Where did the question, "What can I get started for you?" at restaurants begin?

Update: This question, I've found, is a new phenomenon at restaurants. The standard questions when one's order is being taken are, "what can I get for you?", "what would you like?" and "how can I help you"? I'd just like to know how this question got started because it's so odd. show more This question, I've found, is a new phenomenon at restaurants. The standard questions when one's order is being taken are, "what can I get for you?", "what would you like?" and "how can I help you"? I'd just like to know how this question got started because it's so odd.
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