Japanese Monkey Waiters

Oct 04, 2011: If someone told us that monkeys could serve as butlers or waiters, it'd be hard to believe it. A natural response might be "You've got to be kidding right?"

Well not anymore. Monkeys as waiters and butlers has become a reality in Japan!

Two simians named Yatchan and Fukuchan serve customers hot towels and drinks in The Kayabukiya tavern north of Tokyo. And we do have to tip them, albeit with soya beans instead of dollars :).

Kaoru Otsuka, the owner of the monkeys originally kept them as pets. But later Yatchan and Fukuchan started aping their owner thus demonstrating that they were capable of doing a job. How did it start? Otsuka says:
"Yatchan 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.

Well that's awesome. Thank God that there are animal regulations by virtue of which Yatchan and Fukuchan are only permitted to work for two hours a day. But clever Otsuka has got future shifts covered. He's training three more monkeys to be bartenders! With some soya beans in our pockets we can now get ready for a Monkey Cocktail ...

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