I'm a vego waiter. Usually I'm ok, if I have my own section, all I'm doing is taking orders and running out drinks. The runners take out the meals. But, when I'm working as a runner, it's not so great. Also, when I say 'enjoy your meal' after doing the cracked pepper thing, what I mean to say is 'I hope you CHOKE'
I am the butt of many jokes. The other night I was putting linen away and a chef walked past with a piece of red raw meat, waving it and saying 'mmmm!'. I don't know what I did to deserve that. The chefs mean it in good fun, but it's like saying 'Only complete lunatics don't believe in sex before marriage, pro-choice, etc etc' to a catholic. It's really insulting.
I tend to disassociate the piece of meat, from being an animal. Also, like xJen10 said, when people ask me about food, or what I recommend, I don't lie. I just say 'ohh...you lucked out. You got the vegetarian waiter!' Then I half jokingly say they should get the mushroom tart and the pumpkin risotto. A lot of our regulars know I'm vego now. I don't say it in a 'you murderous pig!' way, and I tell them what is popular. The only things that really sh!t me, are when people order kangaroo and call it skippy... or something equally stupid, like ordering lamb and pretending to care that it's a baby animal. I don't spend too much time on such people, only really drop by those tables when I absolutely need to. Not because I'm an elitist vego, but because I have no time for idiots. Also, maybe the odd customer will take note of their vegetarian waitress and think about it, before their next meal [probably not though!]
lol, I applied for a job with Animal Lib a couple of weeks ago. So need to get out of hospitality!