There's something a bit unnerving about a waiter with a bow tie and vest. It's possible it's become a horror cliche, after the best frightful waiter there is, Delbert Grady, was portrayed in The Shining. Then again, was he the butler? Or the caretaker? Or was that Charles Grady? I'm not sure.
Why so creepy? Maybe it's the fact that they have access your food and drinks and you never know when something could have been slipped in unknowingly. Or maybe it's the fact that they're dealing with something so intimate as food - what could be more intimate than something you've trusted enough to go into your body - and yet you never really know them, though they act so friendly, hospitable and kind, like a good friend. Or maybe it's because at the end of the day they're working for tips and a 20 spot could go along way towards something nefarious.
Just saying. Champaign anyone?
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Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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