People Were Warned

This is going to come as a shock to the $15 an hour minimum wage crowd, but the fact of the matter is that businesses exist to make money, not to provide jobs. When jobs are created, it’s because they’re considered essential to the process of making money. When they unduly interfere with that process, jobs are eliminated.

And as has been discussed here previously, the push to establish a $15 per hour minimum wage will backfire, and it will disproportionately affect the very people it would purportedly help:  under-educated, unskilled laborers like the cashiers at McDonald’s and other fast-food joints. In the past several years, kiosks have been sprouting up at such places across Europe and now, as predicted, they’re being tested in the USA. They don’t need breaks, they don’t demand higher wages, and they don’t require a comprehensive health-insurance plan that provides them with free breast pumps.

They’re a perfect match to the needs of many businesses, and so you’ll be seeing them blossoming across the fruited plains in the coming years.

McDonald's testing automated cashiers  ...that won't demand $15 per hour

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4 Responses to People Were Warned

  1. lectorconstans says:

    (From the Huffington Post):

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/fast-food-robot_n_5668600.html
    “Momentum Machines of San Francisco has invented a fully-automated contraption that can grind meat, slice tomatoes, grill patties, wrap fully cooked burgers and do pretty much anything else human fast-food workers can do. The machine is capable of cranking out 360 burgers per hour, according to Momentum Machines’ website.
    …..
    “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” co-founder Alexandros Vardakostas Xconomy in 2012. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.”

    (Most likely, that’s another word for “obsolete”.)

    http://momentummachines.com/
    “It does everything employees can do except better:”

    I’ve no doubt there’ll be a resurgence of Ned Ludd, and organic fetishists will tell us that machine food is “inhuman” or “frankenburgers” or some such.

    • maxredlines says:

      Yes, I wrote about that tech a few months ago on another site. Obviously, they’re more expensive to acquire and maintain, so I believe that the start will be to eliminate cashiers/order takers. Assuming that it takes off, that will give franchisees the necessary confidence to move to the other machines as well.

  2. g says:

    Ban kiosks?
    Square pegs will be made to fit those round holes come hell or high water and no matter how much money it costs to make them fit.

    We’re from the govt. We’re here to help you.

    • maxredlines says:

      Portland might ban them; nothing they do comes as a huge surprise. Bluemanure and Bon-Ami will push to give tax subsidies to persuade companies to retain the unskilled workers.

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