There were over 8000 waiters and waitresses with Ph.D. or professional degree in the US according to a 2010 study. In total, 317.000 of them had at least a college degree.
Edsel Ford Fong was called the “world’s rudest, worst, most insulting waiter” and worked at 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.
There is a Japanese cafe that is staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralysed people.
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.
In Chicago in 1918 one hundred waiters were taken into custody for poisoning the drinks of people who tipped them poorly.
In 1918 over 100 waiters were arrested for poisoning bad tippers in Chicago.