worker Thursday morning, Orange County sheriff's officials said. Pena Banuelos, a part-time waiter at upscale hotels in Irvine and Newport Beach, was the third person found murdered in the area since late March.
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