Video: Waiters Monkeying Around in Japanese Restaurant

7 October 2008

All kinds of interesting global trends first start in Japan. So could this be the next big thing?

At the Kayabukiya tavern, two waiters have been hired to replace traditional humans to serve customers hot towels and drinks.

Their names are Yat-Chan and Fuku-Chan. And they are both monkeys.

These two macaque monkey are trained to provide table service in exchange for soy bean tips. Pretty cool.

"Yat-chan first learned by just watching me working in the restaurant. It all started when one day I gave him a hot towel out of curiosity and he brought the towel to the customer," the 63-year-old owner of the tavern, Kaoru Otsuka, told Reuters.

Both monkeys are household pets and are certified by the local authorities to work at the tavern. They clock in a maximum of two hours a day and are appreciated by customers who tip them with boiled soya beans during down time.

"The monkeys are actually better waiters than some really bad human ones," customer Takayoshi Soeno.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it's kinda cool to have monkeys serve you, or is it just plain wrong to have monkeys doing jobs like these instead of doing what they do best - eating bananas and climbing trees?

TOPICS:   Restaurants

3 comments

  • Liam
    Wow! We should get them over here. They will be far much cheaper than Polish workers as well as being more entertaining and less anti social. They could solve our economic crisis. Ever heard of the saying "If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys". Well this is it. Get them on a building site Labouring.
  • Vince W.
    lol Liam that's hilarious. But not all polish people are that bad!
  • question
    Liam, so you reckon Polish workers are more expenisve than British or others? Is that because of one nice looking Polish burd saying NO to you? lol :D

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